Lagos State Government Announces Invitation for Bids for the Construction of Roads Across 20 LGAs and 37 LCDAs in Lagos State.
Press Release: Public Presentation of Historical Book On Ikorodu & Environs, Titled Orunsen (The Source)
In line with the 26th Ikorodu Oga Day celebration, Quiver Discovery in conjunction with Ikorodu Oga Development Association (IKODASS) is set to Launch a book titled, “ORUNSEN- the source”.
ORUNSEN literally means ‘The Source’ or ‘The Origin’, and the theme of the book is “…history of a people!”.
ORUNSEN- the source is an historical book that unifies the indigenous towns in Ikorodu Division. Its first edition to be launched comprises of the Origin of ten (10) indigenous towns- Ipakodo, Ikorodu, Igbogbo, Imota, Isiwu, Ijede, Egbin, Ewu-elepe, Owutu and Agura out of the Eighty Seven (87) indigenous towns in Ikorodu division with successive editions and reviews capturing other indigenous towns yet to be covered in this present one.
Ikorodu town and its environs are historically blessed to be deprived of her frontal relevance hence the need for proper documentation of our histories, cultures and traditions.
The contents of the book is retrospective and should be recommended for every youth of Ikorodu Division to afford them the opportunity to know how the communities started. The older generations too should be availed a copy maybe they will retrace their steps and leave for future generations histories worth documenting.
Our Division has the history of being together against all odds and the Ikorodu-Egba War remains a testament that if we pull our resources together as a people, we can win all wars.
Be part of this historical event by attending the Public presentation and Book Launch slated for 13th of November, 21017 at Ikorodu Town Hall, Olubi, Ikorodu, Lagos by 1pm.
Let’s together put our history on the globe.
ORUNSEN- the source
Princess Aderoju Ladega
Owodiwo Folami Alogba, popularly called ‘Faboo’ is a singer, songwriter and a model. He got into music industry around 2009.Since then, he has released several hit tracks such as ‘Emi o ni fowo osi ju we ilu baba mi’, his first track which turned anthem for Ikorodu, his home town in Lagos State, ‘Take Me Home To Mama’ and ‘Lodunyi’, an inspirational and prayer song. Faboo’s recent works are ‘Ibadi’ and ‘Moda4kerNevaLOvedUs’, both of which were produced by the talented producer, Matzbeatz. In this interview with THE IMPACT, Faboo spoke about his sojourn into music, inspiration, relationship with other established music acts, his latest works and love for Ikorodu. Excerpts:
IMPACT: Could you please briefly tell us about your background?
Faboo: I am a full native of Ikorodu. I was born and christened Folami Owodiwo Alogba but my fans popularly called me ‘Faboo’, which is my stage name. I attended both my primary and secondary schools here in Ikorodu, Anglican Primary School and Government College, Ikorodu respectively. I later attended Lagos State Polytechnic, Isolo Campus. I was born and bred in Ikorodu
IMPACT: How did you get into music?
I started my music career in Ikorodu around 2009/2010. It was awesome because I got massive response from fans and great people of Ikorodu who showed me love and affections. The song, ‘Mi o ni fowo osi juwe Ile baba mi’ was a hit and everybody identified with it. It was not an easy task but we thank God that we are still standing representing my hood, Ikorodu and I will forever represent it. At that time, it was my name (Faboo) that rented the air across Ikorodu because of my representation of the town, especially with my music which is laden with local content that depicts Ijebu culture and values.
IMPACT: Where did you get inspiration to sing?
Faboo: I got my inspiration from the love and passion I have for music and mostly, from my grandfather who was more or less like a musician. I love listening to him then,especially whenever he was singing Apala music and other songs. He was very good at it and he contributed greatly to the love I have for music. Another source of my inspiration are the legendary musicians which Ikorodu had produced and whom I listen to from time-to-time. The lifestyle of my people in Ikorodu is another factor that inspired me. We are full of life and also love life in Ikorodu..
