At last, Fela gets own museum in Ikeja

Posted: June 21, 2012 in art/entertainment, arts/culture

Coming on the heels of a successful worldwide Broadway production of his life story, titled; Fela! The Broadway Musical, and addition to  a soon-to-be released Hollywood production of the same title, the late Afrobeat creator, musical icon and rights activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti is again being immortalized.

The late Fela’s well known residence at 18, Gbemisola Street, Ikeja, Lagos, will soon be converted to a museum to be called The Kalakuta Museum.

The Lagos State Government approved and supported the ultra-modern project which when completed will have an exhibition area, a coffee shop, a 5-room boutique hotel, a roof-top restaurant, a bar and stage, a souvenir shop, a passenger lift, the tomb area and the car park.

When established, the museum will achieve the following: the preservation of the history of an illustrious son of Africa, promotion of tourism in line with the Lagos State’s Mega City initiative, acquisitions, display and preservation of the artifacts, documents and records of the man referenced as well as those of his contemporaries of African ancestry, custodian of collectors’ and historical items-bordering on fine and folk arts for public enjoyment.

Other purposes include; to assist scholars in researches, ready accessibility of authentic materials and relics on the man referenced, serve as an educational, historical and cultural institution of music and musicality of African origin and entertainment of visitors to the museum.

The Kalakuta Museum is conceived and project managed by Total Consult, a reputable firm of architects and builders of numerous projects notably the conversion of the first colonial prison in central Lagos to The Freedom Park, a fast rising historic and tourist spot in the city.

The Museum which is supported by the Lagos State Government is scheduled to open this October in time for ‘Felabrations’, the annual musical festival celebrating Fela’s life and his birthday on October 15. The project is also marketed by Inspiro Productions.

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