The seventh edition of annual Fela debate was held recently at NECA House Auditorium. The session was closely followed with musical concerts which is ongoing at African Shrine
The seventh edition of annual Fela Debate took place on the 12th October, 2015 at NECA House Auditorium in Alausa, Ikeja.
The debate which was proceeded by Senior Secondary School debate held 6th October, 2015 at Freedom Park, was moderated by former Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, African American activist and a singer, Sandra Izsadore, Executive Editor of the News Magazine, Kunle Ajibade, Legal Practitioner, Ayo Obe, The Chairman Of National Human Rights Commission, Prof. Chidi Anselm Odinkalu. Speaking at the debate titled: “Human Rights; As my Property” ,
Fela’s son-Femi Kuti explained the importance of the debate, saying that many gove r n m e n t p e o p l e w o u l d t h i n k immediately F e l a dies that i s t h e end of the game. “Fela’s name has gone bigger as his dead. We will never know the importance of this debate. We will never know what the debate are doing right now in our time may be in 10years in our time you see people start saying
“this debate enlightened me, this debate gave me wisdom and more knowledge to research into some issues”. We are brain-storming and we have been talking about relevance issues. The debate is very important for human mind”, Femi hinted.
According to Femi, there are so many young people that d o n ’ t know h i s – tory a n d h i s – t o r y has not b e e n taught in school today. “People just believe what Government tells them and called it history”.
According to Prof. Odinkalu, having property is a different thing and enjoying property is another on its own. “There are two tribes that matter in Nigeria which include the rich and the poor. Human Rights is not just property but it is also identity”.
Speaking further, Prof. Odinkalu appealed that the citizens should build a country that has value.
The debate was sponsored by TVC, Raddison Blu, Encomium, Notjustok.com, WAKA About Africa, PM News, Promasidor, Power Horse, Pepsi and 7up as major sponsor. Meanwhile, the debate has been followed with musical concerts which commenced 12th October to end on the 18th October, 2015 by 8pm daily at New African Shrine, Ikeja. World class artists such as Third World, London Afrobeat Collective and Newen Afrobeat Band are all part of the musical show.
Felabration is an annual festival that attracts thousands of guests as tourists and artists from all nooks and crannies of the world to African Shrine. It was conceived by the eldest child of Nigerian’s foremost iconic musician, late Fela Anikulapo Kuti to celebrate his life, music and otherwise for more than a decade now.
To some Felabration is a platform for young artists in the society to equally showcase their talent and it is also a festival of music
– Ebere Chibuzor