Fela Anikulapo-Kuti (source: Getty images)
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti (source: Getty images)

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has described late afrobeats star, Fela Anikulapo Kuti as one who deserved national honour.

Osinbajo made this known during a town hall meeting in Edo state on Friday.

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Concise News understands that the vice president had said this while responding to a suggestion that the National theatre, Iganmu, Lagos, be named after the legendary singer.

But Osinbajo said that the decision to do that did not lie with him.

Fela was very vocal in his criticism of the Nigerian government. With over 200 arrests, government raids became common in Kalakuta.

In 1993, he was arrested for murder under Sani Abacha’s regime. During this time, he was plagued by a sickness he refused to treat. On the 2nd of August, 1997, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti died of AIDS.

Fela was born on October 15 1938 and died on August 2, 1997.  It is widely claimed that he may have possibly died from Kaposi’s sarcoma, which is associated with HIV/AIDS infection. However, there are no known photos of Kuti with telltale lesions.

Fela is a first cousin to the Nigerian writer and Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, the first African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

His mother, Chief Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, was a feminist activist in the anti-colonial movement and was the first woman to drive car in the country.

At the height of his popularity, he was referred to as one of Africa’s most “challenging and charismatic music performers.