Nigerian international footballer, William Troost-Ekong has disclosed that he is inspired by Afrobeats icon Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Grammy award winner Burna Boy.
Speaking on Black History Month via the official website of his football club, Watford, Troost-Ekong mentioned that he draws inspiration from the renowned African figures.
Specifically, the Black History Month is a special month (October) set aside to amplify the work of black people and recognise their achievements in society.
According to Ekong, he’s inspired by the messages in Burna Boy’s songs.
“His music inspires me, maybe like a modern-day Fela because he also has very strong messages in his music and I love what he stands for. He has a great connection with the UK and coming from Nigerian heritage, he’s someone I can relate to.” he said.
On Fela, who is regarded as the pioneer of Afrobeat, The Dutch-born defender said:
“I love what he stands for, it’s individualism and also the great music he makes, all of his songs, the messages, the life lessons, so anyone who hasn’t heard Fela’s music I would definitely recommend it.”
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