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Nigeria News: Lagos state government shuts down African’s shrine

The Lagos State Government, Nigeria has shut down the new Africa Shrine, managed by Femi Kuti, son of the later Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti

A letter from Lagos authorities dated Monday, accused the Shrine of breaching the state’s environmental laws citing “noise nuisance, illegal street trading, indiscriminate parking, blocking of access roads and obstruction of traffic.”

Yeni Kuti, a dancer and the eldest child of Fela Kuti, who co-manages the club with Femi, said the state government gave the Kuti family 48 hours “to abate the nuisance and restore the land to a conducive environment” but closed the club less than 24 hours after the delivery of the letter.

“I’m shocked, indignant. They dropped the note on Monday evening and the next day at 9:00 a.m. they had closed the place,” she told AFP.

Fela Aikulapo Kuti died of AIDS on August 2, 1997.