Where To Go In Lagos: Kalakuta Museum

Hey people!

Been quite the long ass minute, hasn’t it?

I took an unauthorized hiatus from the blog because I was rounding up my program in school and I was hosting my mum in Milan and I was preparing to move back to Nigeria (I promise, I’ll talk all about it on the blog soon) so I did not have any interesting content as all I wore was tees and jeans with a parka – not kidding, everyday.

So, now that I have finally moved back and settled in a bit, I am going to bombard you lovely people with content (you don’t deserve to go through this, I promise :().

I’m starting this new section of Where To Go in Lagos (WTGIL, sorta like WWTBAM or KUWTK hahaha I can’t believe the things I find funny), and my first stop was the Kalakuta Republic or the Kalakuta Museum as it is called now. Simply put, it was home to the legendary Fela Anikulapo-Kuti when he was alive – my dad was the ultimate fan so I had that love transferred to me, so it was the utmost honor to see where he lived and made music.

Located at Gbemisola Street, Ikeja Lagos is the unmistakably cream-colored building with the inscription “Kalakuta Museum” on it.

Inside, we met with a “tour guide” to whom we had to pay 500 naira each to for the tour of the three-storey building with a bar/restaurant/grill on the roof.

Family portraits welcomed you on the stairwell..

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The Legend himself. This photo reminds me so much of a young Muhammed Ali.

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Fela with his mum, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti

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Fela and his 27 wives 
Then we were taken to his room – we weren’t allowed to enter, of course but I heard that the room was left in the state it was when he died in 1997.

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And his shoessss… He apparently had a pair for every outfit. Talk about a man with style!

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His Guitar

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And keyboard…
And scattered all over the house were paintings of him and lyrics of his songs..

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These could totally be wallpapers, no?
Then we watched Seun – his son – perform for a couple of minutes

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Took a picture with him, of course!

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Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s grave.
So, if you’re ever short on where to go in Lagos, you’re welcome. :p

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7 thoughts on “Where To Go In Lagos: Kalakuta Museum

  1. Hi ‘Denike,

    This was very interesting. thank you for sharing. Fela remains a legend as far as both the Nigerian Socio-political and music scenes are concerned. It was nice to see this side of his life.

    Have a lovely weekend.

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