French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, visited the New Afrika Shrine, home of legendary Nigerian musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Macron’s visit comes after he visited President Buhari in Abuja also on July 3, 2018. He was accompanied to the shrine by Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode. On getting to the Shrine, the French president was welcomed by son of Fela and musician in his own right, Femi Kuti as well as his sister Yeni.
Yemi Alade, Ara, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Charlotte Dipanda and Femi Kuti also graced the stage. Also in attendance were African music legends Youssou N’dour and Angelique Kidjo.
He was then treated to a display from top contemporary Nigerian artists Ndidi Emefiele, Abraham Onoriode Oghobase and Victor Ehikhamenor. Celebrity stylist Jane Michael Ekanem and fashion designers Ituen Basi and Mai Atafo also showcased their latest designs.
He was also presented with a drawing of himself by 11-year-old artist Kareem Waris Olamilekan who drew him under two hours. He was then taken on a tour of the shrine by Femi Anikulapo Kuti. A bevy of Nollywood stars including Ramsey Nouah, Joke Silva, Jide Kosoko, Yomi Fash Lanso, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Rita Dominic, Dakore Akande, Kemi Lala Akindoju, Chief Zebrudayya and director Kunle Afolayan also made a short sketch to the delight of President Macron and others present.