Volumes were turned high both at the African Shrine in Agidingbi, Ikeja and Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos over a week in honour of the late Afrobeat iconic King, late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. The late Afrobeat king passed on august 2, 1997 at the age of 58. The Felabration is hosted yearly on his posthumous birthday. He was born on October 15.
The two venues, usually a beehive of arts’ and music activities, were simultaneously jam-packed by enthusiastic fans that cut across all the social strata of the society. Expectedly, the army of Rasta hair wearing was in their large numbers and in full elements. This only adds to the fun and conviviality of the occasion that host captains of industry, public officers and politicians alike.
The carnival-like atmosphere, both in Ikeja and Lagos venues were quite palpable. It offers fans and others lots of frills and thrills. Various Fela’s mementoes were on display, so also were his old evergreen music.
Both venues recorded massive turnouts during the week-long event.
Various artists took the stage during the week-long event that held Lagos social life spellbound. From hip-hop, highlife, fuji came various stars who dazzle the excited fans to no end.
Femi, the son of the late Afrobeat King, shortly after the hugely successful events, in a chat with our correspondent expressed joy and satisfaction by the huge success recorded by the organizers. He said one thing is clear, and a message we got was that Fela’s message is still relevant and more and more people are accepting them.
He promised to keep the event on and passed it to the coming generations of the Kutis and their fans.
He thanked all the sponsors, especially the Lagos State Government for their belief in the concept.
However, by the close of the events on Saturday early morning, it was clear enough that – FELA LIVES
Afolayan Adebiyi (c) 2019