Fela: This Bitch of a Life

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Fela: This Bitch of a Life

Published on Sat, Nov 17 2012 by Pikin-In-Chief
You may be in a reflective mood. Or maybe it's one of appreciation. If so, the Economist has this piece on a new museum in Lagos on the Immortal Fela Kuti.
 
It's a good piece to read if for nothing more than the continuing education on the life and struggles of Fela. If you do, you will find this nugget of Gold buried towards the end,
 
His alternative lifestyle aroused the Nigerian authorities’ violent hostility. Often appearing with cigar-sized marijuana spliffs defiantly held between his fingers, he rejected Nigeria’s two main religions, Christianity and Islam; instead he worshipped ancestors and married 27 women. Newspaper cut-outs and extracts from his manifesto, framed in the museum, chronicle his battle against corruption and social injustice as well as his constant scrapes with the law. He is said to have appeared in court 356 times in 25 years.
 
However, be careful of mood swing mines. Don't read all the way to the end, or that reflective or appreciative mood goes sour quickly ... 
“The issues of corruption and frustration that he sang about still strike a chord with Nigerians today,” he adds. “Just goes to show that some things never change.”
Some things never change! After 25 years of struggle, and 15 years since his death, this is the legacy Nigerians could offer Baba today.
 
 

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