When Mrs Ransom-Kuti met Kwame Nkrumah

Great leaders often seem so different and distant from us. What they achieve seems so extraordinary that we think of them as superhuman. This is especially the case when we read stories of daring women. They seem not to be of woman born. But when we start to look at them in terms of their fleshy, erotic existence we can begin to imagine them as human, all too human.

We re-read Carlos Moore’s 1982 biography of the iconoclast Fela Kuti, Fela: This Bitch of a Life, focusing in on two passages: the deterioration in Fela’s parents’ marriage and Fela’s mother, Mrs Funmilayo Ransom-Kuti’s relationship with Ghana’s president Kwame Nkrumah. In these two passages, a lot was revealed, but a lot remained unspoken, hovering amidst the interstitial lord of the gaps….

Intrigued by what may reside in the gaps, we present a diary that reconstructs the erotically charged encounter between Mrs Ransom-Kuti and Kwame Nkrumah that was disrupted by the presence of the young Fela. Here, the unspoken desire of a feminist, political activist and a reverend’s wife in colonial Nigeria is let loose in this intimate account.

One Response to “When Mrs Ransom-Kuti met Kwame Nkrumah”
  1. Wanganegresse 8 March 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    We have long suspected a secret relationship between the beloved leader and the fearless activist. There is also talk of a love child who is said to be living under an alias in the capital of the Re-United States of the Americas.

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