Saturday, September 25, 2021

Travel: The Kalakuta Republic Museum And Its Legendary Afrobeat History

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Still on our search for must-see places in Lagos, today we have something special for all Afrobeat fans. If the Legendary musician and activist, Fela was and still is a favourite of yours, then we have just thing for you.
Formerly known as Kalakuta Republic, the Kalakuta republic museum was home to Late Fela Anikulapo Kuti and his followers in the 1970s till his death in 1997. It is located on Gbemisola Street, Allen Avenue, Ikeja. In the early 1970,  Kalakuta republic was a recording studio and commune. Due to the corruption of the then military government, Fela felt he couldn’t be part of such and declared the Kalakuta Republic a sovereign state and independent of Nigeria.The idea of turning the late musicians home into a museum was thought up by his children and family and they sought the help of the Lagos state government in order to achieve it. To the government, it was a welcome development that will boost the tourism of the state. The project for renovating the Kalakuta Museum building was awared to Theo Lawnson (architect resonponsible for the conversion of the Broad Street prison into a theme park called Freedom Park).

The museum is a five-room guest house, coffee and a souvenir shop. At entrance of  the museum, to the left is the grave of the musician. You will as a tourist/visitor hear background music from the late musician’s famous tunes played from hidden speakers as you make your way into the building.
Once inside the house, on display are the late musicians personal effects: the rack where he kept his shoes and some of these shoes placed on it, three thousand of his snug-fitting clothes and underpants, newspaper clipping, old album covers and lots of painting and photographs.

As you move further into the house,  the staircase has pictures of the legend arranged in a step-ladder form telling a silent story of the legend’s life.
At the terrace is a big canvas of the shirtless artiste blowing his saxophone with seven hundred of his songs inscribed on it. The main attraction of the museum is the late singer’s bedroom which is still preserved the way he left it.
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