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Celebrating Fela 20 years after: Olufela Anikulapo-Kuti (1938-1997)

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The death of a legend like the king of classical African music and one of the 100 people that changed the world this century, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti on Saturday, August 2, 1997, must be chronicled – and put in the proper place in history.

And as Nigeria’s leading entertainment and celebrity journal, NATIONAL ENCOMIUM provides you this double edition, at no extra cost to you readers, as our token in this time of national sorrow.

The departure of this icon, his last days and legacy, among many other interesting bits and pieces, are the subjects of a special 8-page package (Pages A1, A2, A3, A4…A8)

Please, get on our bus to experience the life and times of OLUFELA ANIKULAPO-KUTI, King of Classical African Music.

 

His children and two grand-children

Officially, Fela was survived by seven children and two grand children. Three of the children are by his marriage to Remi Taylor who bore him Omoyeni (1961), Femi (1962) and Subusola (1963). Kunle came from a liaison with a West African woman, and Seun from one of the then 27 wives, Fehintola. Motunrayo, another product of one of those 27 (by Najite). Shalewa is by Olufunmilayo.

All together, they are three boys and four girls.

The grand children are by Omoyeni and Femi Segun (a multi-linguist who married Fela’s daughter in 1988), and Femi and Funke Anikulapo-Kuti.

Rolari, a daughter born in 1988 – became Fela’s first grandchild. Rolari is now a smart girl, and she stays with her mother, Yeni in Ojodu (Omole Estate in the outskirts of Lagos). Her parents are divorced, following irreconcilable differences barely a few years after the marriage. Yeni is now single, while Femi Segun has settled down with another woman. Both live in G.R.A Ikeja (Lagos).

Morinmade, Femi Kuti’s son is the only grandson of the super star composer. Funke and Femi’s baby boy came in 1996.

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