Coming on the heels of a successful worldwide Broadway production of his life story – FELA and a soon to be released Hollywood production of the same, the late Afro-beat creator, musical icon and activist Fela Kuti is again being immortalized as his last residence at 18, Gbemisola Street, Ikeja, Lagos is to converted into a museum.
The Lagos State Government has approved and will support ultra modern project. When completed the building will have an exhibition area, a coffee shop, a 5-room boutique hotel, a roof-top restaurant, a bar and stage, a souvenir shop, a passenger lift, the tomb area and the car park.
When established, the Museum will achieve the following: the preservation of the history of an illustrious son of Africa, promotion of tourism in line with the Lagos State’s Mega City initiative, acquisitions, display and preservation of the artifacts, documents and records of the man referenced as well as those of his contemporaries of African ancestry, custodian of collectors’ and historical items-bordering on fine and folk arts for public enjoyment and for scholars to assist in researches, ready accessibility of authentic materials and relics on the man referenced, serve as an educational, historical and cultural institution of music and musicality of African origin and entertainment of visitors to the museum.
The Kalakuta Museum is conceived and managed by Total Consult – a reputable firm of architects and builders of numerous projects notably the conversion of the first colonial prison in central Lagos to The Freedom Park, a fast rising historic and tourist spot in the city.
The Museum is supported by the Lagos State Government and scheduled for opening in October 2012 in time for ‘FELABRATIONS’- the annual musical festival celebrating FELA’s life and his birthday on October 15th. The project is marketed by integrated marketing, media and entertainment management consultants Inspiro Productions Ltd.