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Excerpts from the Constitution of the Movement of the People (MOP);
Fela’s Bio-data and Inventory of Sonic Censorship.


2Album tides and tracks are in bold/italics highlight. I wish to acknowledge the assistance of the following people for assisting in tracking some of these albums. Special thanks to Messrs Taiye Olagorusi, Jimi Agbebaku, Babatunde Jimoh and Adu James of Mr T’s All-Fela-Music-Centre, Ikeja, Lagos. Toshiya Endo’s compilation on the internet was a most useful reference and, by proxy, Yoshiki Fukazawa, Michael E. Veal and Ray Templeton—through whom a good chunk of the missing gaps was filled. While the current edition has benefited from earlier efforts, it is also an upgraded version —Author


3Fela Ransome Kuti and The Highlife (Rakers) Band. (7” RK 1) Onifereb/wBonfo

4This was produced on Fela’s R-K label, during his student days at the Trinity College, London, between 1958 and 63.


5Fela Ransome-Kuti and His Highlife Rakers

6Aigana b/w Fela’s Special (7” Melodise 1532)

7This recording was tracked down by Ray Templeton.


8Fela Ransome Kuti and the Koola Lobitos

9(45 NPJ Perlophone Nig. 420)

10Yeshe Yeshe b/w?


11Fela Ransome Kuti and the Koola Lobitos

12(7” HNS (1058) EMI Nig.)

13Mr. Who Are You b/w?


14Fela Ransome Kuti and the Koola Lobitos

15(7” HNLX 5033 EMI Nig.)

16Keep Nigeria One b/w?


17Fela Ransome-Kuti and Koola Lobitos

18Live recordings at Afro Spot

19[A] Everyday I Got My Blues / Moti Gborokan / Waka Waka

20[B] Ako / Oloruka / Lai Se / Se E Tun De


21Fela Ransome-Kuti and the Koola Lobitos

22(PNL 1002 EMI Nig.)

23Great Kids / Lagos Baby / Lai Se / Wa Dele / Mi O Mo /

24Ajo/ Iya Mi Oshe O! /Araba’s Delight.


25Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Nigeria 70

26The ’69 Los Angeles Sessions ( HNLX 5033 EMI (Nig.). Re-released in 1993 on CD Stern’s STCD 3005.)

27My Lady Frustration/ Viva Nigeria / Obe / Ako / Witchcraft/ Wayo / Lover / Funky Horn / Eko / This is Sad.


28Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa 70

29(7” HNEP 526 EMI Nig.)

30Blackman’s Cry. This same album was pressed by Polygram Records Ltd. (PH 2002 A & B) in another album collection containing Shakara, Chop and Quench; Let’s Start.


31Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa 70

32Fela’s London Scene (LP EMI HNLX 5200; re-released on Editions Makoossa M 2399)

33[A] J’ehin-J’ehin/ Egbe Mi O

34[B] Who’ve You / Buy Africa /Fight to Finish


35Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa 70

36(7” HNS1322 EMI Nig.)

37Ariya (Part 1) b/w Ariya (Part 2)

38Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Nigeria 70

39Monday Morning in Lagos (Part 1)

40Monday Morning in Lagos (Part 2)


41Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa 70

42Shenshema (7” HNS1299 EMI Nig.)

43Shenshema (Part 1) b/w Shenshema (Part 2)


44Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa 70

45Going In and Out (7” 062 EMI Nig.)

46Going In and Out (Part 1 b/w Going In and Out (Part 2)


47Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa 70

48Fogo-Fogo (7” HNS 1472 EMI Nig.)

49Fogo-Fogo (Part 1) b/w Fogo-Fogo (Part 2)


50Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa 70

51Beautiful Dancer; Jeun K’oku (Chop & Quench); Blackman’s Cry (HNLX 5043 A); Na Fight -o; Who’re You Jeun K’oku (B).


52Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa 70

53Why Black Man Dey Suffer (LP African Songs AS 0001)

54[A] Why Black Man Dey Suffer

55[B] Ikoyi Mentality Versus Mushin Mentality

56According to Toshiya Endo, this was “initially recorded for EMI, but EMI refused to release it.”)


57Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa 70

58Open and Close (LP EMI HNLX5090: re-released on Parthe Marconi 062-81957)

59[A] Open and Close / Suegbe and Pako

60[B] Gbagada Gbogodo


61Fela Ransome-Kuti and The African 70 with Ginger Baker.


63LP Regal Zonophone SLRZ 1023; re-released on Parthe Marconi 062-04933)

64[A] Let’s Start /Black Man’s Cry

65[B] Yeye De Smell / Egbe Mi O (Carry Me, I Want to Die)


66Ginger Baker (with Fela Ransome-Kuti (vo, kbd) Stratavarious (LP Polydor 2383 133)

67[A] Ariwo / Tiwa

68[B] Something Nice /Juju / Blood Brothers 69 / Coda


69Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa 70

70Alu jon-jon-ki-jon (7” HMV HNS1119)

71Alu jon-jon-Ki-Jon (Part 1) b/w Alu jon-jon-ki-jon (Part 2). Re-released in 1973 on Zanophone (EMI)- SLR 7 1034 with Chop & Quench (Instrumental -A); Eko Ile; Je ’nwi Temi (Don’t Gag Me -B)


72Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa 70

73Egbe Mi O b/w Chop & Quench (7” Stateside GSS0029)

74... Also released in UK as a single Egbe Mi O b/w Chop &


76(7” Regal Zonophone RZ 3052) in 1972


77Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa 70

78Shakara LP EMI 008N; re-released on Editions Makossa EM2305 and Pathe Marconi 062 82718)...An edited version of Shakara was later released in two parts as a single (7” Creole CR 105) in the United Kingdom in 1975.

79[A] Shakara Oloje

80[B] Lady


81Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa 70

82(Roforofi Fight LP Jofabro Nigeria JILP 1001; re-released on Editions Makossa EM2307 and EM2309)

83[A] Roforojb Fight

84[B] Trouble Sleep Janga Wike Am

85[C Question Jam Answer

86[D] Go Slow


87Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa 70

88The first Na Poi (LP EMI HNLX 5070 A&B)... In a plain white cover without any art work (according to M.E. Veal); re-released 1976 Afrodisia Decca (WA) AWAPS 152, DWAPS 2004. [A] Na Poi (part 1

89[B] Na Poi (part 2) / You No Go Die Unless You Wan Die


90Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa 70

91(LP Regal Zonophone EMI-SLRZ 1034; re-released on

92Pathe Marconi 062 81290)

93[A] Alu Jon-Jon-ki-Jon / Chop and Quench

94[B] Eko Ile /Je’n Wi Temi Afrodisiac


95Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa 70

96Gentleman (LP EMI NEMI 0009; re-released on Pathe

97Marconi 2C 062 81960 and Creole CRLP502)

98[A] Gentleman

99[B] Fefe Naa Efe /Igbe


100Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa 70

101Alagbon Close (LP Jofabro Nigeria JIL1002; re-released on Editions Makossa EM2313)

102[A] Alagbon Close

103[B] I No Get Eye for Back


104Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa 70

105It’s Not Possible (LP EMI 006N; re-released on Pathe Marconi 052 81958 and on Sterns 3008)...Prod, by Ginger Baker. The name of the track ‘He No Possible’ was changed

106to ‘It’s Not Possible’ in the Stern’s-version LP

107[A] It’s Not Possible

108[B] He Miss Road/Monday Morning in Lagos


109Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa 70

110[A] Monday Morning In Lagos / Shenshema / Don’t Gag Me

111[B] Beggar’s Song /Alu Jon-Jon-Ki-Jon / Chop & Quench

112(Instrumental) Fela’s Budget Special (LP EMI HNLX 5081)

113...Low-priced compilation album


114Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa 70

115Expensive, Shit (LP Soundwork Shop SWS1001; re-released on Editions EM2315)

116[A] Expensive Shit

117[B] Water No Get Enemy


118Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa 70

119[A] Noise for Vendor Mouth

120[B] Mattress (LP Afrobeat ABR O-11)


121Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa 70

122Everything Scatter (LP Coconut PMLP1000; re-released on Creole CRLP509)

123[A] Everything Scatter

124[B] Who No Know Go Know


125Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa 70

126Confusion (LP EMI NEMI 0004). In Kalakuta parlance, upon the release of Confusion Break Bones (1990), this earlier recording was referred to as First Confusion.

