Countdown to this year’s Felebration has begun with celebrities, including renowned authors and scholars indicating interest to be part of the annual music festival in memory of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti. The latest to join the growing list of guests at the 2019 Felabration are Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Sefi Atta.
The week-long event, scheduled for 14th to 20th October at the New Afrika Shrine, Ikeja, will also be graced by the Ugandan pop star-turned-politician Bobi Wine, the British rapper and activist Akala, and the law professor Akin Oyebode.
Established in 1998 by Yeni Anikulapo-Kuti, one of Fela’s daughters, Felabration is held to coincide with the late Afrobeat pioneer’s birthday on 15 October. The 2019 theme, “From Lagos with Love,” is derived from Fela’s song “Eko Ile.”
Before the main event holding in October, organizers have lined up other activities as part of the build-up to the main event. These activities include an Afrobics Dance Competition on 21 September. The competition espouses the ideals of afrobeat dance, which has been described as the origin of what is today called the twerk. There is also an art competition on 28 September with the team “Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense,” a title of one of the legend’s hit tunes, and a secondary schools debate on October 9, the theme of the debate is ‘Should Persons Above 70 Years of Age Be Allowed To Vie For Political Office?’.