Kalakuta republic museum was the home of Late Legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti. This place once housed his followers i.e. his band members and dancers. It doubles as his home as well as a studio where he does his music. Fela Anikulapo Kuti was huge resistance to the government during his time. This made the then government send soldiers to destroy his house twice. So, the current Kalakuta republic museum is his 3rd house. Fela must have gotten his spirit of activism from his mother who also a strong activist. She also fought for Nigerian independence. After his death in 1997, his children, family, and fans decided to transform his house to the museum. This will be a place where lovers of Fela can keep his spirit alive. The name Kalakuta was coined from Fela Cell room “Calcutta” during the time he was in prison.
Entry fee and Location
Kalakuta museum is located at 7, Gbemisola Street, Ikeja. You can take a tricycle before you get to Ikeja under the bridge to the place. The place is very easy to find, a short walk from Allen Avenue bus stop. The gate fee for entry to the museum is 1000 naira. The museum has a ground floor where you cam souvenirs. Also, it has a roof top bar where you can order food, drinks, and palm wine. In other to access the rooftop, you will pay a fee of 1000 naira. This has to be done 24 hours before a visit to the bar through their facebook page. Fela’s graveyard is just in front of the building. He died at the age of 53.
Facts about Kalakuta republic museum
After making payment at the reception, a tour guide gives a tour of the museum. He is trained to give tourists as much insight into Fela’s life which is the purpose of the museum. The tour starts off at the ground floor where some of his albums are explained. The album that I found interesting was that called,”Confusion“. Here Fela describes Ojuelegba, Lagos state as a place of confusion. To date, this place can be really confusing. It has four roads branching off this bus stop and it is full of people. For me, Ojuelegba feels like the busiest place in Lagos.
Tour of his museum
There are pictures of Fela’s family, children, wives , concubines as well as girlfriend at the Museum. The museum also has picture of Fela as an actor in a movie which was destroyed. In memory of this Legend, Felabration takes place every year at his shrine. This place is a few distance away from the museum. Fela’s room is still kept just the way he left it before his death. With well arranged clothes in a rack, his bed and pillows. One of Fela’s main instrument is a Saxophone. His Saxophone is still being kept in his room till date.
Kalakuta museum also preserved some memoir from the life of Fela. His first marriage to his wife abroad, children as well as tour around the world. An article showing the political party Fela founded to run for presidency is at the museum. These phrase caught my eye, MOP is for the poor not for the rich. Fela stood for the poor and so many followers under this party. His ideology was greatly influence from his fraternity with Malcome X and black panther. After your tour at the museum, you also visit Johnson Jakande park at Ikeja. This park is not too far from shoprite.