127[A] Confusion (Instrumental)

128[B] Confusion (Vocal)

129Tony Allen and The Africa 70 (With Fela Ransome-Kuti)

130[A] Jealousy

131[B] Hustler (LP Sound Workshop 1004)


132Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa ’70

133Kalakuta Show (Kalakuta Records (kk00l);

134Re-released on Editions Makossa M2320 and Creole


136[A] Kalakuta Show

137[B] Don’t Make Ganran Ganran


138Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Africa 70

139The Best of Ransome-Kuti (HNLX 5043)

140[A] Beautiful Dancer

141[B] Jeun Koku I & II

142[C] Black Man’s Cry

143[D] Who Are You


144Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Africa 70

145Ikoyi Blindness (LP Africa Music AMI 001)

146[A] Ikoyi Blindness

147[B] Gba Mi Leti Ki N’dolowo (Slap me Make I Get Money)


148Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Africa 70

149Yellow Fever (LP Decca Afrodisia DWAPS2004)

150[A] Yellow Fever

151[B] Napoi


152Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Africa 70

153Upside Down (LP Decca Afrodisia DWAPS2005)

154[A] Upside Down

155[B] Go Slow


156Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Africa 70

157No Bread (LP Soundwork Shop SWS1003; re-released on

158Editions Makossa EM2382 (Unnecessary Begging)

159[A] No Bread

160[B] Unnecessary Begging


161Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Africa 70

162Before I Jump Like Monkey Give Me Banana (LP Coconut PMLP1001)

163[A] Monkey Banana

164[B] Sense Wiseness


165Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Africa 70

166Zombie (LP Coconut PMLP1003; re-released on Creole CRLP511)

167[A] Zombie

168[B] Mr. Follow Follow


169Fela Ransome-Kuti and Africa 70 Organisation

170Excuse—O (LP Coconut PMLP 1002)

171[A] Excuse-O

172[B] Mr. Grammarticologylisationalism


173Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Africa 70

174Jonny Just Drop (JJD) (LP Decca Afrodisia DWAPS2023)

175[A] JJD (Instrumental)

176[B] JJD (Vocal)


177Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Africa 70

178Sorrow, Tears and Blood (LP Decca Afrodisia DWAPS2025; recorded but unreleased)

179[A] Sorrow, Tears and Blood

180[B] Colonial Mentality


181Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Africa 70

182Opposite People (LP Decca Afrodisia DWAPS2026)

183[A] Opposite People

184[B] Equalisation of Trouser and Pant


185Tunde Williams and The Africa 70 (with Fela Anikulapo-Kuti (ts, p, prod)

186Mr Big Mouth (LP Decca Afrodisia DWAPS2030)

187[A] Mr. Big Mouth

188[B] The Beginning


189Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Africa 70

190Stalemate (LP Decca Afrodisia DWAPS2033)

191[A] Stalemate

192[B] African Massage (Don’t Worry About My Mouth-O)


193Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Africa 70

194Fear Not for Man (LP Decca Afrodisia DWAPS2035)

195[A] Fear Not for Man

196[B] Palm-Wine Sound


197Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Africa 70

198Why Black Man Dey Suffer (LP Decca Afrodisia DWAPS2036; recorded but unreleased. The track Why Black Man Dey Suffer was released in 1986 on Decca Afrodisia DWAPS2251)

199[A] Why Black Man Dey Suffer

200[B] Male


201Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Africa 70

202Observation No Crime (LP Decca Afrodisia DWAPS2037; recorded but unreleased.

203[A] Observation No Crime

204[B] Lady


205Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Africa 70

206I Go Shout Plenty (LP Decca Afrodisia DWAPS20386; recorded but unreleased. The track I Go Shout Plenty was released in 1986 on Decca Afrodisia DWAPS2251, and Frustration of My Lady in 1993 on Lagos International LIR6)

207[A] I Go Shout Plenty

208[B] Frustration of My Lady


209Tony Allen and The Africa 70 (with Fela Anikulapo-Kuti (Co-prod.)

