Coronavirus: Afrika Shrine Halts Regular Programming

 

The Management of the New Africa Shrine has halted its regular programming as the country and the world at large continues to take precautionary measures against the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Femi, the son of the late afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, took to social media on Wednesday to make the announcement.

He also advised everyone to stay safe, noting that they will continue to monitor the situation before reverting to regular programming.


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COVID-19: FG Confirms Five New Cases In Nigeria


 

As of Wednesday, March 18, the Federal Government announced that five new cases had been confirmed, bringing the total of infected persons in Nigeria to eight.

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire confirmed the cases during a press briefing on Wednesday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He explained that among the five new cases, three arrived from the United States while two came from the United Kingdom.

“We are still collating information on the travellers; two out of the three from the US are Nigerian, a mother and a 6-week old baby which makes it the youngest COVID-19 patient we have,” Ehanire said.

Consequently, the Federal Government has issued a travel ban on 13 countries over the pandemic.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha made the announcement at a media briefing on Wednesday.

The affected countries are the United States of America, the United Kingdom,  China, Japan, Iran, Switzerland, Norway, Netherland, France, South Korea, Germany, Italy and Spain.

43 Arrested Over Illegal Activities In Lagos

 

43 persons have been arrested in connection with some illegal activities in the Ikeja area of Lagos.

Head, Public Affairs Unit of the Lagos State Task Force, Adebayo Taofiq confirmed this in a statement on Sunday.

According to the statement, the arrest was made after operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce) raided all streets within Central Business District including surroundings of the Afrika Shrine, Alausa, Ikeja, over the weekend.

Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi was also quoted to have said that the enforcement operations became imperative following complaints from members of the public about the activities of miscreants constituting a nuisance, as well as illegal street traders around the Shrine.

“The night enforcement operation was carried out on all roads around Afrika Shrine where hard drugs like Tramadol, Codeine, Skunk, Weed, Illegal Mixed Liquor, Assorted Food and all sorts of consumable and non-consumable items are freely sold on the streets in defiance of security agencies and government authority,” he said.

 

 

According to the statement, one of the arrested persons, Tunde Babalola who was caught with a bag of substance suspected to be Indian hemp confirmed that he had been selling hard drugs for eight years, particularly around the Afrika Shrine.

He further explained that dealing in hard drugs has been a lucrative business because he realised an average profit of between N60,000 and N100,000 weekly from customers around the Obalende, Akala, Mushin, Bariga and Ikeja areas.

Another arrested trader who identified herself as Mrs. Abike Adeyemi was also said to have disclosed that she pays N1,900 every week to a representative of the Ikeja Local Government from the sales of ‘Skuchies’ and ‘Hot drinks’ around the ‘African Shrine’.

CSP Egbeyemi therefore, stated that the enforcement operations will be a continuous exercise in line with the vision of the present administration to rid the state of criminals.

“The Lagos State Government has vowed to sustain the security onslaught on all areas identified as criminal hideouts and hard drug outlets across the State, especially within the metropolis,” he said.

Also according to him, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Zubairu Muazu has directed that all those arrested should be immediately prosecuted.

My Eldest Son Prompted Me To Visit Nigeria – Seal

British-Nigerian singer seal says his 14-year-old son influenced his decision to visit Nigeria after 40 years.

The multi-grammy award winning singer who came quietly to Nigeria late last week spoke with Channels Television about his motivation when he visited the Afrika Shrine.

“I came with my eldest son Henry, I came with him originally because he said to me, ‘Dad I want to see why I look the way I do and why you look the way you do’,” Seal said.

“So, after not being here for 40 years it was my son who prompted me to bring him back to the country where he’s from, he wanted to see his root.”

Having decided to grant his son’s wish, in Nigeria, Seal decided to visit Afrika Shrine. Late afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti was one of his late father’s favourite artistes of all time.

He was hosted at the Shrine by Femi Kuti, who he called his brother.

The Kiss From A Rose singer praised Femi for his hospitality, describing his visit to the shrine as an ’emotional experience’ and ‘the most enjoyable day’ so far.

“I was born in England and my father is obviously a Yoruba man. His favourite artiste, he used to play all the time when I was a kid, was Femi’s father.

The fact that, at 55, I am now able to come back with my son to be hosted by my brother (Femi) is an emotional experience. It is something I would never forget and, of equal importance, my son would never forget.”

British Singer, Seal Visits Afrika Shrine

A British singer, Seal, on Thursday visited the new Afrika Shrine in Ikeja, Lagos.

The multi-grammy award winning singer also met with the son of the legendary Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Femi.

Photos of the visit were shared on social media by Femi Kuti on his official Twitter handle, @femiakuti.

Femi said the British music artist not only visiting but also working on a performance in Lagos.

Yeni Kuti, Femi’s sister, also shared the pictures.

