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Seun Kuti storms Afrika Shrine

Thirty three years ago, men suspected to be soldiers invaded, raided and burned down the property that housed the late Afro-beat King, Fela Anikulapo- Kuti, his family and club.

In that show of shame, Fela’s mother, his wives and dancers were allegedly beaten and raped by the rampaging soldiers.

Although the Army which was under the control of General Olusegun Obasanjo, then Head of State denied the involvement of Nigeria soldiers in what was later described in a song  by Fela as Kalakuta Show, it went on to set up a panel of inquiry.

Seun Kuti

On the submission of its report, the panel headed by foremost jurist and former acting Chief Judge of Borno State, late Justice Kalu Anya claimed the destruction and mayhem was carried out by unknown soldiers.

The property located at the Moshalshi end of Ojuelegba Road was seized by Obasanjo’s government and converted to a secondary school complex.

Tonight at the New Afrika Shrine, the son of the late Afro beat and leader of the Egypt 80 band Seun Anikulapo takes the centre stage in a special performance. to commemorate the 33rd Anniversary of the burning of Kalakuta Republic by the obnoxious military regime of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Afrobeat devotees are expected to converge at the show to express their displeasure on the injustice visited on the Afro Beat legend and the lack of compensation to the Kuti family by the Federal Government.

A new Broadway Musical “Fela” by Billy T. Jones, recently previewed in New York will also be screened live before the show as part of activities to mark the event.


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