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How Afrobeat King Fela Anikulapo-Kuti Came About His Obsession for ‘Kalakuta Republic’


New facts are beginning to emerged from the estate of the late Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti as to how he stumbled and fell in love with the name, ‘Kalakuta Republic.’

This much was revealed by one of the memoirs he left behind.

According to him: “It was when I was in a police cell at the C.I.D. (Central Intelligence Division) headquarters in Lagos;

The cell I was in was given the name “The Kalakuta Republic” by the prisoners. I found out when I went to East Africa that “Kalakuta” is a Swahili word that means “rascal.

” So if rascality is going to get us what we want, we will use it; because we are dealing with corrupt people, we have to be rascally with them.”

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Fela died of an Aids-related illness in 1997, and it seems that every year since then his profile outside Africa has been steadily increasing.


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Adebayo Folorunsho-Francis is a communicator, Journalist, blogger, business coach and, of course, a prolific writer. He has Dip (Journalism) and B.A. (History & International Relations) from the Lagos State University (LASU). The self-effacing young man has worked for national, regional and local newspapers. He had worked with THISDAY covered community news for ISLAND NEWS and corresponded with P.M. NEWS (evening tabloid). Presently, he is the editor of CITYPULSE MEDIA and senior correspondent of PHARMANEWS, West Africa foremost health and pharmaceutical journal.