Legendary singer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti has been honored by the Lagos state government with a statue in the state.
The effigy is part of efforts to celebrate the state’s 50th anniversary. It is located at the Allen round about, Ikeja.
Though he was born in Abeokuta, Ogun state, Fela, for most of his career, lived and worked in Lagos.
He set up the Kalakuta Republic in Idi-Oro, Mushin, which was his home, recording studio and much more. The compound was burned to the ground on February 18, 1977 by soldiers of the Nigerian Army.
He also set up the Afrika Shrine where he performed regularly. A New Afrika Shrine in Ikeja, supervised by his son Femi Kuti, stands today.
See the statue below.