IMPACT: After your first track (‘Mi o ni fowo osi juwe ile baba mi”), which was a hit, which other songs have you worked on?
Faboo: As I mentioned earlier, my first track was ‘Mi o ni fowo…’ which did very well, I have also worked and still working on my other songs. Music is an art; an endless thing, which you must continually engage in to improve.I also have songs such as ‘Take me home to mama’,(my second track) ‘Abosede’ and several others.
IMPACT: What is your reaction to the rumour making the round that you have left Ikorodu for Lagos Island and Surulere because you are not happy with the way you are being treated?
Faboo: ‘Emi o maa ni fowo osi juwe Ilu baba mi, ilu kekere oko ilu bantata’ (singing about Ikorodu from his first track ). Faboo is an original Ikorodu-born and he will always represents the town the same way Olamide is representing Bariga and Whizkid is representing Surulere. That we are conducting this interview here in Ikorodu (at Falcons bar & suites, Ebute) is a proof that your boy, Faboo, is always at home here.I am a proud Ikorodu boy.
IMPACT: But for sometimes now, you have been staying outside Ikorodu?
Faboo: You should know that I am a music act and entertainer and to stay on top of the game, there is need to explore so many places because that is what the industry demands. You cannot stay at one place and expect stardom. You should also know that in terms of music and showbiz generally, you cannot compare Surulere with Ikorodu. What we are doing is going out there to achieve stardom; get known and bring the glory and honour back home to our mother land, Ikorodu.
I must also add that Ikorodu people, especially privileged individuals, need to do more in supporting their own people. Olamide, Qdot and others are being supported in their respective hoods. We need to show more love for our young ones in order for them to be inspired and encouraged.That being said, I still remain that humble Ikorodu boy and in anything I do, I always put Ikorodu first.
IMPACT: What is your relationship with other established and upcoming music acts from Ikorodu like Qdot, Atawewe and others outside Ikorodu?
Faboo: We relate very well. We aren’t competitors but brothers from the same town. I have great rappport with celebrities like Olamide,WizKid and most especially,Q.dot. He is not my colleague but a brother. We are family. We talk and chat often and also do things together.
IMPACT: What other tracks do you have to your name and what should your fans be expecting from you soon?
Faboo: Aside those tracks I listed earlier, there are ‘Ibadi’, ‘Moda4kerNevaLOvedUs’, ‘Dont love and Juice back’. I also want to tell my fans that I will be shooting a video in my hood at Anibaba in Ikorodu where I grew up, play and relate. I could have shot it in Surulere or VGC or elsewhere but Ikorodu is my home and we will forever be representing our mother’s town.
IMPACT: How do you see music and entertainment generally in Ikorodu in the next two to ten years?
Faboo: We are getting there and you can see that development is coming into Ikorodu. Very soon, Ikorodu will take its place of pride among the comity of towns. Our town is the future of entertainment in Lagos State.
IMPACT: Any word for your fans out there?
Faboo: I want to appreciate all my fans in Ikorodu, Lagos State and across the world generally.Many gratitudes for your love and supports for Faboo. Expect more from us. Thank you.
Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday, October 15, 2017, eulogized the virtues of late Afrobeat legend and freedom fighter, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti describing him as an enigmatic artiste who used the platform of his art to agitate for social and human rights by challenging government and people to explore development through social and economic activities that are rooted in African values.
Speaking while unveiling the Liberation Statue in honour of Fela erected at Allen Roundabout in Ikeja as part of activities marking his 79th posthumous birthday and the 20th anniversary of his demise, Governor Ambode said aside from challenging people to free their minds of all inhibitions and actualise their true potentials, the late music icon also voluntarily turned his back on a life of comfort and privilege, and took up his saxophone as a weapon to fight for the liberation of the people from neo-colonialism and bad governance.
