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Here’s Why Lagos State is Taking Down the Fela Statue At Allen Roundabout



If you’ve passed through Allen Avenue you’ve no doubt seen the statue of afro-beat legend, Fela.

Unfortunately, the next time you pass through Allen Roundabout and the statue is nowhere to be found, don’t be surprised because the Lagos State government has just pulled it down.

The Liberation Statue, unveiled on Fela’s 79th birthday in 2017 by Akinwunmi Ambode, was built to “celebrate a man who voluntarily turned his back on a life of comfort and privilege, and took up his saxophone as a weapon to fight for the liberation of our people from neo-colonialism and bad governance.”

The statue has now been taken down because it is located at one of the four roundabouts the administration of Babajide Sanwo-Olu identified as a major cause of gridlock in Lagos State.

The other roundabouts are at Ikotun, Lekki-Epe Expressway, and Maryland.

Gboyega Akosile, a spokesman for the governor, said the artwork will be relocated to an area where it won’t cause traffic, TheCable reports.

Check out the photos below.

Photo Credit: TheCable


  1. Adeleye

    January 14, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    Please, how is a statue that was built on a traffic island or traffic median causing traffic?


    January 15, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    Great approach. Nevertheless, a flyover would have reasonably introduced rather than breaking down historical round about in the state. Great Allen Roundabout ODI IGBA OSE. JUST ENTERED BOOK OF HISTORY. We just have more stories to tell our children about Government says public innovations.

  3. Larz

    January 15, 2020 at 11:24 pm

    Sounds political. Just say you wanna undo your predecessors work

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