Sonala strikes sixty-five – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Friday, May 15, in this Corona-tainted year of 2020 marks the 65th birthday of the inimitable journalist’s journalist Sonala Olumhense. I doubt that I would ever have become a journalist if not for my eventful meeting with the man called…

Dear millennial, let me introduce you to Fela Kuti – Dami Ajayi

Fela Anikulapo-Kuti would have turned 81 on October 15 of this year, but for the fact that he has been dead for more than 22 years. The implication of this is that there is a cohort of Millenials who never…

Who Fela epp?: 5 Nigerian Artistes Inspired by Fela Anikulapo Kuti – Uzoma Ihejirika

Every year, all around the world, the life and works of Nigeria’s foremost musical icon, late Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s are commemorated with music, arts and fanfare at the weeklong Felabration festival.Founded 21 years ago by Yeni Anikulapo-Kuti, Felabration presents an opportunity to…

Felabration 2019 kicks off October 14 with Chimamanda and Bobi Wine

Felabration, the annual celebration and memorial in honour of Afrobeat maestro and music legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti returns this October with an exciting lineup of music and thought leadership events. Felabration which is in its 21st year is an annual…

Burna Boy and the Fela influence – Dami Ajayi

Twenty-two years after Fela‘s death, his accomplished older son, Femi Kuti, is 58 years old, the exact age Fela was when he succumbed to HIV/AIDS. Seun Kuti, his younger son, in whose hands the mantle of leading the Egypt 80…

5 times Falz proved to be Fela’s biggest fan

On June 8, the walls of Eko Convention Centre will be bursting at the seams with excitement, colour and music as A-list Nigerian entertainer, Falz, prepares to take the stage for the second edition of his highly anticipated live show,…

Do you know that Nigerian obituaries are full of lies?-Tara Martins Aisida

“People are afraid to tell the truth even in obituaries” I recently read an article where the aforementioned statement was made and it struck a nerve within me and made a lot of sense. The statement had been made by…

“Moral Instruction” is Falz trying to be like Fela -Dami Ajayi

Falz may well be the most hard-working Nigerian rapper alive. With three studio albums and one duet EP with Simi already in his kitty (not counting his retinue of comic routines in cyber archives) the lawyer-turned-rapper’s work ethic is quite…

Abiodun “Breaks Free” with new album – Dami Ajayi

IT has been a while since the turn of millennium when the BANTU Collective came to Lagos through promotional appearances for their first album, Fufu. This was during the Pre-Channel O era before Pay  View TV became popular. This was…

African China: The Fela acolyte that never was

  In a recent interview after not saying much for a long time, African China, the Nigerian reggae artist reportedly said that he would never keep quiet about the truth even if it would cause him his life. For someone…

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