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See Rare Photos Of Legendary Fela Kuti When He Married 27 Women Sameday

Eniola Awokoya

The globally renowned legend of Afrobeats music Fela Anikulapo Kuti, took the world by storm on February 20, 1978,  when he married 27 women, on the same day.

Interestingly, all the women were his back up dancers.

According to History, Fela requested any of the ladies willing to marry him to write down their names and about 27 of them did instantly.

See Rare Photos Of Legendary Fela Kuti When He Married 27 Women Sameday
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and wives

Subsequently, on the 20th of February, Fela called about 12 Ifa priests to join him to the women in matrimony, at the Parisona Hotel in Anthony, Lagos.

A handful of the wives married against their parents consent but the wedding ceremony went on nonetheless.

See Rare Photos Of Legendary Fela Kuti When He Married 27 Women Sameday
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti performing marriage rites

The event was joined by band members, friends and family. Fela placed naira notes on their heads, offered a few words and dished around marriage certificates.

He would then engage in a rotating system of having just 12 of them live with him at a particular time.

See Rare Photos Of Legendary Fela Kuti When He Married 27 Women Sameday
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and wives

When he first married, he had sex with one, then another, then another till the 27 were complete and then he took them all to Ghana for the honeymoon shortly after.

Another reason why the marriage held was to protect Fela, and his wives, from claims from authorities that Fela was kidnapping the women.

Below is a list of all 27 women

1. Fehintola Kayode (Seun’s Mum)
2. Damiregba (Naijite, Motun’s Mum)
3. Keuwe Oghomienor (Kewe)
4. Folake Oladeinde (Alake)
5. Folake Oladejo
6. Ronke Edason
7. Laide
8. Emaruagheru Osawe
9. Ihase
10. Shade Shodeinde
11. Suru Eriomola
12. Tejumade Adebiyi
13. Omolola Osaeti
14. Tokunbo Akran
15. Ronke (another one)
16. Adejonwo
17. Lamiley
18. Funmilayo
19. Adunni
20. Remilekun
21. Kikelomo
22. Lara
23. Bose

See Rare Photos Of Legendary Fela Kuti When He Married 27 Women Sameday
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti performing the marriage rites

Photo Credit: Giles Verdili and Olufela Kuti