While insisting that the spirit of Fela was still alive as a movement of social consciousness and justice against oppression, the Governor said the late legend made the world sit up and take notice of the energy of African art and music, adding that he will forever be accorded his position in the global hall of fame of artistes.
He said: “The phenomenon that the world knows as “Fela” was deeply rooted in the evolution of Lagos State. The story of music, art, entertainment and tourism in Lagos and Nigeria cannot be told without an eloquent mention of the “Abami eda”.
“On this day, October 15th, which would have been Fela’s 79th birthday, the government and people of Lagos State celebrate ‘’Fela’’ with the unveiling of this Liberation Statue. It has been 20 years since he passed on but the memories he left us with remain evergreen. Today we celebrate a man who voluntarily turned his back on a life of comfort and privilege, and took up his saxophone as a weapon to fight for the liberation of our people from neo-colonialism and bad governance.
“This “Liberation” statue is not an image of Fela but a symbol of Fela’s philosophy. This artwork was created as a form of respect and remembrance to this legend; what he stood for and fought for with his music; his mythology; struggle for freedom; fight for human dignity; social consciousness; courage and Pan-Africanism,” the Governor said.
While reiterating the continued commitment of the State Government to fully harness the potentials of entertainment, creative arts and tourism to transform the economy of the State and generate wealth and job opportunities for the people, Governor Ambode said his vision is to create a vibrant arts and culture sector that would empower young and talented population to find their own voices and impact society positively.
He said though Fela was no more, but it was gratifying that he is still alive in his music and in the music of Femi, Seun and other artistes who have followed his style of music, assuring that the unveiled statue would be the first of many to celebrate the Afrobeat icon.
Responding on behalf of the family, Fela’s daughter and social commentator, Yeni Kuti commended Governor Ambode and the artist for coming up with such a monument to recognize and honour their father in a big way, saying that it was a good representation of their late patriarch.
She specifically justified the design of the monument, saying it was the expression of how the artist felt about the late legend.
She said: “Before people on social media will start to say the Fela has no head or it has no hand and so on, it is art and before you abuse us, let me answer quickly. It is art. How an artist feels is how he feels because if he had put a head and the head did not look like Fela, everybody will say the head did not look like Fela so now you cannot abuse the head because it is not even there.
“The artist has said it is a spirit and when Fela was alive, he hated statues and so I think this effigy is a good representation of what Fela would have wanted because he did not like statues and that is why at the Museum you will notice that there is no statue of Fela. Everybody wants to do his statue and I have fought against it. So, this one I can accept it and so I want to thank the artist who designed it and also thank Governor Ambode for recognizing Fela in a big way.”
The visual artist who designed the effigy, Abolore Sobayo said the work was an expression of how he feels about the late Afrobeat legend, saying that it was designed to generate discussion about the emancipation of the people.
While justifying the fact that the art work had no head, Sobayo said the design came out of extensive research on what Fela represented through his music, and how to use same to correct some of the things he complained about years ago that are still happening.
“For me as an artist, art transcends beyond beauty or aesthetics. For me, art should generate discuss; art should ask question and art should provoke our thoughts. For me, the creation of the Liberation Statue is to represent the essence of Fela by using his costume.
“For me, I believe that this should serve as a conscious to our subconscious that twenty years after Fela’s demise, most of the things he talked about are still happening. For me, this work should come to us not just as a beautiful work, but it should come to us as something that will ginger us to look at the positivity in our lives; positivity in the values of his music; for us to start to emancipate our people positively. Going forward, I have been able to use symbolism as a medium to represent Fela through his costume and to represent his essence,” Sobayo said.
The event was attended by notable members of late Fela’s family including Yemi Ransome-Kuti (Head of family), Seun Kuti, Kunle Kuti, Yeni Kuti, Motunrayo Kuti, Dotun Olukoye Ransome-Kuti, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana; veteran Nollywood actor, Pa Olu Jacobs and his wife, Joke Silva; Fela’s first manager, Chief Benson Idonije, among others.
