One memorable event, Ghanaian Government will not forget in a hurry is the refusal of the African music legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti turning down a soul-to-soul performance to celebrate Ghana’s 14th Independence anniversary.
It was in March 6, 1971. Fela had been invited to perform alongside James Brown and Tina Turner in an epic 15-hour Independence Day concert.
Turner the “America’s most soulful performers” to their ancestral home. Tina waved to the crowd. A film crew captured the whole show. It was quite a welcome.
James Brown who just finished the tour of Africa, excluding Ghana was badly expected with Fela, a Nigerian that had just rekindled the real African beat but they failed to show up.
Ghanaian leader, Kwame Nkruma was Fela’s mother, Funmilayo’s close friend. He was expectant to see his friend’s boy blowing the horn to welcome the whites that had come to celebrate the black heritage but Fela denied them the show.
In his tribute to the late South African music legend Hugh Masekela, the present Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo remembered Fela as one of the best Africa ever produced.
Today as Ghana marks its 61st Independence anniversary, Nigerians celebrate with her as the closest ally both in politics and sports.
Footballing between the two countries has always been a war. Since 1950, the two countries had played for 50 times, Ghana won 10 times, drew 18 times and lost 22 times.