‘I used to smoke and suffer chest pains’ – Yeni Kuti on why she quit smoking

Posted on July 11 2016 , at 04:09 pm
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  • 55-year-old Yeni said the thought of not seeing her daughter Rolari graduate was the reality check she needed.

Yeni reveals why she quit smoking
Yeni reveals why she quit smoking

Late Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti‘s daughter, Yeni Kuti has revealed the inspiration behind quitting her once-upon-a-time ‘puff puff’ habit.

Revealing she has distanced herself from smoking for three years, the 55-year-old said the thought of not seeing her daughter Rolari graduate was the reality check she needed.

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Before my daughter went into the university, I used to smoke and suffer chest pains. I was like ‘if I continue smoking I may die before my daughter graduates,’ Yeni told Sun in an interview.

That was the inspiration I needed to stop smoking because for years, I had been telling myself that I would stop smoking on the first day of January, but by January 4 I was still smoking.’

But this time, I didn’t wait for January 3 or 4. I simply told myself that if I continued smoking, I would die and never see my daughter graduate. And that was just too important for me, so I just stopped. I have stopped smoking for three years. The fear of not being able to educate my child gave me that inspira­tion. I was like, who will educate this girl if I die?‘ she further said.

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