It is hard to think of Fela’s Shrine without thinking of marijuana and protest music.
But it appears French leader Emmanuel Macron doesn’t really mind as he becomes the first President to step into the night club founded by Nigerian Afropop legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
Meanwhile, Macron won’t pass as a stranger in Nigeria. He trained as a senior civil servant at the French Embassy in Lagos in 2004, seven years after Fela died.
The Afrika Shrine located in the heart of Lagos district of Ikeja replaced Fela Kuti’s original club that burnt down in 1977, but for millions of fans it still represents the original Shrine built by the social activist.
“The Shrine is a must-see place,” said Olivier Laouchez, the head of TRACE media and entertainment group and organiser of the event Macron will attend, adding that Lagos is “Africa’s cultural capital”.
The evening will feature concerts, fashion shows by leading African designers and a meeting with stars from Nigeria’s booming Nollywood film industry.
Macron, who is visiting the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott to attend an African Union summit on Sunday, will go to Abuja for talks with President Muhammadu Buhari on security and terrorism, before coming to Lagos, reports AFP.