It’s hard to say the name Fela Anikulapo-Kuti without being respectful. He was an artist so great, his music will be continuously sampled and relevant in addressing social issues.

Celebrating 19 years since this legend departed from this world, here are some of the times Fela was captured in moments of greatness:

1. His signature smirk.

2. That time he was captured playing table tennis in his underwear.

3. When he flashed a big smile for the camera.

4. That time he was hailing his fans during a visit to Ghana.

5. This picture of him chilling with his dancers.

6. Just look at him receiving a phone call with little Seun Kuti in the room.

7. This really iconic pose he gave after delivering an amazing performance.

8. When he didn’t give a damn while on stage.

9. When he met the great Paul McCartney.

10. The time he was in a deep conversation with his brother, Late Dr Beko Ransom-Kuti and his lawyer, Femi Falana.

11. When he was forming bad guy for the paparazzi.

12. This framed picture of Fela and his his mother, Mrs Olufunmilayo Ransom-Kuti.

13. When he was fierce while on the microphone.

14. That time he served serious fashion slayage on stage.


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