Governor Ambode was also at the Kalakuta Museum on Gbemisola Street, Ikeja where he was received by Afrobeat star and Fela’s son, Femi Kuti, among other family and devotees of the late music icon.
He later hosted a Special Lagos Jump to formally round off Felabration 2017 at the New Afrika Shrine, thereby becoming the first Governor in his official capacity to visit the shrine to end the show.
Member, Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Babjimi Benson and his operational group, iCare Foundation, will tomorrow, Monday, October 16, 2017, mark a year anniversary of distribution food items to his constituents which is popularly known as ‘Apo Anu’ (Mercy Bag) .
500 beneficiaries are to benefit from tomorrow’s event which is scheduled to hold by 10am at Hon. Babajimi Benson’s Federal Constituency Office situated along Ipakodo/Igbogbo Road.
Over 10,000 constituents have so far benefited from the laudable gesture since inception a year ago.
According to the spokesperson of iCare, the one year anniversary of ‘Apo Anu’ distribution will serves as the beginning of the increment of the beneficiaries from 300 to 500.
iCare FoodBank, an initiative of iCare Foundation founded by Hon. Benson,is a non-profit and charitable organization which buys food items and groceries and distributes them freely to indigent individuals and families in Ikorodu constituency.
Among items being distributed are rice, beans, milk and bournvita and others.
To mark the one year anniversary, iCare had called for nomination of those in need from the members of the public.Those to be nominated are elderly people, single parents, widows and physically challenged.
The Majority Leader, Lagos State House of Assembly and Opomulero (Pillar) of Ikorodu, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade and others were on Saturday, October 14, 2017, admitted into the prestigious Oriwu Club of Ikorodu.
The induction ceremony took place at the club house in Agabala along Ikorodu – Shagamu road, Ikorodu.
Others inducted along with the lawmaker were Otunba Akinola Awomodu, Chief Dr. Kazeem Ogbara, Mr Tajudeen Solebo, Dr Adeniyi Balogun, Dr. Mobolaji Olukoya and Dr. Adesegun Kashimawo among others.
His Royal Majesties, Oba Kabir Adewale Shotobi, the Ayangbure of Ikorodu and Oba Abdu-Fatai Aromire Aremu Ojora, the Ojora of Lagos were also honoured as Life Patrons of Oriwu Club.
Eminent members of the club and several invited dignitaries graced the occassion.
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-Council Chair pledges open door administration
In an attempt to have people’s oriented and sustainable budget for the 2018 fiscal year, the Igbogbo/Bayeku Local Council Development Area (LCDA) engaged stakeholders and residents of the area in a town hall meeting on Thursday, October 12,2017,at Mikkson Onas Event Centre situated along Bola Ahmed Tinubu Road,Igbogbo.
At the meeting, which was the first of its kind to be held by the current administration of the council led by Hon. Sesan Daini,were political and opinion leaders, traditional rulers, religious leaders, professionals, market men and women, youths and students’ representatives, clubs and associations among many others.
In compliance with the Lagos State Governor’s directive to all council chairmen during their swearing-in ceremony, Hon.Daini, at the meeting, promised to run an open-door administration.
He stated that the purpose of the meeting was for the council,stakeholders and residents of the community to jointly deliberate and proffer solutions to challenges.
“It is with great pleasure and honour that I address you at this auspicious event geared towards the development of our Local Council Development Area and by extension Lagos State. This maiden edition of the Stakeholders’ Meeting and Budget Interactive Session is crucial at this time to further reiterate the commitment of our administration in addressing the several challenges we face as people and to collectively fashion out a way forward in which each and everyone of us individually and collectively play our roles as citizens, community leaders, and government”, Comrade Daini stated.
“We are a government of the people and we value the input of our people in the administration of the council. We run an open door policy thus the highpoint of today’s event is to get direct inputs from you in developing an inclusive budget for 2018 fiscal year. We want you tell us your priorities and not what we think you need.
