While the Soyinka's might have thought of Babangida as the listening president, Fela Anikulakpo Kuti was never to be deceived by ANY government that did not represent the interests of progress in Nigeria. We must give props where props are due. At a time now when all our ultra-intellectuals are just now realizing how to sift the wheat from the chaff, it is ironic that Fela needs not say anything more. Why should he?

Overnight, Fela became known as much for his politics as for his music; after military rule ended in 1979, he established his own political party, MOP (Movement of the People). In the early '80s, he responded to the rise of conservatives such as Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher with the blunt, threatening Beasts of No Nation. He was arrested in 1984 at the Lagos airport as he was preparing to leave for a U.S. tour. The charge: illegally exporting foreign currency. He served 18 months of a five-year sentence.

The king of Afro-beat, the guru of strategic irreverence and pan Africanism, the master exponent of "Shakara" and the enchanting saxophonic rhythms and synthesizers which waft through his classic song "Lady" has joined his ancestors but his views on everyday, existential matters are relevent today across Africa. Fela, the king of socio-musical commentary is no more; one of the best jazzologists and creators of the most compelling and inimitable ethno-orchestra sessions of the 20th century is dead but his call that Africans get beyond "colonial mentality"and anit-corruption songs "Yellow Fever" are entirely valid.

In this inspiring piece, Joe Keshi describes some of the initiatives that Nigerians in Diaspora are undertaking in Nigeria. I have repeatedly used the remittances to buttress the imperatives of a meaningful partnership for development between the Nigerian state and her Diaspora. This notwithstanding, I was and remain aware of the limitations of the remittances as a strong argument because the bulk of the remittances go to family members and assessing its impact on the economy, have been difficult.

A five-part series on Afro-Latin Americans by Miami Herald. The black experience is unveiled through a journey: to Nicaragua, where a quite but powerful civil and cultural rights movements flickers while in neighboring Honduras, the black Garífuna community fights for cultural survival; to the Dominican Republic where African lineage is not always embraced; to Brazil, home to the world’s second largest population of African descent.

Ndigbo are known to be very cultural and traditional people. Aspects of Igbo culture are usually on display for all to see during certain ceremonies in Igbo land such as Igba Nkwu (traditional marriage ceremony), Ichi echi chi (title taking) and others. At these ceremonies, Ndigbo try as much as possible to showcase their music, dance and food. There is also a bit of fashion on display at such events but any casual observer will easily notice the lack of cohesion in the choice of dresses in terms of projecting what truly may be regarded as the Igbo dress. Perhaps this may be because this generation of Ndigbo do not have any such understanding, or they may not have been told any better by their parents and members of the old generation, thus it is common to see young men and women parading themselves in multi-cultural attires.  While the men regale in their red capped outfits, the women adorn themselves elegantly in beautifully patterned attires which could be made of lace, jacquard, brocade and akwete clothes.
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