Fela Kuti to be Resurrected in Izu Ojukwu’s “77: The FESTAC Conspiracy”
Highlife musician and leader of the band Egypt 80, Seun Kuti, will play his father, Fela Kuti in the biopic “’77: The FESTAC Conspiracy.” Fela Kuti was a legendary musician, Pan-Africanist, and political activist whose vocal talents were used to criticize the social ills of the ’70s and ’80s.
In recently released photos on Instagram, Seun Kuti can be seen adorned in the “regalia” of his father as he serenades the crowd and backup dancers with a song.
In “’77: The FESTAC Conspiracy” time travels to the past, back in the ’70s when Nigeria was at its most vulnerable. It follows the life of an ex-military officer who joins a political movement to challenge societal issues and bring about a positive change in a country that was riddled with corruption, armed robbery, and drug importation and exportation.
The upcoming film was written by Olisa Eloka and directed by Izu Ojukwu. It stars Nollywood’s finest like Rita Dominic, Ramsey Nouah, Daniel K Daniel, Ibinabo Fibresima, and Soibifaa Dokubo.
No word has been given on the release date thus far, but according to TNR sources, the film is currently in its post-production stage.
Watch the trailer here.