On October 14, 2021, Omosalewa Kuti, the third child of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, the father of Afrobeat legend, turned 45.
Omosalewa, also known as Shalewa or DJ Shaarks, wrote in an Instagram post on her birthday, “A Queen was born today! Happy birthday to the most powerful goddess.
“I want happiness, not only for myself, for everyone.”
Her elder sister Yeni Anikulapo-Kuti wrote in her own Instagram post: Happy birthday dear beautiful Shalewa. Wish you the best today and always. Welcome back.”
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The daughter of the guy who founded the Afrika Shrine received birthday wishes from the shrine, which is run by Yeni.
“The management and staff of the New Afrika Shrine celebrate with Shalewa Anikulapo-Kuti (world-famous DJ Shaarks) We wish you all the best as you mark another year. Egbe egbe wain wain!!!!!!! Please celebrate with us,” a statement on the entertainment and culture hub’s Instagram page read.
Below are nine things you didn’t know about Shalewa
1 She is a qualified lawyer but works mostly as a DJ.
2 Born in 1976, she is the fifth of Fela’s children.
3 Her younger siblings are Motunrayo and Seun Anikulapo-Kuti.
4 Her older siblings are Yeni, Femi, Sola and Kunle Anikulapo-Kuti.
5 Sola died in 1997, a few weeks after her dad, making Shalewa Fela’s second surviving daughter.
6 She is the founder of music production outfit Shaarks Music.
7 Before relocating to the UK, Shalewa completed her studies in law and mass communication at the University of Lagos and the Ogun State Polytechnic (now Moshood Abiola Polytechnic), respectively.
8 Shalewa claims that part of honoring Fela’s tradition is becoming a female DJ even though she does not sing, play an instrument, or dance like her brothers Femi and Seun or sisters Yeni and late Sola.
9 The day after Shalewa turned 45, her father Fela, who was born on October 15, 1938 and passed away on August 2, 1997, would have turned 83.