210Progress (LP Coconut PMLP1004)

211[A] Progress

212[B] Afro Disco Beat


213Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Africa 70

214Sorrow, Tears and Blood (LP Kalakuta KK 001-A)

215[A] Sorrow, Tears and Blood

216[B] Colonial Mentality


217Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Africa 70

218Shuffering and Shmiling (LP Coconut PMLP1005)

219[A] Shuffering and Shmiling (instrumental)

220[B] Shuffering and Shmiling (vocal)


221Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Africa 70

222No Agreement (LP Decca Afrodisia DWAPS2039)

223[A] No Agreement

224[B] Dog Eat Dog


225Tony Allen and The Africa 70 (Fela Anikulapo-Kuti (co-prod)

226No Accommodation for Lagos (LP Phonogram POLP 035)

227[A] No Accommodation for Lagos

228[B] African Message


229Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Africa 70

230Unknown Soldier (LP Phonodisk Skylark SKLP003A)

231[A] Unknown Soldier (instrumental)

232[B] Unknown Soldier (vocal)


233Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Africa 70

234V.I.P. Vagabonds in Power (LP Kalakuta KTLP001)

235[A] V.I.P. (instrumental)

236[B] V.I.P. (vocal)


237Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Africa 70

238International Thief Thief (ITT) (LP Kalakuta no suffix)

239[A] I.T.T. (instrumental)

240[B] I.T.T (vocal)


241Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Africa 70

242Authority Stealing (LP Kalakuta no suffix; recorded at phonogram studio.)

243[A] Authority (instrumental)

244[B] Authority Stealing (vocal)


245Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Roy Ayers

246Music of Many Colors (LP Phonodisk PHD003)

247[A] Africa—Center of the World (Fela)

248[B] Blacks Got To Be Free (Roy Ayers)


249Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Africa 70

250Coffin for Head of State (LP Kalakuta KALP 003)

251[A] Coffin for Head of State (instrumental)

252[B] Coffin far Head of State (vocal)


253Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Africa 70

254Original Suffarhead (LP International 2; Arista LIR 2)

255[A] Original Sufferhead

256[B] Power Show and Original Suffer Head Continuation


257Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Egypt 80

258Sorrow, Tears and Blood b/w Colonial Mentality (7” Arista 408)—Edited versions of the original recordings


259Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Egypt 80

260Perambulator (LP Lagos International LIR6)

261[A] Perambulator

262[B] Frustration


263Fela Kuti

264Lady (part 1) b/w Lady (part 2) (7” EMI EMIDJ5441)—A shortened and edited version of the original recording, presumably for promotion.


265Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Egypt 80

266Live in Amsterdam - Music Is the Weapon (LP EMI FELA 2401293; re-released in Nigeria on Polygram PH2000 and PH2002):

267[A] Movement of the People Political Statement Number I (Part 1)

268[B] Movement of the People Political Statement Number I (Part 2)

269[C] Give Me Shit I Give You Shit

270[D] Custom Check Point


271Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Egypt 80

272Army Arrangement (LP Celluloid CEL6115)

273[A] Army Arrangement (instrumental)

274[B] Army Arrangement (vocal)


275Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Egypt 80

276Army Arrangement (LP Yaba - Celluloid CEL6109)

277[A] Army Arrangement

278[B] Cross Examination / Government Chicken Boy


279Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Egypt 80

280Army Arrangement (LP Kalakuta K007)

281[A] Army Arrangement (instrumental)

282[B] Army Arrangement (vocal) (but actually, Cross Examination)


283Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Egypt 80

284Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense (LP Polygram PH2004)

285[A] Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense

286[B] Look And Laugh


287Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Africa 70

288I Go Shout Plenty (LP Decca-Afrodisia DWAPS2251)

289[A] I Go Shout Plenty

290[B] Why Black Man Dey Suffer

291These tracks were taken from 1977 recording, without Fela’s permission


292Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Africa 80

293Fela in Concert (Video View Video NTSC1305)

294Movement of The People Political Statement Number 1 / Army Arrangement / Power Show (instrumental) Copyright: Captain Video / Lagoon Production, 1981


