Popular Musician Femi Kuti, who is also one of the sons of late legendary Afrobeat musician, Fela Anikulapo Kuti has gone down memory lane to recall the burning of Fela’s house by soldiers in 1977.
The Afrobeat singer shared the cover page of The PUNCH from that day, 45 years ago on his Instagram page.
He captioned the photo, “TODAY IN HISTORY: 18TH FEBRUARY 1977: GOVERNMENT BURNT FELA’S HOUSE. WE SHALL NEVER FORGET. #YeniAKuti #bigbirdkuti #madekuti.”
Femi also recalled how soldiers threw his grandmother, Madam Funmilayo Ransome Kuti out of the window.
“On that day, Fela’s mother, our grandma was thrown out of the window from the first floor, she died a year later from injuries, she sustained and never recovered from,” he concluded.
In 1977, Fela released “Zombie”, a mordant, unsparing attack on the Nigerian military and the culture that the institution had built and inculcated into its soldiers.
Using the zombie as a metaphor, Fela described Nigerian soldiers as a bunch of robots with no spine, waiting on orders from above as they marched like toy soldiers.
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