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70 A Multimedia Performance(A Fela Anikulapo Kuti Show)@ The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. #JujuFilms

70 A Multi-Media Performance @ The Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African Art. A performance by Ayo Ngozi with Ayodamola Okunseinde, Hesihima James, Hambone Swamp Guinee, Torkwase Dyson, Ernesto Mercer, Tazima Davis, Holly Bass, Tierra Buggs, Samaa Claiborne, Melani N Douglass, Candace Mickens, Nakima Smith. #JujuFilms

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Union Street Band

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Water Part 2
The 3rd annual Black President’s Day event  (Fela Anikulapo Kuti)
A Lil SoSo Production.
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70 A MultiMedia Performance

70 A MultiMedia Performance Fela Anikulapo Kuti
The Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African Art.
A performance by Ayo Ngozi with Ayodamola Okunseinde, Hesihima James, Hambone Swamp Guinee, Torkwase Dyson, Ernesto Mercer, Tazima Davis, Holly Bass, Tierra Buggs, Samaa Claiborne, Melani N Douglass, Candace Mickens, Nakima Smith.

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Union Street Band

Union Street Band
Keep it together
Black President’s Day 2008.
A celebration of the life of the legendary Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
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Union Street Band

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Water
Fela Anikulapo Kuti 3rd annual Black President’s Day
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Just Another Nigger

In America we have a population that tolerates politicians and lawmakers alike spewing hateful and racially charged rhetoric at President Barack Obama regardless of how hurtful this might be to his daughters Sasha and Malia, and his wife Michelle. These same politicians swear they don’t have a war against women, but we know better.

These “disguise leaders” as Fela called them played political correctness last Halloween, so they did not wear the Obama Blackface masks to hide their faces of hate. Guess what they did, they pulled the shades in polling booths and expressed their hate for the black man in the White House.

You see in America, African Americans are never judged by their performance on the job but by the color of their skin. So America has the lowest unemployment rate in 6yrs, the economy recovered from the Bush years, he got Bin Laden, he mandated affordable healthcare for all Americans, the list goes on. Still he is judged by the color of his skin.

President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama

President Obama accomplished these despite a Republican congress and rich white cats disguised as corporations hiding their riches overseas. Some call them the illuminate I call them the Klan.

They are the ones that swore on the first day he took office to do everything in their power to make his presidency a failure. You see they are scared of another young black man in the White House so they take out the next Obama in Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown.

Ogbeni Ayotunde

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Authority Stealing

APC Spokesperson Lai Mohammed narrated how he was arrested and bullied by Nigerian federal security forces on Friday 08-08-2014, the night before the gubernatorial elections in Osun State Nigeria. He was shocked and there was some orchestrated public outcry at the way a group of “drunken & masked” security forces took him.

You see frankly this is what the average Nigerian goes through without any public or media outcry. Anyone who has being arrested, jailed or imprisoned in Nigeria knows it is never pretty. I have being arrested and jailed in Nigeria on multiple occasions. The most recent incident happened when 6 operatives of the NDLEA suddenly appeared in my house and took me from my upstairs bedroom without a search or arrest warrant.

I was jailed in a cell with about 30 other prisoners some in hand and leg chains sleeping on the concrete floor like sardines in a can. I was jailed six days under the most deplorable and dehumanizing conditions you cannot begin to imagine. My arrest was based on a kite flown by someone who had something against me. You see this is how it works in Nigeria, someone who believes you have money would finger you to the authorities with some trumped up charge like you are a drug lord. The authorities then kidnap and extort you.

In 1997 Maj. General Musa Bamayi Chairman of the NDLEA ordered a raid on the Africa Shrine and Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s home, I was arrested in that raid and jailed along with dozens of people including my sister in-law Clara “C J” Kuboye. I was charged with smuggling drugs from America for Fela. The fact is I was at Fela’s home with C J working on a film documentary on the legend called Fela.

The beatings and shooting live rounds to arrest an unarmed citizenry, the ride of uncertainty in the dark in the back of a Black Maria heading to an unknown destination. Fear was never in my thought process. It was dark inside the Black Maria so I closed my eyes and channeled my sense of hearing listening to the cries, wailings and speculations of my fellow captives. I listened to every voice as some prayed and others speculated on our faith as we were whisked through the Lagos night traffic, sirens blaring.

There was the constant speculation that we were been led to slaughter, taking us someplace to summarily execute us as armed robbers. This is what the Nigerian military is famously known to do. The beatings on young men and women who where at the Africa Shrine or at Fela’s home I figured was part of a system of abuse perpetrated on the young who seek truth, knowledge and freedom. The brutality is based on religious, ethnic, and cultural bias mixed with a sense of misapplied authority.

I was taken to meet with Maj. General Musa Bamayi in his office a couple of days later. I explained to him while he patiently listened that I was in Fela’s home to work on a film documentary about him and was not there to supply him with drugs. The only items I had brought Fela was a T Shirt and a bottle of Hennessy which I believe he gave to his daughter Yeni since he did not drink.

I tried to read Maj. General Musa Bamayi’s face as I spoke but he held the same facial expression, I had no idea what he was thinking. When I was done he told me he did not believe my claim, he genuinely could not believe that Fela had such international appeal and I had flown in from America just to do a documentary about him.

Two times Nigerian president General Olusegun Obasanjo was implicated in a coup plot against the government of General Sani Abacha. He was subsequently arrested, tried and imprisoned. He entered prison with a fat stomach and came out with a flat one. After experiencing the deplorable conditions in the Nigerian prison system he flew a kite about it from prison.

You see Lai Mohammed and General Olusegun Obasanjo have both had a taste of the system they help create, but neither of them is advocating a reform of that system. – Ogbeni Ayotunde

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70 A Multimedia Performance

70 A Multi-Media Performance (Fela Anikulapo Kuti) @ The Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African Art. A performance by Ayo Ngozi with Ayodamola Okunseinde, Hesihima James, Hambone Swamp Guinee, Torkwase Dyson, Ernesto Mercer, Tazima Davis, Holly Bass, Tierra Buggs, Samaa Claiborne, Melani N Douglass, Candace Mickens, Nakima Smith.

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70 A Multimedia Performance Backstage @ Smithsonian

70 A Multi-Media Performance get ready for their 11-8-08 show @ The Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African Art. A performance by Ayo Ngozi with Ayodamola Okunseinde, Hesihima James, Hambone Swamp Guinee, Torkwase Dyson, Ernesto Mercer, Tazima Davis, Holly Bass, Tierra Buggs, Samaa Claiborne, Melani N Douglass, Candace Mickens, Nakima Smith.

Produced by Ogbeni Ayotunde

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New Afrika Shrine, Ikeja Lagos Nigeria

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New Afrika Shrine, Ikeja Lagos Nigeria

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