Felabration 2024 Unveils Theme Inspired By Fela Kuti’s Iconic Song ‘Look And Laugh’


In a welcome announcement, the Felabration Organising Committee has unveiled ‘Look and Laugh’ as the theme for Felabration 2024.


‘Look and Laugh,’ originally released by Fela Kuti in 1980 as part of his album ‘Coffin for Head of State,’ holds a special place in the hearts of many fans, as it remains a true and derisive reflection of the various faces of modern-day corruption. The lyrics subtly condemn self-serving actions and satirically calls on listeners to open their eyes to the truth and act against oppression.


Yeni Kuti, Head of the Felabration Organising Committee, expressed her excitement for this year’s theme, stating:

“With ‘Look and Laugh,’ we honour Fela’s legacy by embracing his message of resilience and expression. In a country grappling with record levels of inflation, currency devaluation, and rising food and fuel prices, this year’s theme takes on renewed significance. Felabration 2024 aims to ignite conversations, provoke reflection, and inspire action, carrying forward Fela’s legacy of social consciousness and innovation through entertainment.”


Felabration, the annual celebration of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s life, music, and legacy, has long been a cultural touchpoint for music enthusiasts, activists, artists, and fans worldwide. Each year, the festival serves as a rallying point to commemorate Fela’s enduring impact on music, politics, and culture.


The unveiling of the logo and theme marks the beginning of the journey towards October’s festival, promising an enriching experience for attendees.


Drawing from the success of the Festival’s expanded format in recent years, Felabration 2024 will feature staple activities like ‘The Fela Debates’, Afrobics Dance Competition, Secondary School Debate, Art Competition, the Dress Fela Fashion Competition, and the 7-day Music concert.


The festival is slated to run from Monday, 14 October to Sunday, 20 October 2024.


For more information on this year’s festival, visit the Felabration website