He added: “We are all aware that no meaningful development can be achieved in budget execution without adequate funding and in this regards, our administration is working relentlessly to increase our Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in other to balance revenue with the needs of our people. Our revenue generation drive is formulated on the tripod of Efficiency, Transparency and Accountability. In line with this, we are working to establish brand new revenue collection centres across the LCDA.”
The chairman also stated that the revenue generation of the council has been reformed for improved services by introducing electronic system and corporate identity for the revenue officers, adding that the reforms would commenced soon.
“From January 2018, our revenue collection officers will wear their numbered uniforms.So, any revenue officer not dressed in the new uniform should not be attended to and can also be reported to the council via dedicated phone number we will release to the public soon. In the coming weeks, we will be implementing an electronic billing and payment system for the collection of levies, dues and charges. Still on revenue generation, we will be embarking on enumeration of all collectibles within the council with the intent of revenue projection and accountability.”
The chairman also hinged his administration’s policy trust on environment, road, traffic and security among others.
On the environment, Comrade Daini stated, “On the environmental situation within the council, it is important to state this clearly before our enforcement unit starts taking drastic actions henceforth. It is against the environmental laws and masterplan of Lagos State to erect structures on canals and wetland. Furthermore, encroachment into the road will not be tolerated and we are using this medium to call those found wanting to relocate and readjust now.
“We will not tolerate the blocking of roads and parking of vehicles on the roads, especially by Trailers (Dangote Trailers), for whatever reason, as this act further worsen the traffic congestion within the metropolis. Street trading adds to the traffic congestion on our roads and this has led us to give our existing markets face-lift or complete modernization. We are calling on road transport unions to charge their members to be law abiding and obey traffic rules”, he warned.
“Today, we are launching the Road Safety Corps Club in our primary schools to educate and orientate the pupils and by extension their parents on obeying traffic rules and road safety measures”.”
“We are charging owners of unregistered street names to come for regularization and documentation of the street names with the council. We are also calling on registered street name owners to regularly renew their street names annually as and when due.
“As a government, the security of lives and properties of our people is a priority. I want to specially thank the good people of Igbogbo-Bayeku LCDA and our gallant security agencies for their efforts in curbing the crime rate within the council. We thank God for the uprooting of Badoo menace which threatened the peaceful atmosphere of our council but we should not rest on our oars and sleep with our two eyes closed yet. In order to maintain peace and order, a new security formation is being set up within the council and more details will be made available as events unfold.
Keying into the State’s Megacity planning,Hon. Daini stated that Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA Development Plan is getting the attention of his administration and that its implementation will be phased into short, medium and long term.
“We have conceived and designed “Igbogbo-Bayeku Development Plan” in tune with the State Government’s megacity masterplan. The Igbogbo-Bayeku Development Plan is currently undergoing intense scrutiny before it is presented to stakeholders for their inputs and thereafter presented to the public. The Developmental Plan has been phased into short, medium and long terms for ease of implementation and it was conceived to take Igbogbo-Bayeku LCDA to an enviable position amongst local councils in the state and the nation at large.”
After the chairman’s speech, the floor was thrown open for stakeholders and residents to make their observations and requests, all of which are expected to be injected into the 2018 budget planning.
Key requests/demands by stakeholders and residents at the meeting include:
-Call for the resuscitation of abandoned factories in Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA
-Call for the convening of Igbogbo/Bayeku Economic Summit
-Call by the artisans for patronages and empowerment from the council.
-Call for improved security of lives and properties.
-Call for stiff measure against Dangote company’s Trailers and other heavy duty vehicles for allegedly damaging roads and causing traffic within the community.
-Call for the establishment of bigger motor garage
-Call on the Council to equally assist other schools with sets of drums.
-Call by the traditional religion practitioners on the Council to always extend hands of support to them during their festivals like they normally do for the Muslims and Christians.
