Afrobeat Culture Federator


Monday 24 November 2014 by Mabinuori Idowu (aka ID)


November 24, 1974 – November 24, 2014

November 23, 1974, the police aware that up till then they have been unsuccessful in their attempts to hold Fela directly responsible, for any of the alleged crimes finally attacked his house again. Three truck loads of Nigerian anti-riot police squad armed to the teeth with guns, batons, tear-gas, axes and cutlasses - like Fela sang in the album Kalakuta Show, held-up traffic for hours around Moshalashi area. They cut down the wired fence and beat-up the inhabitants of Kalakuta - forcibly arresting and pushing them into the waiting police vehicles. Fela was seriously wounded from the beating he received, and was admitted to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital for treatment from injuries he sustained from the police attack.

He came out of the hospital with 18 stitches on his head and a broken arm, and his older brother Olikoye Ransome-Kuti a paediatric professor at the hospital remarked on seeing Fela: “those who did these to you wanted to kill you”. The reader will recall that this was the period the author had the privilege of meeting with Fela, and getting to know him as explained in the preface of this volume. Fela came-out-of the hospital, and immediately continued his routine of performing four times a week at the Shrine despite his injuries. Undaunted by the brutal attack and the injuries he sustained, he continued to perform and publicly denounced police and army brutality in the country.



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