Monday, October 22, 2012

Fela’s Kalakuta home turned museum

The home of Afro-beat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti was on Monday unveiled as a museum with the support of the Lagos State Government to mark his 74th posthumous birthday and  promote cultural heritage.
Located on No 8, Gbemisola Street, Allen Avenue, Ikeja, the museum which is named “Kalakuta Museum” contains items such as Fela’s unique stage costumes, dozens of his shoes and covers of albums released by the late musician.
Various portrait pictures of him and his family and other household items used while he was alive are also on display.
The burial site of the late Afro-beat legend is also within the refurbished compound.
Speaking at the event,the Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism and Inter-Government Relations, Disun Holloway said, “it is only appropriate to have chosen a day as this to declare this monument open today to mark the 74th posthumous birthday of the legendary musician.”
“It is the beginning of Felabration – a week long series of festivities to celebrate a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist musician, human activist,tourism stakeholder and political maverick.”
“This is a deliberate attempt at bringing the old social life back to Lagos through the creation of places of relaxation within safe and secure environment. As demonstrated by the involvement of the state government in this museum, it is pertinent to reiterate our commitment towards boosting tourism” Mr Holloway stated.
Making his own remark, Femi Kuti, son of the late Afro-beat legend, applauded the Lagos state government for its support and emphasized that the museum would only serve its value if the legacies his father fought for were realised.
Fela Kuti’s outsized personality and social activism made him a hero to many while he was still alive, and his funeral in the city of Lagos drew massive crowds, fifteen years ago.
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