The Lagos State Government has announced plans to honour Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, the late Afrobeat legend.
This is to be done as part of the activities of the 2017 edition of Felabration, a series of events marking Fela’s 79th posthumous birthday and 20th anniversary of his death.
According to a statement issued by the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, on Thursday, the Government said the honour is in line with Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s commitment to promote art and tourism as well as celebrate iconic figures in politics, economics and culture sectors who have contributed to the image and development of Lagos State.
According to the Commissioner, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode will unveil a statue in Fela’s memory on Sunday, October 15, 2017, at the Allen Roundabout in Ikeja.
The Governor will also pay a visit to the Kalakuta Museum on Gbemisola Street, Ikeja where he will join family and Fela devotees in homage to the music icon.
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”.
According to the Commissioner, “Fela is a global icon and one of the biggest success stories from Lagos.
The 25 feet statue titled ‘Liberation’ is done in fibreglass by artist Abolore Sobayo of Cowrie Studios as “an iconic legacy to celebrate Fela’s unique dress sense and style of salute.”