Kenyan Professor, Patrick Lumumba Urges Africans To Immortalise Late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti

Prof. Patrick Lumumba, a Kenyan Professor of Law, has urged Africans to immortalise Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and his ideal of a corrupt-free society.

Lumumba said this during the 2017 Felabration, with the theme: “40 Years after FESTAC, 20 Years after Fela, Wither the Pan-African Dream?”

Felabration is an annual music festival conceived in 1998 by Yeni Anikulapo-Kuti in memory and celebration of her father Fela, a Nigerian musician and human rights activist known for pioneering the afrobeat genre of music.

Lumumba said Fela had remained ever green because of his ideas which emanated from his observation of the society years back.

He said: “To achieve a corrupt free society, we must immortalise Fela’s ideas as most of his songs had attested to the fact that he had seen corruption deeply entrenched in everything in Nigerians.

“We need to immortalise Fela’s ideas and make corrections, take positive steps to adjust

“I quite appreciate Fela’s non materialistic nature, he never indulged in acquiring material wealth, he had only one house.

“If Nigeria can get it right politically, African problems will be solved and we will be making progress.

“As patriotic Africans, we must ask ourselves questions of our origin and dig into it.

“Africans must be alive to their challenges and take conscious effort in solving those problems.”

According to Lumumba, Africa’s biggest problem which is corruption must be tackled through deliberate effort of every individual and most especially the politicians.

He said that corruption was evident mostly in public sectors hence ideological schools should be established for political parties to correct every negative intention before any politician assumed office.

He urged Africans to take pride in who they are, shun inferiority complex and seek to know more of their history which would help them to solve present problems.

Lumumba also lauded the Nigerian fashion industry for promoting the local designs and made in Nigerian wears.

He said: “Nigerians are the best dressed men and women in the world but most of the textile industries are moribund.”

He also appealed for the revamping of the textile industries.

Also, Femi Falana, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, one of the panelists, urged parents to groom their wards in indigenous languages and culture so that they would not lose touch from their root.

Falana said: “I was Fela’s lawyer in his lifetime and I love his commitment to African culture and correcting societal ills.

“We need to take our culture seriously.

“In my house, me and my wife speak our indigenous language to our children so they speak English in school.

“I want us to emulate Fela; he changed his western name Ransom to Anikulapo because he believed so much in our culture.

“So let’s have people here who will denounce their western names and embrace the indigenous ones.”

Abraham Ogbodo, a Senior Editor with the Guardian Newspaper, one of the panelists, called for the integration of the word “Felabration” in English dictionary.

Ogbodo said Felabration had been in existence for 20 years and should be recognised beyond the shores of the nation.

Eritrean Migrant Caught Hiding Inside a SUITCASE While Trying to Get to Britain [PHOTO]

An Eritrean migrant was caught hiding inside a suitcase after terrified train passengers heard moans coming from the bag as it entered Switzerland.

The six-foot man had squeezed himself into the case and was wheeled onto a train in Milan, disguised as his friend’s luggage.But the discomfort took its toll after 45 minutes, causing him to wail as the train crossed the Swiss-Italian border.

Shocked passengers alerted authorities after hearing strange noises coming from the unattended bag.

Guards removed the case from the train at Chiasso and were stunned when a human hand emerged.

They filmed the astonishing moment the migrant reached his arm out of the case and then wriggled his head free.

He struggled to undo the zip on the station platform so guards had to free him, before grabbing him as he stood up. His friend was found hiding in the train toilet.

The authorities were already aware of the migrants and planned to stop the train even before passengers heard the moaning.

A Swiss police source:

‘We received a call from Italian colleagues that two Eritreans were attempting to get into the country and travel northwards across Europe to Britain.

‘The information was that one man was hidden in a suitcase and another man was travelling with him. The suitcase was pointed out to us and the man found inside. He was in his 20s and we found his friend hiding in a toilet on the train.’

The men, travelling without documents, were sent back to Italy.

This is not the first time inventive migrants have been caught packed into small spaces. In March Spanish border police found three migrants hidden away in compartments inside and underneath a car.

The three men, aged between 20 and 22 and from Guinea in West Africa, were found trying to cross the border into the Spanish territory of Melilla, a city in northern Africa.

Spanish border police discovered one of the youths in a special compartment built underneath the boot, while the other two were wedged underneath the dashboard.