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Group marks Beko’s 13th memorial anniversary

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Wole Soyinka, Nobel prize winner (M) flanked by Beko Ransome-Kuti (R), brother of the legendary Afrobeat Musician Fela Kuti, and Lagos lawyer Gani Fewehinmi explain 17 May 2004 how they were tear-gassed by the police during a brutal crackdown on a pro-democracy rally in Lagos. Leading pro-democracy activist in Nigeria, including Nobel prize-winning author Soyinka, called Monday for the resignation of President Olusegun Obasanjo, tewo days after they were teargassd and arrested during a street rally. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

A walk to mark the 13th annual Beko Ransome Kuti memorial anniversary was held in Lagos with participants walking from Obalende Roundabout to Ikoyi Cemetery where a wreath was laid on Beko’s tomb after liberation was poured on his grave.

The walk, themed ‘Using free and fair elections as a referendum towards evolving a true nation state,’ was organised by Beko Rights Klub, Child Help in Legal Defence of Rights to Education in Nigeria project, Centre for Anti-corruption and Open Leadership and the People’s Action for Democracy.

At Beko’s grave, the convener of Beko Rights Klub (BRK), Comrade Debo Adeniran, who led other activists on the walk, paid glowing tributes to the departed, highlighting some of the good works he did while alive.

Before laying a wreath, Adeniran poured pints of wine and beer on Beko’s grave and lit a stick of cigarette, which was also laid on his tomb. He prayed that the legacies Beko left behind would continue to thrive, especially his humility, which is rapped in his belief that everybody was somebody and everyone was nobody.

On the choice of the theme, Adeniran disclosed that since Nigeria would be going into elections in some days time, it was important to draw the attention of Nigerians to what Beko believes, which is true democracy which is all about free and fair elections.


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