Habeeb Okikiola, the controversial Nigerian artiste, who is popularly known as Portable, has declared himself as the new Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.
Kuti, regarded as the King of Afrobeat, was a Nigerian musician, bandleader, composer, political activist, and Pan-Africanist.
He died in 1997.
Speaking in the latest episode of the Bae U Barbi show, Portable said his fans gave him the title “newborn Fela” and he reckoned with it.
“I didn’t give myself the title, ‘Newborn Fela.’ My fans gave it to me. You know I have a lot of fans, my fans brought me to this point. Normally, you have to be bold, a lion doesn’t fear to walk alone,” he said.
To those still calling him an up-and-coming musician, the singer said there is no superstar that is currently bigger than him in Nigeria.
“Which superstar do you know that is bigger than me in Nigeria? I am the one they are talking about now: a musician that is trending. My talk is trending, my slangs are trending, my movement is trending, my dressing is trending.
“Last year, I was upcoming this year, I am also upcoming. I will be up and coming everyday. Coming with new glory everyday. Newborn Fela. Every year is my year,” he said.
Portable became famous after contributing to the song “ZaZoo Zehh” featuring rapper Olamide and dancer Poco Lee.
During his early stage of fame, he became well known for calling out his business partners on social media for scamming him on business deals.