A Note on The Pan-African Circle of Artists

The Pan-African Circle of Artists (PACA) was founded at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in 1991 by some young artists of Nigerian and Ghanaian origins. Part of the aim was to create a forum on which art and culture in Africa could be promoted and disseminated from inside by Africans and on Africa’s terms.

This is a place for Africans on the continent and those in the diaspora and anyone who has the continent at heart to discuss issues and bring out the best in Africa. This is where we really can work as partners for the development of the African.

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.

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