Although Fela had many wives, he still wanted more. He wanted to marry a popular and beautiful Nigerian singer (Onyeka Onwenu) in the 1980s and she refused to accept his marriage proposal. She revealed why she turned down his marriage proposal in a book she wrote about herself, titled 'My father's daughter'. She has also talked about it in some television interviews.
According to the legendary singer, she met Fela in 1984, after he was released from prison, he was arrested after he was caught with £1600. It was a crime in Nigeria then to be caught with large foreign currency.
Onyeka Onwenu met Fela in his club and she was expecting him to thank her for speaking out on his behalf after he was arrested. She wrote a popular article and stated reasons why Fela should not have been arrested.
Instead, he asked her to marry him. She revealed that she could not accept his marriage proposal because he had a lot of wives, and that she was not ready to fight for his attention with them. You can imagine what would have happened if she had gotten married to him.
She also revealed that while she was waiting to see Fela in his club, his wives walked past her and the look they gave her showed that they were not happy to see her.
It was an open secret then that Fela had many wives and the young Onyeka Onwenu was not ready to become one of them. On the 20th of February 1978 he got married to 27 of his dancers and backup singers in Parisona hotel Lagos.
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