To commemorate the attack on Kalakuta in February 1977, a week-long series of events is held at the Jazz 38 club in Lagos, including a conference organised by novelist Festus Ijayi titled The Kalakuta Inferno and Human Rights in Nigeria, which Fela addresses.

Fela is invited to visit Burkina Faso by its revolutionary president, Thomas Sankara, a longtime fan of Fela’s music. In October, Sankara is assassinated.

Thomas Sankara & Fela Kuti in Ouagadougou - February 1987Fela Kuti visiting Thomas Sankara