Journal of
African Studies and Development

  • Abbreviation: J. Afr. Stud. Dev
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2189
  • DOI: 10.5897/JASD
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 190

Article in Press

THE SOCIO-POLITICAL INFLUENCE OF FELA ANIKULAPO KUTI ON THE NIGERIAN SOCIETY

Ogoma Daniel Ebun

  •  Received: 10 February 2016
  •  Accepted: 04 May 2016
People have influenced their societies and nations in different ways through different means.In some cases, because of the radical nature of these apostles of change and better society, they are often neglected, persecuted or called names. Among classical figures of these people in the world histories are: Socrates, Jesus, Martin Luther, GaniFawehinmi, and FelaAnikulapoKuti. This paper exploits the socio-political impacts of Fela (as he is famously called.) The thrust of the paper is that, if Nigerians in particular, and Africans in general, had joined forces and voices with Fela, through his Afrobeat, especially, in the late 1970s and early 1980, the problems of mismanagement, corruption, religious extremism and commercialization, political order, cultural crises and over-reliance on foreign powers, etc., would not have been so profound the way they are now. Descriptive and philosophical methods of analyses are adopted in the paper.