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Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s Home transformed into Kalakuta Republic Museum Opens in Lagos

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The home of the late Afrobeat Legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti which has now been turned into a museum was opened to the public at an inauguration ceremony in Lagos yesterday. Although the museum is not yet complete, his family wanted it to be opened on October 15, which would have been his 74th birthday.

The date also marks the beginning of Felabration, a weeklong series of festivities to celebrate a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist musician, human activist, tourism stakeholder and political maverick.

Fela’s son, Femi Kuti told the AFP that the family decided to open it on October 15 to symbolise his birthday. “The museum is not finished, but we had to make the opening today. The launch symbolises his birthday and his struggle.”

The museum which has been renamed Kalakuta Republic Museum is located on Gbemisola Street, Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos. It was renovated by the Lagos State Government and is to be and managed by Total Consult. Fela’s trademark items like dresses, shoes and household materials are on display in the house. His bedroom, sitting rooms, photographs, with over 3,000 of Fela’s clothes are on display. Yeni Kuti, daughter of Fela said the public will be able to see the last bedsheet Fela used before he died in 1997, his saxophone and others. Fela’s producer and artist, Lemmy Gariokwu, the curator of the museum, said by the time other necessary things have been put in place people will be seeing Fela as in his real life.

The museum is one of the Kuti’s family efforts to promote the afrobeat musician’s legacy.


Photo Credit: AFP | Punch

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

18 Comments

  1. giggy

    October 16, 2012 at 8:59 am

    nice effort… afro beat lives on

  2. notaplayerhater

    October 16, 2012 at 9:04 am

    NICE. I only came to really appreciate Fela’s life after his death (i was too young in is lifetime to do otherwise) but his music really touches the rebel/revolutionary in me. I’m glad this is happening. Big ups

  3. NSG

    October 16, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Good but let them maintain sanity there.

    http://naijasportsgists.wordpress.com/

  4. Amazeballs!

    October 16, 2012 at 9:48 am

    long awaited, nice one!

  5. Seun

    October 16, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Who cares? abegi!

    • praise

      October 16, 2012 at 10:07 am

      Who cares? Clearly your head is in the wrong place.

    • Zetadeen

      November 5, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      They care! We care! What is your problem?

  6. ofilispeaks

    October 16, 2012 at 9:53 am

    nice!

  7. nems

    October 16, 2012 at 10:31 am

    This pretty cool! The man was an awesome musician.

    http://www.anemistyle.blogspot.com

  8. Hadassah

    October 16, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Very good idea… nice

  9. huh?

    October 16, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I luv fela….my mentor forever,always in our mind…how I wish he would have still be alive,to wrong the injustice

  10. cathy

    October 16, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    love this guy real good

  11. e-bukun

    October 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    This is really nice. I would have liked to see them keep it more “original”, and true to the Fela style. It looks like much of it has been redesigned.

  12. faith

    October 21, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    nice

  13. i never knew d mr legend before while he was alive but i miss him so much now and i have song titled kalakuta

    June 15, 2014 at 11:05 am

    i love him

  14. Waka

    May 29, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Such a powerful man indeed. He really made history

  15. DJ Meex

    October 5, 2019 at 4:54 am

    Musical genius!!! Can’t stop listening ti his music! What an artist!

  16. DJ Meex

    October 5, 2019 at 7:33 am

    Pure genius!!!

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