295Oluko Imo with The Africa 70 (with Fela Anikulapo-Kuti (ts, prod)

296Oduduwa (LP Arigidi 01-7)

297[A] Oduduwa

298[B] Were Oju Le

299According to Michael E. Veal, Were Oju Le was sung over an unreleased Africa 70 instrumental track that seems to be unreleased Decca material from 1977


300Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Egypt 80

301Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense

302(PH2004 Polygram Nig. (Video Hendering Video HEN2090)


303Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Egypt 80

304Fela Live (Video Hendering Video HEN2091)


305Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Egypt 80

306Beasts of No Nation (LP Kalakuta K008; re-released on Yaba JU-UDR360153)

307[A] Beasts of No Nation (Instrumental)

308[B] Beasts of No Nation (Vocal)


309Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Egypt 80

310Overtake Don Overtake Overtake (LP Kalakuta K009)

311[A] Overtake Don Overtake Overtake (instrumental)

312[A] Overtake Overtake Don Overtake (vocal)


313Fela Anikulapo and The Egypt 80

314Confusion Break Bone (LP Kalakuta K010)

315[A] Confusion Break Bone (instrumental)

316[B] Confusion Break Bone (vocal)


317Fela Anikulapo and Egypt 80

318Just Like That (LP Kalakuta 011)

319[A] Just Like That

320[B] Movement of The People Political Statement Number 1


321Fela Anikulapo and Egypt 80

322Confusion Break Bone

323[A] Confusion Break Bones ( Instrumental) KALP 010

324[B] Confusion Break Bones ( Vocal)

325Confusion Break Bones / Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense

326Recorded live at Glastonbury England. Copyright: Arts International Limited 1984


327Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and The Egypt 80

328Underground System (LP Kalakuta KALP013; CD Sterns STCD1043)

329[A] Undergrand System

330[B] Pansa Pansa

331Yet to be released:

332Country of Pain

333Big Blind Country

334O. A. U.

335N. N. G. (Nigerian Natural Grass)

336Government of Crooks

337Clear Road for Jaga Jaga

338Music Against Second Slavery

339Football Government


341Akunakuna, Senior Brother of Parambulator

342Condom Scallywag and Scatter

343Chop and Clean Mouth Like Nothing Happened

344Cock Dance

Excerpts from the Constitution of the Movement of the People (MOP)

(Aims and Objectives)

345Motto: Work, Truth, and Happiness

346Part One


348The name of the Party shall be the Movement of the People (MOP).

349Aims and Objectives


351(a) To fight relentlessly to achieve and maintain the second Independence of the People of Nigeria;

352(b) To serve as the positive political vanguard for removing all forms of oppression and for the establishment of a democratic government;

353(c) To secure and maintain the complete unity of all the 19 federal states as one people;

354(d) To work for the speedy reconstruction of a better Nigeria, in which the people shall have all the rights to live and govern themselves as free people without military interference;

355(e) To promote the political, social, and economic emancipation of the people, most especially to abide fully by recommendations of the Festac colloquium for the emancipation of black people as recommended to African governments;

356(f) To undertake and encourage cultural research into our traditional heritage, and build up in the people of Nigeria the pride of being African;

357(g) To propagate as much as possible in Nigeria the principles of Nkrumahism which are all necessary and relevant to speedy and pragmatic national development.


359(a) To work with other nationalist democratic and socialist movements in Africa and other continents, with a view to abolishing imperialism, colonialism, racialism, tribalism and all forms of national and racial oppression and economic inequality among nations, races and peoples and to support all action for world peace;

360(b) To support the demand for a West African Economic System and an African Central Monetary system and of pan Africanism by promoting unity of action among the peoples of Africa and of African descent;

361(c) To fight continuously to establish the pride of the African personality and the pride of all people of African descent.

Bio-data and Inventory of Sonic Censorship

October 15, 1938

362A year before the outbreak of World War II, another male child named Olufela is born into the Ransome-Kuti family at Abeokuta, western Nigeria. He is the third in the line of five children, with elder sister Dolu, elder brother Olikoye, the deceased Hildergath and Beko. Subsequently after his primary education, attends “secondary school under the tutelage of Reverend and Mrs Ransome-Kuti at Abeokuta Grammar School.”


