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FelaBio

  1. Fela was born in October 15, 1938. 
  2. He was the third of his parents' four children, though he would always say he's the fourth of five children. Reason is that his parent had a son before him in 1935 that died two weeks after birth. He said he was the reincarnate of the former
  3. His other siblings were (a)Late Mrs Dolu Ogundipe, a nurse and wife of late Brig Ogundipe. (b)Late Prof. Olikoye Ransome-Kuti, renowned Paediatrician and former Federal Health Minister and Late Dr. Beko Ransome-Kuti political activist and founder of Campaign for Democracy(CD), 
  4. Revd Oludotun Ransome-Kuti was the founder of Abeokuta Grammar School, Abeokuta and first President of Nigerian Union of Teachers
  5. His mother Mrs. Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, a political activist was the founder of Nigerian Women's Union, which later became Federation of Nigerian Women's Union
  6. She was the first Nigerian woman to drive a car
  7. Fela attended the Abeokuta Grammar School and left in1957
  8. At 18 he came to Lagos with his First School Certificate and got a job as a clerk in the Federal Ministry of Commerce and Industries. He lasted only six months on the job. For according to him "the job was too rigid"
  9. In August 1959 he left for England to study music. 
  10. Between 1958 and 1962 he studied music at the Trinity College of Music, England, specialising in Trumpet and Piano. 
  11. Fela met his first wife Remilekun Taylor in England in1959 when he was 21years old and she 18. 
  12. Remi Taylor's father was a Nigerian and the mother,a blend of black American, Red Indian and British. 
  13. Fela met Remi Taylor at a party in London where she too was studying to become a secretary. 
  14. They got married in London in 1961, when Fela was 23 and Remi 20. 
  15. They had their first child a daughter, Yeni, same year 1961. Then came the second child, a son, Femi, in 1962, and their third, a daughter, late Sola, November 24, 1963. 
  16. Sola was born in Lagos while Yeni and Femi were born in England. 
  17. While in England the couple lived separately because as the late wife said "Fela could not practise with his band in my apartment"
  18. They came back to Nigeria in 1963 and lived together awhile until Remi's health couldn't cope with FELA's hectic life and once again they decided to live separately. She with her three children and Fela with his teeming followers
  19. Backed in Nigeria, Fela started work with the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), now Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), as s producer. 
  20. He resigned to pursue his professional music career with his band, Koola Lobitos, a carry-over of his band way back as a student in England. 

To be Continued
Compiled by the Felabration Organising Committee
August 2013



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