By Osagie Alonge
Femi Segun, former husband of Yeni Kuti, Afrobeat dancer and daughter of the late great Fela Kuti has passed away.
Segun, a self-described humanist turned politician, sources say, died due to complications from multiple injuries sustained in a road accident while driving his power motor bike in Lagos a week ago. He is said to have died this morning, March 21, 2014 at a Lagos hospital.
Segun’s death was first reported by his Igbobi College Alumnus and long-time friend, broadcaster Bola-Wola Makinde who wrote a short condolence message on his (Makinde) Facebook page. The message was accompanied with a picture of his friend dressed in bikers’ gear, standing next to his power bike.
‘Who can question the Lord?…Requiescat in pace,Femi Segun!‘, Makinde wrote on his timeline. Four days earlier, Makinde posted a get-well-soon message for his dear friend. ‘The GOOD Lord WILL heal you,my darliing brother Igbobian!‘, it reads.
A source close to the Kuti family has also confirmed Segun’s death. ‘Yes it’s true, I just reached them and it’s quite sad‘, a source informed NET.
NET has received no response from Yeni Kuti or any other member of the family about the tragic death. Yeni however talked about her ex’s accident during an episode of TV show ‘Your View’ which airs on TVC.
According to his LinkedIn page, Segun was up on till his shocking death, the CEO of Coltrane Nigeria Ltd, a ‘one-stop provider of multi-sector and ancillary logistic solutions. He was also the director of research and protocol at the Lagos Black Heritage Festival from 2010 to 2013. He was a master compere and speaker of note.
Femi Segun and Yeni have one child together, a daughter, Rolari Segun. In 2010 the 26-year-old graduated from the University of Leeds in the UK. Both parents were present at the ceremony.
Although separated from former wife Yeni, Segun stayed close to the family, participating in the family’s yearly Felabration festival. He was seen wearing his ubiquitous combat shorts in October, last year at the week-long music festival held at the New Afrika Shrine, Ikeja, Lagos. Segun was also present at Femi Kuti‘s 50th birthday celebration back in 2012.
In November 1983, Segun, daughter of celebrated author Mabel Segun, was honoured as the ‘Officer of the Order of Rio Branco’ by the Government of Brazil.
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