Nollywood actor and music producer, Dede Mabiaku has said Fela told him that he felt he was injected with something before his death.
According to Dede, he has been waiting for the info to break for 22 years now but nobody is saying anything.
He added that after their discussion, he started noticing Fela health going from bad to worse till he eventually gave up.
His words, “I don wait tire people no talk this thing and I no know why. Because me I remember clearly when Fela tell me and Seun say ‘ah dem chook me something o, be like say dem chook me something for hia!’. That matter nobody talk this matter since 22 years now.”
“So when me I con hear say den say dem chook Sowore something…I don’t know. But me I know say Fela tell me sha and he tell Seun and this one na true talk. Later, we started seeing the degenerating state of his health, we started seeing the level at which things dropped, and we all know how it ended.”
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Fela Anikulapo Kuti (15 October 1938 – 2 August 1997), also professionally known as Fela Kuti, or simply Fela, was a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre and human rights activist. At the height of his popularity, he was referred to as one of Africa’s most “challenging and charismatic music performers”.
Fela was born Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti on 15 October 1938 in Abeokuta, the modern-day capital of Ogun State in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, then a city in the British Colony of Nigeria, into an upper-middle-class family. His mother, Chief Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, was a feminist activist in the anti-colonial movement; his father, Reverend Israel Oludotun Ransome-Kuti, an Anglican minister and school principal, was the first president of the Nigeria Union of Teachers. His brothers Beko Ransome-Kuti and Olikoye Ransome-Kuti, both medical doctors, are well known in Nigeria. Fela is a first cousin to the Nigerian writer and Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, the first African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.
The musical style of Fela is called Afrobeat, a style he largely created, which is a complex fusion of jazz, funk, Ghanaian highlife, psychedelic rock and traditional West African chants and rhythms. Afrobeat also borrows heavily from the native “tinker pan”. Tony Allen (Fela’s drummer of twenty years) was instrumental in the creation of Afrobeat. Fela once stated that “there would be no Afrobeat, without Tony Allen”.
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