No agreement today, no agreement tomorrow: Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and human rights activism in Nigeria

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Date: Sept. 15, 2013
From: Journal of Pan African Studies(Vol. 6, Issue 4)
Publisher: Journal of Pan African Studies
Document Type: Essay
Length: 5,014 words
Lexile Measure: 1390L

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Post-colonial states in Africa have faced myriad of problems from cultural identity confusion to socio-political and economic inequality. Besides, the mass media and few civil societies organizations including few concerned individuals decried the anomaly. Fela Anikulapo Kuti, a popular Nigerian musician and political activist was among the few Nigerians who reprobated the tyranny of the ruling class and socio-economic inequality in the country in particular and Africa in general. His socio-political activism rooted in his upbringing, personal experience and societal influence were reverberated in his numerous musical lyrics. His ability to use his songs to capture the realities of African societies and confront the dictatorial governments distinguished him from all his contemporaries. This article explores the role of Fela Anikulapo Kuti in human rights activism in Nigeria. It adopts "critical socio-biography" theory as the conceptual framework for the analysis using a few of his songs for the content analysis of this argument. Key words: Colonial rule, corruption, Fela, human rights, military rule and Nigeria

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