Today In Nigerian/African History: 2nd August


On this day in 1997: The African continent’s most creative Afrobeat superstar, anti-military dictatorship activist, social maverick and pan-Africanist Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti, died of AIDS.

He was a saxophone player who fused rock with African rhythms into a blend known as “Afrobeat.”  His albums included: “Zombie,” “Army Arrangement.” And “Vagabond in Power.” He recorded more than 50 albums in the 1970s and 1980s and had 27 wives to mourn his death.

Fela Kuti was born on October 15, 1938, in Abeokuta. Musician and activist Fela pioneered Afrobeat music and was repeatedly arrested and beaten for writing lyrics that questioned Nigerian government.

Also on this day in 1962; An attempt on the life of President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana failed.
Nkrumah escaped an assassination attempt when a hand grenade was thrown into a crowd greeting him at Kulungugu, Northern Region in Ghana. His rule in Ghana was becoming progressively oppressive. Four years previously he had passed the Preventive Detention Act, which he had used to imprison over 1000 of his political and social opponents.

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