Afrika Shrine is a cultural and heritage site known for entertainment in this part of the world. There was more fun in the shrine when Nigerian-born world boxing heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua was received by its chief priest, Femi Kuti. It was a night not to be forgotten for the British boxer who has been seen around in his father’s land in recent week.
Afro-beat legend, Fela Kuti holds the shrine in high esteem in his lifetime. It is a place for lovers of fun in the busy city of Lagos as Fela Kuti entertains his audiences with classics. Kalakuta Republic where ‘Abami Eda’ resides has since been renovated to form the Fela Afrikan shrine. It has since hosted the annual Felabration (Fela Kuti’s remembrance on stage by musicians) and has hosted many public figures among which is French President, Emmanuel Macron.
Afrika Shrine latest visitor
The latest visitor is Anthony Oluwafemi Joshua, the boxer showed up at the shrine with his four boxing titles (belt). He was received by a large crowd and the shrine’s principal landlord, Fela-Kuti’s 57-year-old son, Femi Kuti.
Anthony Joshua has really toured the country this past week. He got his National Identity card as a Nigerian citizen and also visited his hometown of Sagamu, Ogun state where he was received by the town’s monarch and chiefs in the palace. Pictures of the world boxing champion’s activities has since flooded the internet.
In his visit to the Afrika shrine, the boxing champion was seen prostrating for its chief priest, in the typical Yoruba tradition of greeting elders. Grammy award nominee, Femi Kuti who is the successor to Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s Afrobeat is 27 years older than the 30-year-old Joshua.
One of the highlights of the visit was when Joshua presented his four belts to Femi Kuti. The saxophonists then unexpectedly wore one of the belts on his neck. The duo then enjoyed the night as they were seen smiling and chatting.