A new book about Fela Anikulapo Kuti has been released online by Kindle Publishing, an e-book publishing arm of Amazon. Released on Monday, the book is entitled “Bruised, Battered, Beloved” and is written by Tade Makinde.
Unlike the several other paper backs already published about Fela, this latest addition to the ever-growing library is strictly about his life off camera, and especially reveals how the controversial musician lived his private life; known to a selected few.
Edited by Mr Femi Osinusi and Dr Abiodun Awolaja, BBB; in the second part of the three-part book, reveals how Fela was brutally assaulted by soldiers and policemen, who raided his Kalakuta Republic on February 18, 1977, and many of his girls for almost 7 hours.
“Don’t believe what the Military said; Fela’s girls were raped and everyone in the house that day was bloodied,” said one of the 26 people interviewed in the book.
The author, who said he never set out to write about Fela, but for fate, thanks Mr Femi Esho for suggesting that he should write about Fela and promised to assist him in making the book happen.
“I am glad I took his advice. Finishing it, and finally getting it out online, is a dream come true,” he said.
Among those who contributed to the book were: Bata Ani, Femi Falana, Duro Ikujenyo; Lemi Ghariokwu, among others. It is available on Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07HRQV93V
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