Fela Anikulapo's house turned to heritage museum in Ogun state

Fela Anikulapo's house turned to heritage museum in Ogun state

In the mood of Felabration, the federal government of Nigeria in collaboration with the Ogun state government have converted the family house of Fela Anikulapo Kuti in Abeokuta, Ogun state to an heritage museum.

This was disclosed by Lai Mohammed, the Minister of information, culture and tourism and Senator Ibikunle Amosun, the governor of Ogun state during a visit to the house on October 25, on NEPA road, Isabo, Abeokuta.

Mr Lai Mohammed said: “It is laudable in the sense that this is one of the most positive steps to actually put our rhetorics into action.

Fela family house
The family house of Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti in Abeokuta

We have always said that one of the important assets we have is our cultural heritage, our history and this project, which is going to immortalise the Ransome-Kuti family, is laudable and admirable.

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“The family, as you know, represents different things to different people, whether you talk about education, emancipation, music or entertainment.

“Therefore, this attempt by the government at immortalising the family by preserving and restoring the ancestral home is very commendable.

“The emphasis of this government, whether state or federal, is that the creative industry must be turned into creative economy and this centre is going to be a good model to encourage and inspire the youth.”

Also addressing journalists, Governor Amosun, said: “The creative industry should be turned to a creative economy – we are going have museums for all of them, it is not just the Kuti family alone.

“All our icons have a special place in our administration. These are the people who define us, when we go out there and say we are from Ogun State. We can’t call ourselves who we say we are without those giants who lived before us.

“They laid the foundation that we are all building upon and clearly, the Kuti family is one of those illustrious families that conquered the world, not only Ogun State or Abeokuta or Nigeria.

“Fela was far ahead of his time. For us, it will be in our interest to let people know his origin, his root,” the governor said.

See the picture of the house below;

Fela family house
Fela's family house

The building which is presently undergoing renovations is billed to be delivered by 2018 according to the governor.

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