Unknown to many, music sensation and part-time comedian, Falz, ‘the bahd guy’ – real name, Folarin Falana – is the son of renowned human rights lawyer, Femi Falana.
Also unknown to many, Falz is also a lawyer. Same as his mother, Funmi.
The senior Falana, while speaking as a guest speaker at the valedictory service and prize giving ceremony of Crown Heights College, Ibadan, opened up on his how Falz, who used to work in his chambers, quit his job and decided to venture into the world of entertainment.
According to him, he did not struggle with his son’s choice, although his wife found it a hard pill to swallow.
He said: “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.”
Siting the example of legendary Afro-beat creator, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, whose chose to study music against his parents’ choice of medicine, Falana admonished parents to desist from forcing “any course on your children; don’t insist that they must be a doctor or a lawyer.”