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FELABRATION2017…. Press Conference

Posted by Jahman Anikulapo on Wednesday, August 2, 2017

“I am a conservative lawyer, a pastor and Intellectual…. Some may ask, what is a decent guy like me doing with Fela….? Fact is, Fela represents a bridge between our collective anger, corrupt political class and a retarded intellectual class… So, you cannot ignore Fela….” — paraphrasing the Ag.President Yemi Osinbajo in a clip (from 2010 FELABRATION lecture) that features in a documentary that will mark part of the FELABRATION 2017.

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FELABRATION 2017 GETS BIGGER AND BETTER

*PARTNERS WITH LAGOS STATE AND TRACE TV

*20 YEARS SINCE FELA’S PROPHECY AND HIS PASSING AND NOT MUCH HAS CHANGED

Lagos State is 50 years this year, Festac was 40 years ago and Fela Anikulapo Kuti joined the ancestors 20 years ago. That year, the world watched as almost a million people trekked with Fela’s remains from TBS to his resting place at Kalakuta. Yet Fela lives, he lives in many of us through his music, his felasophy, his activism and his charm. We must continue to keep his memory and message alive and that is what Felabration is about.

This year’s theme is ‘The Prophecy’ as it was foretold by our ‘Chief Priest’, Black President, Original Sufferhead, Fela long ago..”suffering and smiling”, “no bread…no light…no water”. The official theme song is “Pansa Pansa”!

To mark the 20 years, Felabration is bigger and better; Join us to give a befitting global celebration to the true African hero. Dates are October 9-15. We expect to entertain and engage over 250,000 people this year with over 30 events in 20
Some of the key highlights are listed below and we are excited to announce that we will give updates every few weeks leading up to the Festival.

Lagos State participation and support – Lagos has supported Felabration in the last but this year, His Excellency, The Executive Governor and the entire State Government has stepped up to officially recognize Fela’s iconic status and legacy.

-Tourist package – We are in the final phases of organizing a Tour package to capitalize on the power of Fela’s celebrity to benefit the local economy. The package will help Fela fans across the world travel to Lagos for Felabration. We will make more announcements about this in the coming weeks with Lagos State.

-Crowd funding – As Felabration continues to evolve and modernize, we are leveraging on technology to offer Fela fans across the world the chance to get involved by contributing.

-Trace TV partnership – The FOC has partnered with Trace to raise the profile of Felabration and the Tour package on their channels in 160 countries across Africa and beyond. Trace is also producing a new Felabration documentary. The FOC and Trace will have more announcements in the coming weeks.

“Fela is the single most important foundation for Nigerian and African music and social movement. His life, music and message have paved the way for creatives over the last five decades and it is our honor to partner to celebrate and remember the legacy and “The Prophecy!” Said Sam Onyemelukwe, Managing Director, Trace Nigeria.

-Island and Abuja concerts – For the first time ever, we will be holding crowning versions of Felabration on the Island and Abuja this October with details to be announced before the end of the month.

We have licensed Felabration events are being planned in Europe, the US, Asia, other parts of Africa and Nigeria.
Secondary Schools Debate Competition- Topic; African History; Curriculum Necessity or Not. Participating schools are Dowen College (last year winner), Cayley College Kings College, Vivian Fowler. Apata Memorial College, Vettland College, Oke odo Senior Secondary school, Wesley Girls Senior Secondary school, Ogudu Senior Secondary School, Epe Girls Senior Secondary School.

Felabration is now listed on Fest300.

New Felabration events include the Felabration Artwork competition in which entries from as far as Japan and France have been received. The winning entries will be displayed throughout Felabration.

Felabration Afrobics Dance Competition. Date of entry to the competition closed on the 31st of July 2017 and qualifying rounds will take place in September 2017. The winners will perform at Felabration.

There’ are plans for a Dress Like Fela Day during Felabration and details will be announced soon.

Authorized merchandise dealers will make their products available during Felabration. There’s a plan to live stream F17 and more details will follow.

Other Features – The Symposium: “40years after Festac, 20years after Fela; wither the Pan African dream?” Keynote speaker: Prof. Patrice L.O. Lumumba (Kenya), celebrated speaker on African issues. School debates and a street carnival will be announced shortly.

Felabration 2017 will feature in the Notting hill carnival and in many cities around the World.

Visit www.felabration.net for more information*

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