Also at the programme, a set of drums was presented to Methodist Primary School,Igbogbo, by the Council Chairman, while bundles of exercise books were also donated to twelve (12) primary schools in the council.
The Chairman also touched the lives of 12 pupils by presenting them with new school uniforms at the programme and promised to provide more for others.
THE IMPACT, however, gathered that the 12 pupils were found in tattered uniforms during the chairman’s recent tour of public schools in the council.
Being The Text of Address Delivered By The Executive Chairman, Igbogbo/Bayeku Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Comrade Sesan Daini At 1st Stakeholders’ Meeting/Interactive Forum Held On Thursday, October 12, 2017
It is with great pleasure and honour that I address you at the auspicious event geared towards the development of our Local Council Development Area and by extension Lagos State. This maiden Stakeholders’ Meeting and Budget Interactive Session is crucial at this time to further reiterate the commitment of our administration in addressing the several challenges we face as people and to collectively fashion out a way forward in which each of us individually and collectively play our roles as citizens, community leaders, and government.
We are a government of the people and we value the input of our people in the administration of the council. We run an open door policy thus the highpoint of today’s event is to get direct inputs from you in developing an inclusive budget for 2018 fiscal year. We want you telling us your priorities and not what we think you need.
We are all aware that no meaningful development can be achieved in budget execution without adequate funding and in this regards, our administration is working relentlessly to increase our internally generated revenue (IGR) in other to balance revenue with the needs of our people. Our revenue generation drive is formulated on the tripod of Efficiency, Transparency and Accountability. Inline with this, we are working to establish and brand new revenue collection centres across the LCDA.
From January 2018, our revenue collection officers will wear their numbered uniforms so any revenue officer not dressed like this should not be attended to and can also be reported to the council via dedicated phone number we will release to the public soon. In the coming weeks, we will be implementing an electronic billing and payment system for the collection of levies, dues and charges. Still on revenue generation, we will be embarking on enumeration of all collectibles within the council with the intent of revenue projection and accountability.
As a government, the security of lives and properties of our people is a priority. I want to specially thank the good people of Igbogbo-Bayeku LCDA and our gallant security agencies for their efforts in curbing the crime rate within the council. We thank God for the uprooting of Badoo menace threatening the peaceful atmosphere of our council but we should not rest on our oars and sleep with our two eyes closed yet. In order to maintain peace and order, a new security formation is being set up within the council and more details will be made available as events unfold.
We have conceived and designed an “Igbogbo-Bayeku Development Plan” in tune with the State Government’s megacity masterplan. The Igbogbo-Bayeku Development Plan is currently undergoing intense scrutiny before it is presented to stakeholders for their inputs and thereafter presented to the public. The Developmental Plan has been phased into short, medium and long terms for ease of implementation and it was conceived to take Igbogbo-Bayeku LCDA to an enviable position amongst local councils in the state and the nation at large.
On the environmental situation within the council, it is important to state this clearly before our enforcement unit starts taking drastic actions henceforth. It is against the environmental laws and masterplan of Lagos State to erect structures on canals and wetland. Furthermore, encroachment into the road will not be tolerated and we are using this medium to call those found wanting to relocate and readjust now.
We will not tolerate the blocking of roads and parking of vehicles on the roads especially by Trailers (Dangote Trailers) for whatever reason as this act further worsen the traffic congestion within the metropolis. Street trading adds to the traffic congestion on our roads spurring us to give our existing markets face-lift or complete modernization. We are calling on road transport unions to charge their members to be law abiding and obey traffic rules.
Today, we are launching the Road Safety Corps Club in our primary schools to educate and orientate the pupils and by extension their parents on obeying traffic rules and road safety measures.
We are charging owners of unregistered street names to come for regularization and documentation of the street names with the council. We are also calling on registered street name owners to regularly renew their street names annually as and when due.
The Oba Molaja Ogunlewe Road is the gateway to the local council and it is becoming an eyesore. We are not comfortable with the outlook of the place now being the gateway to the council. We are urging you to do the needful before our enforcement unit will be deployed to arrest the situation.
