By Glam & Essence
The first event of the 2019 Felabration, the Afrobics Dance Competition, is scheduled on Saturday, September 21, at the New Afrika Shrine, Ikeja, Lagos.
Judges are Funke Kuti, Liadi Adedayo, Segun Adefila, Jahman Anikulapo and Kunle Kuti.
Tagged “From Lagos With Lagos”, this edition of the festival will host different activities from September 21 to October 20, across Lagos and other cities of the world.
On September 28, Kalakuta Museum will host the Artwork Competition viewing and cocktail while the Secondary Schools Debate will hold at the Freedom Park, Lagos on October 9.
On October 14, the Fela Debates: Symposium will hold at NECA Hall, Ikeja; and on the same day, the music concerts will commence at the New Afrika Shrine and last till October 20.
Over 400 Nigerian and foreign artistes have indicated interest to perform at the event.
Fela Anikulapo Kuti, a musician and multi-instrumentalist, was born to Reverend Oludotun and Mrs. Funmilayo Ransome Kuti in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on October 15, 1938. He used his music to address societal ills and was a victim of oppression by the military regime who harassed him frequently and jailed him many times. Seeking emancipation of the Black Race, Fela canvassed a better social, economic and political future for Africa. He died on August 2, 1997 in Lagos from HIV complications as announced by his late elder brother and former Minister of Health, Dr. Olikoye Ransome Kuti.
Felabration was founded by his daughter, Yeni Kuti, as an annual festival to honour the ideals that Fela stood for.