Today in history, February 20, 1978 Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti aka Baba70 married 27 women all whom were his dancers back in the days.
History has it that Fela was able to pull off the feat by putting out a notebook and asking any of the girls who were willing to marry him to write down their names and instantly 27 of them did without hesitation.
And on February 20th, Fela called Ifa priests (reportedly 12) to join the wives in holy matrimony at then Parisona Hotel located at Anthony village, Lagos.
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.
Below is a list of all 27 women whom are origins of different tribes in Nigeria, no doubt he was loved by all:
1. Fehintola Kayode (Seun’s Mum)
2. Damiregba (Najite, Motun’s Mum)
3. Kevwe Oghomienor (Kewe)
4. Folake Oladeinde (Alake)
5. Folake Oladejo
6. Ronke Edason
8. Emaruagheru Osawe
10. Shade Shodeinde
11. Suru Eriomola
12. Tejumade Adebiyi
13. Omolola Osaeti
14. Tokunbo Akran
15. Ronke (another one)