Felabration 2012: Olumo Rock draws Don Jazzy, others to celebrations

Posted: September 22, 2012 in art/entertainment

In an effort to further add content to this year’s edition of Felabration, an annual event in commemoration of the globally respected pan-Africanist, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, all roads will on Monday, October 15, will lead to the Olumo Rock Tourist Complex, Abeokuta, in Ogun State, as a one-day event tagged: Felabration 2012 Live In Abeokuta features a public lecture and book presentation in honour of the late Afrobeat icon and rights activist.

Also on the bill is a special appearance and performance of top multi-talented music producer Don Jazzy.

The proposed lecture, titled: Fela Anikulapo-Kuti: An Agent of Change, will be delivered by Dr. Sola Olurunyomi, a lecturer at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan. The book, a narrative and screenplay entitled: “Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. The Primary man of an African Personality” written by Jawi Oladipo-Ola, a Fela enthusiast and published by FrontPage media, Osogbo will be reviewed at the occasion by Dr. Kayode Eesuola, Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Lagos.

The choice of Abeokuta, Fela’s ancestral home for the one day event is a deliberate and sustained effort by the organizers, FrontPage Media with the support of Olumo Rock Tourist Complex to impact the spirit of Felabrations on the immediate Abeokuta community.

According to Mr. Bankole Ola, event coordinator, the pursuit of this memorable event intends to make Fela continually relevant ‘as we build upon his landmark achievements and chart a positive path for his immortalization. ‘

“It is also positioned to spur the progressive government of Senator Ibikunle Amosun in Ogun State to formally recognize, honour and immortalize the great son of Egbaland, nay Africa, who against all odds-victimization, intimidation, harassments, brutalization, imprisonment-remained undaunted in his chosen mission. He came, saw and conquered because he was always determined to practice his convictions, rather than mere talk about them,” said Ola.

“Considering the socio-political, cultural and tourism contributions of the late music legend and human rights activist to Nigeria, Fela deserves to be immortalized as a worthy ambassador of the black race.  As a worthy son of Egbaland, Fela epitomized patriotism to his fatherland. As a member of the famous KUTI family, he was a Rock of Gibraltar. As a social crusader, he inspired a large followership among the high and socially depressed in the society. As an African, he committed his entir3e life to the cause of the down trodden,” he added.

Moreso, the planned event is a further way of capturing the enthusiasm that surrounds Olumo Rock as a tourism and cultural heritage towards promoting indigenous creativity and enhancing its potentials to a global perspective, considering the place of the Egba-Abeokuta to the missionaries, as ‘the spear head of civilization in that part of Africa.’

The event which will be held chaired by Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi OFR, Chairman, Ragolis Ltd, will be graced by the Executive Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun as Special Guest of Honour.

The Book Presenter is Omo’oba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon, Chairman/CEO, Omo’oba Yemisi-Adedoyin Shyllon Art Foundation (OYASAF) with Mr. Michael Ajereh Collins (Don Jazzy), President/Chief Executive Officer, Mavin Records as Chief Launcher while Honourable Segun Olulade, member, Lagos State House of Assembly, representing Epe 2 Constituency, Mr. Joseph Odobeatu, O’Jez boss, and Mrs. Folake Ali-Memuney, Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, First Bank of Nigeria Plc, are Special Launchers.

While lawyer and human rights activist, Mr. Femi Falana SAN is Special Host, the Ogun State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Chief Olu Odeyemi is chief host. Also expected are the Speaker, Ogun State house of Assembly, Hon. Adekunbi Suraju, the State Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr. Lanre Tejuoso and the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Yusuph Olaniyonu.

Other expected dignitaries are: Hon. Rotimi Makinde, Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Human Rights and member, Committee on Culture and tourism, Ms Yeni Kuti, Femi Anikulapo Kuti, Seun Anikulapo-Kuti, Segun Arinze and Dede Mabuiaku, amongst others.

Newly formed Laara Owa performing group, the performing troupe of Olumo Rock Tourist Complex will also perform at the occasion.

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