The government of Lagos State has announced plans to honour late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. According to the state Government, the plan to honour the late singer is in line with Governor Akinwumi Ambode’s commitment to promote and art and tourism. It was also added that the Afrobeat legend is worthy to be celebrated as he was one of those who have contributed to the image and development of Lagos state.
This was revealed in a statement issued by the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde. According to him, a statue in Fela’s memory will be commissioned at the Allen Roundabout, Ikeja on October 15, 2017.
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.
Fela is a global icon and one of the biggest 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.”
It was also added that in line with honouring the legend, the Governor will pay a visit to the Kalakuta Museum on Gbemisola Street, Ikeja where he will join family and friends Fela to pay him homage. A special ‘Lagos Jump’, a musical tribute to the late musician will round the day off at the Afrika Shrine in Agidingbi.