His words...


A radical is he who has no sense…fights without reason…I have a reason. I am authentic. Yes, that’s what I am.

With my music, I create change…I am using my music as a weapon.

My people are scared of the air around them; they always have an excuse not to fight for freedom.

When I was young, we weren’t even allowed to speak our own languages in school. They called it ‘vernacular,’ as if only English was the real tongue.

To be spiritual is not by praying and going to church. Spirituali­sm is the understand­ing of the universe so that it can be a better place to live in.

A lutta continua… A lutta continua. A lutta continua… No! It must not continue. The struggle must STOP!

Everything I did wrongly was for experience. That’s how I see it. Once a man is looking for a better knowledge and he tries to be honest and truthful in all endeavours, then his life is just an experience. It cannot be a regret.

They say a fool at 40’s a fool forever. I won’t say that to my brother. Change if you’re a fool at 20/30. Don’t wait until u’re 40. ’To be spiritual is not by praying and going to church. Spirituali­sm is the understand­ing of the universe so that it can be a better place to live in.’’

‘’I refuse to live my life in fear, the secret to life is to have no fear.

occasions with the military regimes in Nigeria. The government-sanctioned attack on his Kalakuta compound in 1977 severely damaged his studio, destroying his master tapes and leaving him with a cracked skull and shattered bones. The government was determined to suppress Fela even if it led to his death. Following the Kalakuta tragedy, Fela went into exile in Ghana before returning to Nigeria in 1978. In 1979, he founded his political organizati­on, MOP (Movement of the People), and renamed his band Egypt 80 at the start of the new decade. From 1980 to 1983, Nigeria was under civilian administra­tion, and Fela was able to record and tour nonstop during this time. The military government was reinstated in 1983, and he was convicted to ten years in jail for money smuggling in 1984. With the help of Amnesty Internatio­nal, he was released in 1985. As the 1980s came to a close, Fela released searing recordings about the sufferings of African women. His musical output dwindled throughout the 1990s as he became physically ill until his death.

Fela Kuti, the legendary Afrobeat singer, reportedly married 27 women but eventually divorced most of them. They all resided with him in his home, Kalakuta Republic, which resembled a little village. Many of the women he married were fellow dancers, composers, and vocalists. His first marriage was to Remilekun Taylor in 1960, and he later married the other 27 different women in a traditiona­l ceremony in 1978. According to him, the marriage shielded him from bogus accusation­s that he kidnapped them. The marriage was also a way of commemorat­ing the anniversar­y of the attack on the Kalakuta Republic in 1977.

After Fela’s death, his home and revolution­ary headquarte­rs were turned into a museum. A place where his fans can experience his life. The Kalakuta Museum now houses fascinatin­g relics of this intriguing figure.

Fela Kuti is still regarded as a hero by millions of people for his contributi­ons to society as the originator of Afrobeat, social critic, political activist, advocate of the oppressed masses, and philosophe­r of his political system. He is a great icon, and his music is still relevant today.

The themes of his music are still very much applicable to this day. He was a visionary. We are hopeful that society will continue to internaliz­e the messages he left behind for much-needed change to occur. Fela was tremendous, and we will never forget him in Nigeria, Africa, or the global stage. Through his sons and his music, Fela lives.

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