How many Nigerian artistes would be celebrated like Fela long after they are gone?
It’s been 19 long years since Nigerian Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti breathed his last, but we still continue to celebrate, commend, eulogize and miss him.
Fela was an enigmatic character who championed ONE major cause; the fight for humanity.
Be it through his meaningful, daring and unique style of music, or at times his controversial antics, he was the mirror – and voice – for the oppressed.
His music’s diversity reflected the day’s government’s criminal behaviour, religions’ exploitative nature, evil multinational corporations, sex, pollution, and poverty – ALL which are still pertinent today.
Though many consider themselves fortunate to have witnessed the icon’s reign, it is essential that subsequent generations grow up to learn of Abami Eda‘s mysticism.
And as many of today’s artistes celebrate and eulogize the Afrobeat legend, it is baffling that only a handful will do what it takes to be remembered and celebrated decades after they are gone.