Ogun converts Kuti’s family house to museum

Ogun State government has begun the conversion of the family home of Ransome-Kuti at Imo in Abeokuta, the state capital, into a museum.

The renovation work has started on the one storey building located behind the old Abeokuta Grammar School, Oke-Igbein, to immortalize the family.

Governor Ibikunle Amosun announced the project, while conducting the information, culture and tourism minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed round the building.

Members of the Ransome-Kuti’s Family, including late Mrs Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, the first Nigerian woman to ride a car once lived with her husband, Reverend Israel Oludotun Ransome-Kuti and her children, in the building.

Her children, include former health minister, Professor Olikoye Ransome-Kuti, an activist, Doctor Beko Ransome-Kuti, and music legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, all of them now late.

The governor told the visiting minister that the conversion of the building into a museum, will be completed by next year, when the eightieth post-humous birthday of late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti will hold.

He said, “The Kuti family is one of those illustrious families that conquered the world, not only in Ogun State or Abeokuta or Nigeria. Indeed, sometimes when I was away in the United States and I took a taxi, I heard a lot of Fela’s music.

“We are going to have museum for all of them. It is not just the Kuti Family. We have Hubert Ogunde, Ebenezer Obe and others. This is just one of those things we are going to do and we are happy that next year, people will be using this museum because we would have commissioned it.”

Earlier, the minister said the federal government will support the museum project to boost the nation’s tourism.

He said, “It is laudable in the sense that this is one of the most positive steps to actually put our rhetoric into action. We’ve always said that one of the important assets we have is our cultural heritage, our history and this project which is going to immortalise Kuti’s family, I think its very laudable and admirable.
 
“The Kuti family, as you know, they represent different things to different people, either you talk about education; emancipation; music; entertainment; therefore, this attempt by the government immortalising the family by preserving and restoring the ancestral home of the great family, I think it is very commendable.
 
“This is the period we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the death of the maestro himself and I am sure this is within time to be commissioned very soon, probably next year or thereabout.
 
“The emphasis of this government whether state or federal is that creative industry must turn to creative economy and I think this center is going to be a good model to encourage and inspire the youths.”

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