My Visit To Fela’s House || Kalakuta Museum

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Can’t remember exactly where or how I heard about Fela’s house, Kalakuta Museum, but I remember being fascinated about the thought of visiting where the famous Fela lived and I made mental note to visit once I had an opportunity.

You would think that my experience at Fela’s Shrine would have me running at the mention of the name Fela, but no, instead I planned a trip with one of my faves, Desua and together we went to pay homage and learn more about an Icon.

We visited Kalakuta Museum in the afternoon of Tuesday, 4th of May 2021. The Museum is a white 3 storey building located at 7, Gbemisola street, Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos. It’s quite easy to locate and has the face of Fela at the gate, so you can’t miss it.

Let’s do a quick history talk and why Kalakuta is significant;

The name Kalakuta is said to be a caricature of Fela’s cell in 1974 when he was arrested for possession of Marijuana and corruption of minor. Upon his release, he formed a commune which he called ‘Kalakuta Republic.

Kalakuta Republic’ housed his family, band members, recording studio and more at
14 Agege Motor Road, Idi-Oro, Mushin. However, it was destroyed and burnt to the ground by Military in 1977 after his song Zombie went viral.

After the destruction of Kalakuta in Mushin, the now Kalakuta Museum was Fela’s next house. He lived here till he died in 1997 and by 2012, Babatunde Raji Fashola renovation it and opened it up to the public.

While the first kalakuta site is said to now be a ground to a government facility, the second is a museum which has Fela’s possessions.

In the Museum you will find his clothes, saxophone, awards, pictures, newspapers, shoes, also the very room in which Fela slept, which is said to have been left untouched since he died and his burial tomb.

Coughs you should read more about Fela if you want more history talks, for now I will jump go present day and how I felt visiting.

As earlier, I was excited to visit Kalakuta Museum, I can’t say why exactly but I knew I wanted to visit.

Once in the compound, the security man asked how purpose of visiting, we mentioned we were there to visit the Museum and he led us into the building where we met our tour guide, I didn’t get this name.

To tour the facility, we each paid 1000 naira, after payment, our guide gave us a tour, telling us stories about Fela, and answering our many questions.

I was surprised that despite the fact that Fela had died decades ago, they had managed to preserve newspapers, pictures, clothes and more of him.

I enjoyed learning about Fela in a personal way through his possessions as opposed to numerous stories online.

From his clothes and shoes, I could tell he was a fashion icon, as well as a political activist from his albums, and newspapers.

The tour lasted about 45 minutes to 1 hour, and we got to see all the rooms, including Fela’s bedroom where he died which has been left untouched ever since, his bathe room, and toilet as well.

I loved looking through his pictures, they reminded me to take more pictures of every moment.

Once done with the tour, my self and Desua took loads of pictures, and videos, the. We went to the lounge area which is on the roof top to catch up and have a drink.

It was a pretty nice and insightful visit.

fela's house

To tour the facility, we each paid 1000 naira, after payment, our guide gave us a tour, telling us stories about Fela, and answering our many questions.

I was surprised that despite the fact that Fela had died decades ago, they had managed to preserve newspapers, pictures, clothes and more of him.

I enjoyed learning about Fela in a personal way through his possessions as opposed to numerous stories online.

From his clothes and shoes, I could tell he was a fashion icon, as well as a political activist from his albums, and newspapers.

The tour lasted about 45 minutes to 1 hour, and we got to see all the rooms, including Fela’s bedroom where he died which has been left untouched ever since, his bathe room, and toilet as well.

I loved looking through his pictures, they reminded me to take more pictures of every moment.

Once done with the tour, my self and Desua took loads of pictures, and videos, the. We went to the lounge area which is on the roof top to catch up and have a drink.

It was a pretty nice and insightful visit.

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