The government of Ogun State in alliance with the Federal Government, has announced a plan to immortalise the popular Ransome-Kuti family by turning their ancestral home in Abeokuta to a museum.
The indication was given on Wednesday, October 25, by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, when he visited the house located on NEPA Road, Isabo, Abeokuta, in company with Governor Ibikunle Amosun.
According to him, the museum would be known as the Heritage Museum.
The minister lauded the initiative with, pledging to partner the state government in making the project a reality. He added that it would be a model for inspiration to the youth.
“It is laudable in the sense that this is one of the most positive steps to actually put our rhetorics into action.
“We have always said that one of the important assets we have is our cultural heritage, our history and this project, which is going to immortalise the Ransome-Kuti family, is laudable and admirable.
“The family, as you know, represent different things to different people, whether you talk about education, emancipation, music or entertainment.
“Therefore, this attempt by the government at immortalising the family by preserving and restoring the ancestral home 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, as the museum will be inaugurated very soon, probably next year.
“The emphasis of this government, whether state or federal, is that the creative industry must be turned into creative economy and this centre is going to be a good model to encourage and inspire the youth.”
Senator Amosun guaranteed that he will convey the task soon, including that Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s family added to establishing the framework for what he called a more prominent Ogun State .
Talking further, he likewise guaranteed to develop historical centers for different famous children and little girls of the state keeping in mind the end goal to safeguard their legacy.
He stated, “Every one of our symbols have an uncommon place in our organization. These are the general population who characterize us, when we go out there and say we are from Ogun State.
“We can’t call ourselves who we say we are without those goliaths who lived before us. They established the framework that we are on the whole expanding upon.
“What’s more, obviously, the Kuti family is one of those celebrated families that vanquished the world, not just Ogun Sate or Abeokuta or Nigeria. For sure, now and again when I am away in the US and I take a taxi, the music I hear is that of extraordinary Fela himself.
“Fela was a long ways comparatively radical. For us, it will be to our greatest advantage to tell individuals his birthplace, his root.”