Afrika Shrine is an outdoor entertainment centre situated in Ikeja, the capital of Lagos State. It serves as the venue for Felabration Music Festival held every year. It was first established by the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti in the early 70’s. However, it was burnt down in 1977. A replacement was built and named ‘New Afrika Shrine’. The New Afrika Shrine is run by Femi and Yeni Anikulapo-Kuti – the children of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, and it showcases pictures of Fela as well as the music performances of the notable Femi Kuti and Seun Kuti. On the pillars of Afrika Shrine are the portraits of great African leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Thomas Sankara, Patrice Lumumba, Kwame Nkrumah, Malcolm X, Martin Luther and Olufunmilayo Ransom Kuti (Fela’s mother).
Best Time to Visit Afrika Shrine
Afrika Shrine is open at all times of the day. However, the best time to visit Afrika Shrine is at nights when the hustle and bustle of the day has been replaced with quiet and serene atmosphere. When Femi Kuti is in the country, he plays on Tuesdays and Thursdays (rehearsals) and Fridays and Sundays (concerts) to a house full of people.
How to get to Afrika Shrine
The New Afrika Shrine is located at Agindigbi, Ikeja- the capital city of Lagos State. It has three main gates (entry, exit and contigency).
The new Afrika Shrine is a haven to all Afro-beat lovers. Some of the things to do at the new Afrika Shrine include:
Admission into Afrika Shrine
Admission into Afrika Shrine is free on Thursdays. However, on Sundays the entrance is N500 for regular and N1000 for VIP.