363Music student at Trinity College, England; hanging out with friends such as J.K. Braimoh, Segun Bucknor and cousin Wole Soyinka; playing Highlife for fellow Nigerians in a combo called Koola Lobitos. Returns to Nigeria in 1963.

January 7, 1961

364Fela Ransome-Kuti marries Miss Remi Taylor in London.

May 4, 1961

365Yeni, Fela’s first child, is born.


366Joins the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation, NBC, in Lagos.


367While on tour of the United States, meets Sandra Smith, an Africa-American woman who introduces him to Alex Haley’s Biography of Malcom X, the book that most influenced him along pan-Africanist line.

November 23, 1974

368His residence is invaded by the Nigerian police, and he is arrested and charged for abduction.

April 13, 1976

369Changes his name to Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.

February 18, 1977

370His residence, Kalakuta Republic at No 14A Agege Motor Road, Lagos is burnt down by soldiers after he refuses to hand over a member of the household who, apparently, had earlier had a scuffle with some military personnel. During the assault, the sound track of his film The Black President is burned, while many visiting friends and band members get generally brutalized; Fela’s aged mother is pushed off the story building and many young women are raped by the marauding soldiers.

February 21, 1977

371Forty three members of Fela’s African 70 Band are arraigned before the Igbosere magistrate court, Lagos, for willful damage to a Nigerian Army motorcycle.

February 24, 1977

372Lagos state government orders a public inquiry into the cause of the disturbance at Fela’s residence.

February 1978

373Marries 27 dancers and singers of his band under a traditional rite.

March 18, 1978

374Withdraws his son, Femi, from school in protest against the presence of soldiers in schools.

April 13, 1978

375Her health having progressively declined since military personnel attacked her on February 18 of the previous year, Fela’s activist mother dies at the age of 78 at the Lagos General Hospital.

July 13, 1978

376Fela and members of his organization occupy the premises of Decca, a music company for alleged breach of contract by the company

October 4, 1978

377Announces intention to become the country’s president and thus launches his party Movement of the People (MOP).

October 27, 1978

378Goes to Berlin for the international jazz festival.

October 30, 1978

379Ruins of the burnt Kalakuta Republic are leveled.

December 1978

380Announces that the Movement of the People (MOP) is refused registration.

December 17, 1978

381Announces opting out of the 1979 presidential race.

February 22, 1979

382At a news conference, announces that five of his 27 wives have deserted him.

October 2, 1979

383Arrested along with son, Femi, and fifty nine others; appears before a Lagos magistrate court charged with attempting to breach the peace.

October 30, 1979

384Deposits a replica of his mother’s coffin at the front of Dodan Barracks, then seat of the Nigerian military government.

April 1, 1980

385Acquitted along with other accused persons on the charge of depositing the coffin at Dodan Barracks.

March 1980

386Accepts police invitation to serve as member of the police Public Relations Committee.

September 5, 1980

387Sixty members of his band are arrested in Milan, northern Italy over 34kg of hemp found on an American woman traveling with the group.

September 5, 1980

388Released from detention in Milan after the American woman admits to drug offense for which Fela had been held.

September 7, 1981

389First wife, Remi, separates from him.

March 13, 1981

390Leaves for Europe with a 70-member band with the aim of spreading the message of his movement, MOP

December 2, 1983

391Arrested by the police for allegedly masterminding a robbery

December 4, 1983

392Sues at a Lagos High Court in a bid to prevent his landlord from ejecting him from his house.

February 29, 1984

393Eldest daughter, Yeni, quizzed for alleged armed robbery

June 1984

394A documentary film entitled TeacherDon’t Teach Me Nonsense on Fela’s political life is broadcast to a British audience by the BBC.

September 4, 1984

395Arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport on his way to the United State for a musical tour for allegedly failing to declare 1,600 Pound Stirling found on him.

September 7, 1984

396Appears before a federal High Court charged with illegal possession of foreign currency

September 8, 1984

397Arrested in the middle of a press conference at his Ikeja residence by six armed plainclothes detectives.

