Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode believes the contributions of late Fela Anikulapokuti to the growth and development of music in Nigeria will never be forgotten.
The former Accountant General of the state was on hand to unveil Fela’s statue at the Ikeja Roundabout on Sunday and also to celebrate his 79th post-humous birthday.
Ambode described the impacts of the great ‘Abami eda’ as a man with the zeal to reposition the country through sound music.
“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.