Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has concluded plans to honour the late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti as the week long activities marking his 79th posthumous birthday and the 20th anniversary of his death draws to a close.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said the honour is in line with Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s commitment to promote art and tourism and to celebrate iconic figures in the political, economical and cultural sectors, who have contributed to the image and development of Lagos State.
According to the Commissioner, Governor Ambode will on Sunday, October 15, 2017, unveil a statue in Fela’s memory at the Allen Roundabout in Ikeja, Lagos.
The Governor will also pay a visit to the Kalakuta Museum on Gbemisola Street, Ikeja where he will join family, friends and Fela devotees in a homage to the music icon.The day will be rounded off with a Special Lagos Jump – a musical tribute to the man affectionately called “Abami Eda” – at the Afrika Shrine in Agidingi, Ikeja, drawing the curtain on the 2017 edition of Felabration.
According to Ayorinde, “Fela did not only capture the global audience as a charismatic and energetic musician using Lagos as his base; he was revered for fighting against corruption and oppression even at the risk of imprisonment or death. His creativity, courage, passion and extraordinary ability to rise against the odds are trademarks of a true Lagosian”.
He added that it was in recognition of Fela’s contributions that Fela! The Broadway Musical Concert was staged at Eko Hotels in April 2017 as part of the celebration of Lagos at 50. The Lagos state government also supported the London Edition of Felabration during the last Nottinghill Carnival.
He also pointed out that the unveiling of the Fela statue at Allen Roundabout is in keeping with its commitment to promoting public monuments.
According to the Commissioner, “Fela is a global icon and one of the greatest success stories from Lagos. Monuments are erected across the State to remember the contributions of people like him to preserve their legacies and our history as a people.”