First Nigerian Musician to Wax an Album – Israel Oludotun Ransome-Kuti
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Israel Oludotun Ransome-Kuti, the father of Afro beat king, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, is the first Nigerian musician to produce a music album
As a clergyman in Anglican Church, Rev Israel Ransome-Kuti composed several worship song for use during church services and recorded number of them into an album.Reverend Israel Oludotun was born on 30th April, 1891 in Abeokuta, Ogun State to the family of Josiah Ransome-Kuti and Bertha Anny Olubi.
He attended CMS School, Lagos State for his primary education and Abeokuta Grammar School, Ogun State for his secondary schooling. Israel Oludotun Ransome-Kuti proceeded to Fourah Bay College, Freetown – the first university in West Africa, where he obtained his first degree.
He returned to Nigeria in 1916 after his graduation from Fourah Bay College and started his career as a class teacher at his Alma mater, Abeokuta Grammar School. He did this till 1918.
The Death of Israel Oludotun Ransome-Kuti
On 6th of April, 1955, Israel Ransome-Kuti died of a cancer-related illness at his residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State at age 63.