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.

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