Seal, was born in London to a Nigerian mother and Brazilian father with the name Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel.

See photos of his visit to Afrika Shrine below…

French President Macron Praises Fela, African Culture At Afrika Shrine

French President Macron Praises Fela, African Culture At Afrika Shrine
French President Emmanuel Macron wants more young people to emulate the late Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti

 

French President Emmanuel Macron has hailed Nigerian Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, the African culture and the resilience of Africans.

Macron who visited the Afrika Shrine on Tuesday night said the Afrobeat legend was more than a musician and called on those present to emulate him.

“Referring to your father, he was not just a musician. He was, as well, a politician. That is the whole meaning,” Macron told Fela’s children and others at the venue.

“He was a politician because he wanted to change the society. So, if I have just one message for young people here in the Shrine tonight: (it’s) yes, politics is important. Yes, be involved.”

 


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The French President had arrived at the Shrine from Abuja where he held talks with President Muhammadu Buhari about terrorism, the economy and other issues affecting the country and African continent.

When he arrived at the Shrine, Macron quickly switched into a less formal mood, taking off his suit jacket and tie before announcing the launch of the African Cultural Season and having fun at the live show.

Iconic afrobeat star and Fela’s eldest son Femi Kuti thrilled Macron and other guests with a live performance at the Shrine with the support of fellow African music heavyweights Angelique Kidjo and Youssou N’dour.

Beyond praising African culture, Macron was delighted to be back in Nigeria where served as an intern with the French embassy in 2002. During that stint in Nigeria, Macron had visited the Shrine.

“I’m very happy to be here with you tonight,” he said of his return to the “iconic” venue.

“I discovered Nigeria and a lot of my friends are here. I discovered Nigeria and I discovered Lagos and I discovered the shrine.

“This place is an iconic place and it is a place where the best of music is given. I have to say my main memories about this place are friends, proud people, proud of their culture, proud of their art and music. I have a very different view of Africa than a lot of other people in Europe.”

He called on Nigerians and Africans to “build a new common narrative” on the continent and to continue to move forward.

“You have to recognise the bad and negative pages of this history, but you have to move forward,” he said.

Macron Has Fun At Afrika Shrine With Femi, Angelique Kidjo, Ambode, Others

 

When news filtered in that French President Emmanuel Macron would visit Nigeria on Tuesday, one aspect of his visit dominated the headlines.

The French President would be spending some time at the legendary Afrika Shrine in Lagos.

True to expectations, after dispensing with formal Presidential duties with a visit to the Presidential Villa in Abuja where he held talks with President Muhammadu Buhari, the French President flew to Lagos.

At the Shrine, music, history, and culture blended together with a presidential touch to ensure a night of fun.

Macron (who swiftly dispensed with his suit and rolled up his sleeves upon arrival), Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and many others were thrilled by the iconic Femi Kuti with other African music heavyweights such as Angelique Kidjo and Youssou N’dour.

See photos from the fun night below:

 

Femi Kuti Releases First Video In Over A Decade

Afro-beat maestro Femi Kuti has finally released the video for his hit single “The World is Changing”, his first since Beng Beng Beng.

His album set for release, titled “No Place For My Dream”, is directed towards corruption and injustice in several parts of Africa, particularly Nigeria.

Femi formed the Positive Force in  1986 and has since created his own movement, which is not far from that of his late legendary father Fela Kuti, who was very radical in the fight against corruption.

Fela lives on….fifteen years after

Today marks the fifteenth death anniversary of late Afro-beat King, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

The week long Felabration ceremony to celebrate the icon kicks off today with the Thursday Rehearsal Blast at the The New Afrika Shrine with a special performance by Femi Kuti.

Born Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti, on the 15th of October, 1938, the artist was popularly known as Fela Kuti, and during and after his lifetime, emerged as one of Africa’s greatest musician and performer.

The Afro-beat legend, whose legacy continues to live on, passed away on the 2nd of August, 1997 and was announced dead by his brother the former Health Minister, Professor Olikoye Ransome-Kuti, citing HIV/AIDS as the cause of death.

Fela formed the Kalakuta Republic and also set up a nightclub in the Empire Hotel, named the Afro-Spot and later re-named Afrika Shrine, where he performed regularly.

His genre of music; Afrobeat, is a complex fusion of Jazz, Ghanaian/Nigerian High-life, and traditional West African chants and rhythms.

He mostly sang in Pidgin English but he also performed a few songs in his native Yoruba language and English language.

Fela was also an instrumentalist playing saxophone and keyboards to his rich Afro-beat lyrics. He also played the trumpet, electric guitar, and occasionally beats the drum.

Fela was an avid supporter of human rights and many of his songs were directly critical of corruption in government and against dictatorships across Africa. He was also very critical of the military governments in Nigeria in the 1970s and 1980s.

As a traditionalist, Fela  was also very critical of African elite for betraying traditional African culture.