Rooftop Terrace of The Kalakuta Museum, Lagos Nigeria
LIFESTYLE,  Travel

A VISIT TO THE KALAKUTA MUSEUM (FELA’S HOUSE). WORTH IT OR NOT?

I’ve decided to take life one day at a time irrespective of what it throws at me, and also go for what I want as a side piece, but ensure my peace of mind stays supreme, thanks to my awesome instagram followers! I love to explore places and been itching for a tour, opportunity presented itself when I had a mini-holiday and Busayo put out a tour request on her instastory and as you know, your girl jumped on the train. I haven’t really been in a museum except primary and secondary school excursions to Badagry count, so I was excited to go on this tour, especially since it has to do with the great legend – Fela.

On the scheduled day, I got to meet Biba and Busayo and together, we experienced the The Kalakuta Republic Museum.

Kalakuta Republic Museum, Lagos, Nigeria

The Kalakuta Museum – former home and recording studio to Fela, his family and band members in the 1970s, is now a museum which is run by one of his sons, Kunle Kuti, showcases personal effects, recording studio, prints and grave of the great legend. The name “Kalakuta” is an imitation of the prison cell “Calcutta” inhabited by the Legend during his time in jail. The museum is located at No. 7, Gbemisola street off Toyin street, Allen Avenue, Ikeja.

                                      WHAT WENT DOWN:

Overview of the Museum

We paid 1,000 naira each for the tour. The tour takes less than 10 minutes, but because we had to take pictures, it took longer. Each picture was explained to us, we saw his bedroom, recording studio, personal effects, bathroom of Fela and also a gift shop that sells Fela branded merchandise. The place is quite restrictive – you can’t touch the walls, go into Fela’s room (you can only view through a glass) and touch some of the effects. Light went off when we were still on tour and it wasn’t restored, maybe because we were the only tourists but I heard someone else complain about no light throughout her own tour. So, hopefully you get lucky as us or luckier 🙂

A Visit to The Kalakuta Museum (Fela's Home)
A Collage of Fela’s bedroom
A visit to the Kalakuta Museum by MonnWalker - A Nigerian Fashion, Travel and Lifestyle Blogger in Lagos,
Fela’s shoes
A visit to the Kalakuta Museum by MonnWalker - A Nigerian Fashion, Travel and Lifestyle Blogger in Lagos,
Fela’s personal effects – Trumpet, Fur coat and Pant

 

A visit to the Kalakuta Museum (Fela's House) by MonnWalker - A Nigerian Fashion, Travel and Lifestyle Blogger in Lagos, Nigeria

After the tour, we settled to relaxing and taking pictures at the rooftop terrace. The rooftop has a nice ambiance and makes for a good hangout spot, also acts a bar.

TBH,

The tour wasn’t worth my money, because there wasn’t anything special in it except if you are a fanatic of the Legend, you might get a hang of it, but overall it was bland. 500Naira is a good price for what I experienced and not 1,000 Naira. The rooftop terrace makes  quite a compensation though not much is being sold there just drinks and maybe roadside plantain chips and groundnut.

A visit to the Kalakuta Museum by MonnWalker - A Nigerian Fashion, Travel and Lifestyle Blogger in Lagos,

TIPS

  • Go with a cool gang because they make it exciting and worthwhile, trust me!
With Busayo of theblackunicornn.blogspot.com
A visit to the Kalakuta Museum by MonnWalker - A Nigerian Fashion, Travel and Lifestyle Blogger in Lagos,
With Biba of royalbiba.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Busayo and Biba made the tour interesting, with the jokes, blogger behaviour (we are all bloggers,) and Busayo and I taught Biba how to do the Shaku Shaku dance with the music provided at the rooftop terrace.

  • Go casual, no need for heels. A T-shirt and jeans with slides is just fine.

What to wear to a museum

The place isn’t big and has a casual setting and you know what they say about be in Rome….

 

Grave of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, the Afrobeat Legend
Grave of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti

Will I go again? Maybe, but not for the tour. Yh, I might not be their target customer, but it’s quite sad that there is nothing much that it offers except seeing some things read of him on the internet in physical appearance.

Words by Fela
Wise Words of the Great legend

 

Have you ever been to a Museum? What was your experience? Also, what do you expect when you visit a museum?

 

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