Governor Fashola Visits Fela Museum


Lagos State Governor,
Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Friday visited the Kalakuta Republic Museum
dedicated in memory of late Afrobeat Icon, Fela Anikulapo- Kuti, saying the
building will help generation after generation to connect with and relive the
Fela experience. Governor Fashola who
spoke with newsmen at the Gbemisola Street, Ikeja location of Kalakuta Republic
added that the decision to give the building a facelift is in realization that
more could be done with the legacy of Nigeria’s biggest cultural and artistic
export to the world.

He said having
visited several interesting and historic places, the Kalakuta Republic Museum
represents one of the concepts that he has come across, saying that even in his
lifetime, the place was a museum.

“It was a place that
connected and resonated with so many people and I thought that if we give it a
face lift, it will continue to serve the same purpose and keep his ideas about
humanity, about governance, about social contracts, about the power of black
people and their resource and life”, Governor Fashola added.
On what lessons could
be learnt from the visit to Fela’s house who was anti- establishment during his
lifetime, Governor Fashola said political officers especially in a democratic
dispensation must listen to the critical side.
“We must respect that
there is another side there, but we will continue to do our best within the
limit of our skills, our exposure and our experience because we know that we
are not infallible”.
“Therefore there
would be another side, the side that disagrees with the methods and policies.
There must be a commonality of purpose about doing what is right and there
would be very fine lines of disagreement about what are the best methods and
politicians must listen to that side and if there are arguments, we should
concede”, the Governor reiterated.
The Governor was
taken round the building by the son of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Femi and his sister
Yeni and was joined on the visit by members of the State Executive Council
including Commissioner for Tourism and Intergovernmental Affairs, Mr Disun
Holloway, Works and Infrastructure, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, Physical Planning and
Urban Development, Town planner Olutoyin Ayinde and other members of the
Anikulapo- Kuti family.


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