Saturday, October 16, 2010

Fela's Shrine

Located inside the Afrika Shrine is a grove dedicated to Fela himself. Hanging is the prototype shirt he wore during his playing days. Also dedicated to him are his saxophone and statues of some of the deities he worshiped. Incense is regularly burnt at his altar by minders of the shrine as the man in this photo is doing.

Even in death, Fela is still an enigma. He is Africa's Elvis, Bob Marley and John Lennon all rolled into one. Like Graceland, fans of Afrobeat flock to the Afrika Shrine every night to bask in the splendour of the music while they revel in the unfettered opportunity to indulge in weed smoking.

The Afrika Shrine is a bohemian paradise in its full glory.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The New Afrika Shrine

Located in the Ikeja central business district, the New Afrika Shrine is the commune where Afrobeat music lives. Patterned after Fela's original Afrika Shrine, it is a meeting place for progressives and music groupies.

American rapper Mos Def once described Fela thus: "Fela Anikulapo-Kuti was James Brown, Huey Newton, Rick James, Bob Marley, Duke Ellington, and ODB all rolled up in one black African fist..."

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Femi Kuti at Felabration 2010

Afrobeat star Femi Kuti speaking at the Felabration 2010 Fela Debates at the Afrika Shrine in lagos. His father Fela was the iconic creator of Afrobeat and Femi has taken the music a notch higher. He has been twice nominated for the Grammy Awards.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Gani Fawehinmi

A year after the passing of famous Nigerian human rights lawyer Gani Fawehinmi, the Lagos government immortalised him with this statue last month. Situated at the Ojota quadrangle junction, it stands as a brilliant testimony to the brave fight fight put up over fifty years by Gani (a.k.a Senior Advocate of the Masses) against military tyranny and despotic leadership.

Well done Gani and may the issues you fought and lived for become things of the past in no time.