The shrine is not a place of worship, it is a sacred place – Femi Kuti’s son Made explains

Fela Kuti is a very well known prodigy and legend in Nigeria. His music, political activism and personality traits endeared so many people in past and present generations to him. His legendary status is enhanced by the fact his offspring has continued to tread on the path he left behind. One of the legacies left behind by Fela which has been preserved by his lineage is the shrine established by Fela Kuti which is located in Ikeji, Lagos. This place which have acted as a stage to several artists and bands is now called New Afrika Shrine. In an interview with Made Kuti, the son of Femi Kuti who is one of the sons of the late legend and the manager of the shrine, it was uncovered and to clear the air surrounding some prevalent myths about the Ikeja based building. According to Made, he has heard several unfounded opinions about the shrine both in Nigeria and in London where he schooled. Many people assume that the place is a traditional worship centre where human sacrifices are made and offered to unknown gods. Given that the shrine has been a home for Made all his life, he was able to refute the claims and give a thorough definition of what the shrine really is. This was prompted by a question asked by an interviewer: “Describe your childhood to us. Is it true you grew up in the shrine?” “Growing up in the shrine, it was normal. I can’t tell the difference because I didn’t know the difference [between home and the shrine]. My first shock of the shrine was the stigma it had when I started going to high school. I have heard some crazy stuff. People think we sacrifice people at the shrine. I have heard that we kill people in broad daylight and worship them with gods or something; I think it’s a stupid rumour. I have heard some really bad things. To me it’s home. I know[…]

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