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Nigerian musician and composer Fela Kuti and his band perform at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, New York, July 28, 1989. (Photo by Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images)
Nigerian musician and composer Fela Kuti and his band perform at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, New York, July 28, 1989. (Photo by Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images)
  • LinkTV has made the documentary Finding Fela! free to stream.
  • Directed by Oscar-winning Alex Gibney Finding Fela! is a 2014 documentary detailing Fela’s artistic and political impact.
  • The documentary is free to stream until 15 January 2021. 


When Fela Kuti established the Afrobeat musical movement during the 1970s it soon became a means to protest against Nigeria’s dictatorial government. More than four decades later, the music continues to hold resonance in Nigeria.  

Consider the 2020 Lekki Massacre.  On 8 August 2020 protests began over human rights abuses by Nigeria's Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). On 11 October 2020, the office of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari released a statement responding to the country’s nationwide protest against Sars. The statement declared that Sars had been dissolved with immediate effect before saying that all officers who were employed and worked for the defunct unit, including those carrying out the heinous acts, would be redeployed into other police units “with immediate effect”.

Protest action continued.  

On 20 October Nigeria's authorities declared a 24-hour curfew on Lagos in an attempt to discourage and diffuse the 12 day protest action . On announcing the shutdown, Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said only "essential service providers and first responders" would be allowed on the street from 4pm of the same day.  

LAGOS, NIGERIA - OCTOBER 20: Demonstrators protest
Demonstrators protest police brutality at the Lekki toll gate on October 20, 2020 in Lagos, Nigeria. The Nigerian government had imposed a 24-hour curfew to tamp down on sustained protests against the now-defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a police division accused of abuse, extortion and extra-judicial killings. Witnesses said security forces later opened fire to disperse the crowd, killing several people. (Photo by Adetona Omokanye/Getty Images)

Following this announcement several people participating in the protest were killed at the Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos when the country's military force opened fire at one of the #EndSars protesting sites. 

With this in mind LinkTV has made the documentary Finding Fela! Free to stream until 15 January 2021. Directed by Oscar-winning Alex Gibney is a 2014 documentary detailing Fela’s artistic and political impact.

In describing the film, Gibney said the following: "looking at [Fela] in the past and the attempt to recreate his magic in the present as a way of finding the essence of what made him tick, and why we care about him so much still many years afterwards."

The film can be watched below. 


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