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My wife didn’t like our son’s music career –Femi Falana

Music sensation, Falz, is enjoying every moment
in the spotlight but before he got there, he had to
cross some hurdles at home. Saturday Beats
learnt that although his father, a Senior Advocate
of Nigeria, Femi Falana, did not have any problem
with his decision, his mother, Funmi who is also a
lawyer had her reservation.
Falana said that his wife initially struggled to
accept the career choices of their children who
chose to practise other professions aside from
law.
Falana, who was a guest speaker at a valedictory
service and prize giving day ceremony of Crown
Heights College, Ibadan, recently, shared his
personal experience with parents at the event,
urging them not to force any profession on their
children.
He said, “Don’t force any course on your children;
don’t insist that they must be a doctor or a
lawyer. My son Folarin, who was working in our
chambers, came to inform me one day that he
wanted to leave. I said I could find him a place in
one of my friends’ chambers. But he said no, ‘I’m
going to be a musician’. When I asked why, he
convinced me but he couldn’t convince his
mother because she’s also a lawyer. Today, he’s
doing well as a musician and not as a lawyer. So
let’s debate with our children to know what they
want to do.”
Falana also shared the story of the late Nigerian
music legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, who chose to
study music against his parents’ wish for him to
become a medical doctor.
He urged the graduating students of the school to
be focus and their parents to “develop interests in
the affairs of their children.”

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