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Fela Anikulapo Kuti

I was in the middle of making a documentary film about Fela, when his house was raided by the NDLEA under the authority of Major General Musa Bamaiyi. I was arrested along with Fela, my sister in-law Clara Jarrett nee Kuboye, a bunch of people from Fela’s house and the African Shrine.

My sister in-law and I and a bunch of people including the guy on the Big Conga Drums were stuffed into a Black Maria like sardines with no idea where they were taking us. It was around 7pm and getting dark, some of the women in the Black Maria were wailing and speculating about where they were taking us and what they were going to do to us.

The woman that was crying the loudest was convinced they were taking us to Bar Beach to execute us as armed robbers…

Fela died shortly after he was released from prison. I never got to make my Fela movie, I was devastated, I moved away, I wouldn’t listen to any Fela music for a few years. After almost 20 years it finally dawned on me what Fela was telling me about making a movie on his life. I am currently working on something totally fresh and original.

Here is a short documentary I shot about Fela featuring Sandra Izsadore, Seun Anikulapo Kuti, Lekan Animashaun, music by The Grand Priest

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‘Posed to be…
Land of the free
I don’t see how
Count me in
America (America)
Sweet land of liberty y’all

I’m doing this one for the struggle
And every bad doin’ brotha
Sista, daddy and mother
Who livin’ in the gutter
You want
Better cars
And a better heart
Another start
Yo’ own yard
And a place to park
You wanna
Trust ’em – why?
And a better li’ (life)
A bigger crib
And a home cooked meal
Every single night
Hell, I feel what you
Goin’ through
But I coulda warned you
When it’s time to be a man
Do all you can
See other lands
And don’t be livin’ for the other man
Take time out and settle in
Be the better man
And closely watch your friends
And then
You’ll understand
A lil’ better then
But on the other hand
You so god damn stubboran
And you be
Startin’ shit
And ever since you made president
We ain’t even seen you since
You need to (You need to)
Fill our schools
Rebuild our church and homes
Stop killin’ my own kind
And leave my Earth alone
And stop tappin’ my phone
And searchin’ my brone
And keep your personal feelings home
When you bandin’ my chrome
Do it for the
Weak and the strong
And to each his own
We do it for the main goal
So when all the heat is gone

This game wasn’t told to me (Told to me)
It was sold to me (Sold to me)
And we are never free (No!)
No way
Not in America (Not America)
Not America (Not in America uh-uh)
Our country ’tis of thee (’tis of thee)
Land of Liberty (Liberty)
But that’ll never be (Never Be – NO!)
No way
Not in America (uh-uh Not in this America)
Not in America (No)

You only got 2 bucks and give less than a fuck —
then you a nigga
Got a nice home and a Lexus truck —
you a nigga
World champYou only got 2 bucks and give less than a fuck — then you a nigga
Got a nice home and a Lexus truck — you a nigga
World champions and you M.V.P — you a nigga
4 degrees and a Ph.D — still a nigga
To use your platinum card you need four IDs — then you’s a nigga
If your skin is brown just like me — then you a nigga
Got a promotion and a FAT ass raise — you still a nigga
You from the islands and your peoples wasn’t slaves — you a nigga
No matter how much your ass get paid — you still a nigga
Shot by the cops at a traffic stop — cause you a nigga
That’s why I hold toast too
I sell bi-coastal
They inter-catching you with satellites in deep space
Now…Who invented niggas in the first place?
And said America is the original birthplace?
Who gettin’ 10 – 20 – Life on they first case?
My niggas 

I’m doin’ this one for the
Kids in the streets
Who ain’t missed a beat
Do it for the
Deaf and the blind
And those who don’t eat meat
Do it for all the
Children of the corn
And the unborn
Do it for the speedy trials
And all the lies you done sworn
How you gon’ keep the man
Old Mr. Crooked ass preachin’ man
When your whole congregation drivin’ a brand new Benz
And writing brand new sins
Lyin’ on a million men
And all my brothers, sisters, them daddys, and them doin’ time in the pen ~Trick Daddy & Society – “AmeriKKKa” 




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Nigerian Cattle in Ushafa Village, FCT, Nigeria. #JujuFilms

Nigerian cattle grazing in my backyard. #JujuFims

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