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Odumakin Pay Tribute To Beko Ransome-Kuti

Sixteen years after human rights activist, Dr. Beko Ransome-Kuti died, the President of the rights group, Women Arise, Joe Okei-Odumakin, paid tribute to late Beko as she recalled the exploits of Beko in Civil Society. His bravery in the face of tyranny. How he made the sacrifice so simple even at great risk to his health and life. They certainly don’t make them like that anymore.

In a press release on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, she said that Beko would have been 82…as Fela elected to transit on Beko’s birthday.

Beko Ransome-Kuti, the doctor and human rights campaigner was born August 2, 1940, and died February 10, 2006

An excerpt is the full text of her tribute:

The Great Kuti Clan…

Recalling heroes.

Beko would have been 82…as Fela elected to transit on Beko’s birthday.
He died on August 2, 1997.
In this extraordinary family, this joins the death anniversary of one to the posthumous birthday of the other. As if to declare the continuation of that bond beyond the borders of life.

We recall the exploits of Beko in the Civil Society. His bravery in the face of tyranny. How he made the sacrifice so simple even at great risk to his health and life. They certainly don’t make them like that anymore.

And Fela, who passed on on the day was a global phenomenon. Nothing came close by miles as an authentic African export. Fela was a philosopher and prophet among many other attributes. The prints of these giants from a single womb will be eternal.

My meeting with these titans happened on the same day. The day I was baptized at the shrine with fire, in bales of smoke. An unforgettable day.

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