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AfroArtBeat: From The Dance Floor To The Shop Floor

"World renowned album artwork illustrator, Lemi Ghariokwu, proudly presents this exhibition in commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the passing of Afrobeat icon, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.

Lemi was responsible for bringing Fela’s passionate words to life through his vivid album artwork, creating 26 album sleeves in total.

More than his illustrator, Lemi was Fela’s personal friend. Spending countless hours with The Man over the years, they forged a telepathic relationship that allowed Lemi to see what Fela was saying and thus, capture it on album sleeves for the world to also see.

This exhibition is a celebration of some of those iconic works of art, as well as an oral narration of both his time with Abami Eda and his journey creating his masterpieces.

The event will feature:

  • Original iconic Fela Album cover designs.
  • Original Artwork by Lemi Ghariokwu.
  • An intimate talk with Lemi about his artwork and relationship with Fela.
  • Documentary Screenings.
  • Tribute to Fela the Icon – Special Performances in music, poetry and spoken word, with open mic.
  • Original Fela Vinyl for Sale.

Responsible for 26 Fela album sleeves, Lemi has also lent his talents to the legendary Bob Marley, Lucky Dube, Miriam Makeba, Gilles Peterson and Osita Osadebe to name a few. Starting in the early 80s, he was the consulting album cover designer for Polygram Records in Nigeria for 11 years. This is why in 2004, The Observer Music Magazine, UK, dubbed him "King of Covers."

Fela Anikulapo-Kuti remains one of the world’s most revered artists and Lemi Ghariokwu is the artist who knew him most."

The exhibition: 3b Isiola Oyekan Close, Victoria Island, Lagos; 3pm-7pm The conversation: The Artisan, 14b Onifowoshe Street, Off Adeola Odeku, Victoria Island Lagos; 6pm to 10pm.


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