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How and Why ‘Unknown Soldiers’ Invaded Fela’s Home (Kalakuta Republic) in 1977

Kalakuta Republic on fire
Kalakuta Republic on fire

Kalakuta Republic was the home of the late musician and political activist, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, his family and band members. The commune which was located at no. 14, Idi-Oro, Mushin, Lagos, enclosed Fela’s recording studio, entertainment outfit and a private clinic operated by his brother, Beko Ransome-Kuti. The name ‘Kalakuta’ was a parody of Calcutta prison in India where Fela served a sentence in 1974 for possessing marijuana which many believed was politically motivated. Continue reading How and Why ‘Unknown Soldiers’ Invaded Fela’s Home (Kalakuta Republic) in 1977

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People watching as Fela Kuti feed his donkey, ‘Yakubu’, which he named after Yakubu Gowon in the 1970s

Fela Kuti Feeding his horse named Yakubu

Here is a photo showing people earnestly watching the legendary Afrobeat pioneer, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, at his Kalakuta Republic home in Lagos feeding his donkey, ‘Yakubu’, which he named after the then Head of State of Nigeria, General Yakubu Gowon. This photo was taken in the 70s by Femi Bankole Osunla of ‘Africa 70 Photo Agency‘.