Today In Nigerian History: 8th March

Nigerian musician and composer Fela Anikulapo Kuti performs on September 13, 1986 at the "Party of Humankind" of the French Communist Party at La Courneuve in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)

On this day in 1993, Nigerian singer Fela Kuti was arrested again on suspicion of murder…

Fela and four members of the Afrika ’70 organization were arrested for murder. The battle against military corruption in Nigeria was taking its toll, especially during the rise of dictator Sani Abacha.

Fela Anikulapo Kuti died on Saturday, August 2, 1997, at 4pm (local time) in Lagos, Nigeria. It had been rumoured for some time that Fela had a serious illness he was refusing treatment for, many said he was suffering from prostate cancer. But as it turns out, Fela died from complications due to AIDS as Fela’s brother, Olikoye Ransome Kuti, had said at a news conference.

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