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Nigeria’s Afrobeat legend, Fela Kuti honored with a blue plaque in London

Nigeria’s legendary Musician, Fela Kuti has been honoured with a blue plaque in Shepherd’s Bush – London. This honor comes at the backdrop of his recognition by Jay Z who featured his sound track in his popular Netflix movie, “The harder they fall.”

The plaque was installed on a house the legend once lived in, with address, 12 Stanlake Road residence at Shepherd’s Bush. The inscription on the plaque reads: “Fela Anikulapo Kuti (1938-1997), Singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and Nigerian activist. Lived in this house as a student in 1958.”

With this award, Fela has joined the limited number of black people recognized by this scheme since its establishment in 1866. According to a Guardian analysis published October this year, only 2.1% of blue plaques in the United Kingdom commemorate black people.

Among the black people so far recognized are, late Reggae legend, Bob Marley, jimi Hendrix, Elizabeth Welch, Laurie Cunningham, Sir Learie Constantine, Mary Seacole, John Archer among others.

According to information on the official website of English Heritage, the organization which runs the award, the aim is to link the people of the past to the buildings of the presence, so they identify and honour notable people who have lived, stayed or worked in London.

In 1958, the Nigerian legend qualified for to study Medicine in the UK; however, he decided to follow his passion hence, changing his course to study music instead at the Trinity College of Music.

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