September 13, 1984

398Appears before the Port Harcourt zone of the Exchange Control (Anti-Sabotage) Tribunal on a two-count charge of exporting 1,600 Pound Sterling and ostensibly failing to declare same to customs on September 4, 1984.

November 4, 1984

399Sentenced to 10 years in prison by the Exchange Control (Anti Sabotage) Tribunal, having been found guilty of charges preferred against him.

November 15, 1984

400Moved from Ikoyi prison to the Maximum Security Prison, Kirikiri, Lagos.

December 24, 1984

401The Supreme Military Council confirms his jail sentence.

January 3, 1985

402While still in detention, mobile policemen raid his house.

January 24, 1985

403Admitted into the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) from Kirikiri prison.

April 15, 1985

404Fela’s family and other residents of his household are ejected from No 1 Atinuke Olabanji street, Ikeja ostensibly for owing the landlady the sum of 80, 000 Naira.

April 25, 1985

405Moved from Kirikiri prison to a prison in Borno state.

May 20, 1985

406Ejected members of Fela’s household move to his new three-story building at No. 7 Gbemisola street, in the Ikeja suburb of Lagos.

April 23, 1986

407Released from prison after spending 532 days in connection with non-declaration of foreign currency

June 23, 1986

408Reacts to the bomb blast that killed Newswatch chief executive, Dele Giwa, and holds the military responsible for it.

September 3, 1986

409Criticizes the federal government order curtailing movement of citizens after midnight in Lagos and parts of the defunct Bendel state.

November 5, 1986

410Goes on a tour of ten states in the United States, including: New York, Houston, Chicago, and San Francisco.

July 14,1987

411Fela is rumored dead arising from an AIDS—related illness.

May 11, 1988

412Fela congratulates French President Francois Mitterand on his reelection and calls on him to persuade western governments to sever relations with the then apartheid government of South Africa.

February 15, 1989

413Calls on President Ibrahim Babangida to ensure that he, Fela, is fully compensated for the burning down of his Kalakuta Republic residence.

July 10, 1990

414Fela is rumored dead again.

March 30, 1992

415Summoned over a N.04 million tenancy suit against him by Mrs. Nene Benite on the property on Pepple street, where Fela’s Afrika Shrine was located.

June 25, 1992

416Urges elder brother, Prof. Olikoye Ransome-Kuti, then Minister of Health, to quit Ibrahim Babangida’s government over the detention of his junior brother, Beko Ransome-Kuti.

January 25, 1993

417Fela arraigned along with four of his fans before a Yaba Magistrate court on a two-count charge of murder and conspiracy in connection with the death of one Mr Adesanwo Shokoyo, who was an electrician at the Afrika Shrine.

April 6, 1993

418Freed after spending 76 days in Ikoyi prison.

February 2, 1996

419Fela and 30 members of his band are arrested by armed plainclothes men from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at his Gbemisola residence, allegedly for possession of Indian hemp.

February 13, 1996

420Regains freedom after being detained by the NDLEA.

July 8, 1996

421Police seal off Fela’s Afrika Shrine on Pepple Street, Ikeja, Lagos following the arrest of four men at the Shrine allegedly for armed robbery

April 9, 1997

422Arrested for possession of Indian hemp by agents of the NDLEA, headed by General Musa Bamaiyi.

April 12, 1996

423Fela’s lawyer, Barrister Femi Falana, files a N100m suit against the NDLEA, asking the court to declare that the invasion of Fela’s house on Gbemisola street by a team of security operatives is illegal.

April 16, 1997

424Fela ordered to be remanded at Kirikiri by the Miscellaneous Offences Tribunal pending his arraignment for alleged possession of Indian hemp.

July 20-31, 1997

425Renewed rumors of Fela’s death.

August 2, 1997

426Fela is confirmed dead by elder brother, Olikoye, a professor of medicine who noted that Fela had died due to heart failure and complications arising from AIDS.

August 11, 1997

427Fela lying-in-state at Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos.

August 12, 1997

428Fela is interred at his No. 7 Gbemisola residence in the Ikeja suburb of Lagos.

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