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Mr Fela Anikulapo Kuti (Fela)

Former musician and protest leader

Date of Birth: 15/10/1938
Place of Birth: Abeokuta, Nigeria
Died: 02/08/1997


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Chip off the old block

The families of three late Nigerians who had opposed Abacha also turned down the awards: Chief Moshood Kahimawo Olawale Abiola, the publisher and businessman whom Abacha had imprisoned for four years before he died of poisoning in 1998 and whose wife, Kudirat Abiola, was shot dead; Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the dissident singer, composer and band leader; and leading human rights lawyer Gani Fawehinmi (AC Vol 53 No 2, How the fuel row caught fire)...


Books on the boom

He starts with a portrait of the late Nigerian star Fela Anikulapo Kuti, whose career in music and protest politics mirrored the rise of his country's oil economy and its growing political disarray...


Africa's loss

Current President Obasanjo was Nigeria's military leader at the time and set up an official inquiry, which found an 'unknown soldier' responsible for ordering the attack; a conclusion lampooned in Fela Kuti's song of the same name...


Fela and his heirs

'When I am President', intoned Fela Anikulapo Kuti at the height of his political campaigning, 'all Africa will dance to my music'...

Yet Nigeria, once a political powerhouse, has produced few international stars to match Fela Kuti, other than his son Femi and Ju Ju King Sunny Ade, although among Nigerians at home and in the diaspora, Shina Peters has become a cult hero...

Fela Kuti would have disapproved of such an establishment event but it was a clear sign that African music is playing and the West is listening...


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