On agriculture, we have plans for our farmers and one of them is partnering with companies to train and support them in the areas of fishery and piggery.
We believe health is wealth and the council can boast of four (4) Primary Health Centres at present. We are working to partner with National Primary Health Care Development Agency, State Health Board and Donor Agencies to garner donations towards equipping them for efficient service delivery.
On first day of resumption for the 2017/2018 academic session, I visited some schools and we identified some pupils with tattered uniforms and new uniforms will be presented to them today while a new drum set will be donated to Methodist Primary School. We are also distributing exercise books to our pupils today.
It is our plan to give the council secretariat a facelift. We are currently designing a new office building. The befitting new storey building when completed will house offices, hall, health clinic and other facilities for smooth and efficient administration of the council.
In our quest to put the council on global map in tune with e-governance drive, we are developing a befitting website to showcase our council to the world and to make government accessible online. A section of the website will be dedicated for the electronic billing and payment system earlier mentioned.
With an improved security and bustling socio-economic activities within the council, we now have a functional UBA ATM Gallery within the council secretariat. Furthermore, Sterling Bank Plc is constructing a branch opposite the council secretariat. With this development, our people do not have to go to Ikorodu Garage to do some banking transactions.
Ladies and gentlemen, the essence of today’s meeting is not roll out drums regarding what we have accomplished so far but to get direct inputs from you as we prepare 2018 budget.
We implore everyone to be law abiding, be security conscious, take care of the environment and always pay levies and rates.
Thank you and God bless you all.
Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko Lo’jewa Logun!!!
Comrade Daini Olusesan Mayokun,
Igbogbo Bayeku LCDA, Lagos
October 12, 2017
The Lagos State Government has announced plans to honour the late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, as the week-long activities marking his 79th posthumous birthday and the 20th anniversary of his death draw to a close.
In a statement issued on Thursday, October 12, 2017, by the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, the Government said the honour is in line with Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s commitment to promote art and tourism and to celebrate iconic figures in politics, economics and culture sectors who have contributed to the image and development of Lagos State.
According to the Commissioner, Ambode will on Sunday, October 15, 2017, unveil a statue in Fela’s memory at the Allen Roundabout in Ikeja.
The governor will also pay a visit to the Kalakuta Museum on Gbemisola Street, Ikeja where he will join family and Fela devotees in homage to the music icon.
The day will be rounded off with a Special Lagos Jump – a musical tribute to the man affectionately called “Abami Eda” – at the Afrika Shrine in Agidingi, Ikeja to draw the curtain on the 2017 edition of Felabration.
According to Ayorinde, “Fela did not only capture the global audience as a charismatic and energetic musician using Lagos as his base; he was revered for fighting against corruption and oppression even at the risk of imprisonment or death. His creativity, courage, passion and extraordinary ability to rise against the odds are trademarks of a true Lagosian”.
He added that it was in recognition of Fela’s contributions that Fela! The Broadway Musical Concert was staged at Eko Hotels in April 2017 as part of the celebration of Lagos at 50 and Lagos State also supported the London Edition of Felabration during the last Nottinghill Carnival.
The State Government also pointed out that the unveiling of the Fela statue at Allen Roundabout is in keeping with its commitment to promoting public monuments.
Echoing the words of Ambode during the commissioning of the Chief Obafemi Awolowo statue in September, Ayorinde said the State Government would continue to recognise the legacies of its heroes past and would continue to encourage artists to be involved in changing the State’s landscape through public art.
According to the Commissioner, “Fela is a global icon and one of the biggest success stories from Lagos. Monuments are erected across the State to remember the contributions of people like him to preserve their legacies and our history as a people.”
Standing at 25 feet and titled ‘Liberation’, the statue is done in fibreglass by artist Abolore Sobayo of Cowrie Studios as “an iconic legacy to celebrate Fela’s unique dress sense and style of salute
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