Mr Fela Anikulapo Kuti (Fela)
Former musician and protest leader
Date of Birth: 15/10/1938
Place of Birth: Abeokuta, Nigeria
Married to Remilekun Taylor, 3 children, Femi, Yeni and Sola
Education: Music, Trinity College of Music, London, United
Career: Singer/songwriter, Koola Lobitos, London, 1958-63; moved
back to Nigeria, 1963; Koola Lobitos reformed, 1963; took Koola Lobitos
to the United States, 1969; Koola Lobitos renamed Africa ‘70,
1970; returned to Nigeria, 1970; Founder, Kalakuta Republic, 1970; hit
album Zombie released, 1977; formed political party, Movement of the
People, 1979; put himself forward for presidential elections,
candidature refused, 1979; formed Egypt ‘80, 1980; jailed for currency
smuggling, 1984-85; arrested and charged with murder, 1993; Olikoye
Ransome-Kuti announces Fela's death, 1997.
Commentary: The father of afrobeat, Fela Kuti was one of Nigeria’s
most famous singer-songwriters. Heavily influenced by the Black Power movement in his early years, he
became a voice for the politically oppressed in Nigeria and a tireless
campaigner for human rights. His vociferous attacks against injustice
made him the recipient of a steady barrage of harassment from powerful
figures but also earned him great respect from those who loved his music
and his message.
Vol 55 N0 7
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)...
Vol 52 N0 7
A showdown is expected in the Lagos Central senatorial race between Oluremi Tinubu, wife of ACN baron Bola Tinubu, and Yemisi Ransome-Kuti, the late Fela Kuti’s cousin and matriarch of the Kuti family, who is standing on the ticket of the Social Democratic Mega Party...
Vol 48 N0 14
ECONOMY | AFRICA | OIL
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...
Vol 47 N0 4
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...