Beko: Freedom Fighter Dies

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He fought for democracy and human rights; he championed the cause of human dignity and good governance. He was hounded, humiliated and jailed by successive regimes in Nigeria, but he remained undaunted, unbowed and uncompromised till his death. Dr. Ransome Kuti died on Friday February 10 2006 at age 66 of lung cancer

Dr. Beko Ransome-Kuti, a brother of the late Nigerian music king, Fela, stood for many causes and millions of people across the globe. He fought for democracy and human rights; he championed the cause of human dignity and good governance. He was hounded, humiliated and jailed by successive regimes in Nigeria, but he remained undaunted, unbowed and uncompromised till his death.

Dr. Ransome Kuti died on Friday February 10 2006 at age 66 of lung cancer.

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Black Star Editor’s Note: The organizers announced on March 2 that the venue for celebrating Beko’s life has changed to, Saturday March 4, 2006 at 6 PM @ location: 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY. Call: 1-347 489 3765 for directions if you get lost.

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This event will showcase his life through photos, poetry and music. There will be candlelight vigil, and also tributes from his Comrades and associates as well as Afrobeat music performance by the Asiko band.

Come one! Come all! Friends of Beko Ransome Kuti. For more information call: (347) 489-3765 and (718) 857-2522.


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