Akinwunmi Ambode, the Lagos state governmenor will on Sunday October 15, 2017, unveil the statue of Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
The statue will be unveiled at the Allen Roundabout in Ikeja on Sunday, October 15, 2017, in honour of his 79th birthday and the 20th anniversary of his death.
Standing at 25 feet and titled ‘Liberation’, the statue is done to also celebrate Fela’s unique dress sense and style of salute.
Steve Ayorinde, the state commissioner for information and strategy, in a statement said that the government’s aim of honouring the late music icon is part of commitment to promote art and tourism and to celebrate iconic figures in politics economics and culture sectors who have contributed to the image and development of Lagos State.
Ayorinde further stated that the governor is expected to visit the Kalakuta Museum on Gbemisola Street, Ikeja where he will join family and Fela devotees in homage to the music icon.
“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”.