FELA: Lagos State Government to Turn Kalakuta Republic to Kalakuta Museum

Not long after a successful worldwide Broadway production of his life story – Fela! And a soon to-be-released Hollywood production of the same, the late Afrobeat creator, musical icon and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti also known as Abami Eda, is again being immortalized. Fela’s last residence at 18, Gbemisola Street, Ikeja, Lagos. His Kalakuta Republic residence is now being converted to The Kalakuta Museum.

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

The Museum is aimed at preserving 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, and also custodian of collectors’ and historical items-bordering on fine and folk arts for public enjoyment and for scholars to assist 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 firm of architects and builders of numerous projects, including 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 is supported by the Lagos State Government and scheduled for opening in October 2012 in time for ‘FELABRATIONS’, the annual musical festival celebrating Fela’s life and his birthday on October 15. The project, is marketed by integrated marketing, media and entertainment management consultants Inspiro Productions Ltd.

Culled from a Nigerian newspaper, Guardian

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