Fela would have been 100 on October 15, 2038 and the government of the day is plotting to borrow from his huge cultural capital to win the 2039 general elections. Seeing the success of turning Her Majesty’s Prison into Freedom Park, they commissioned Fela Memorial Force HQ to replace the autocratic Kam Selem Force HQ standing in Obalende. The relationship between the Police and the People has reached an all-time low and the government has this final chance before 2039 to clear a huge trust deficit between the State and the Nation.
In collaboration with the Design Party and Freedom Park Lagos, Baba Oladeji will be exhibiting new works for his first campaign titled “Fela Memorial Force HQ”.
This exhibition of utopia curated by Kola Olajide makes a triple simultaneous visual journey. First, the conceptual part from the Police Force to the People Force. Second, is physical part: the Kam Selem Force HQ to the proposed Fela Memorial Force HQ cited to replace the former. Lastly, it connects with a social event: the family-led Felabration event to a state-led Felabration event. These entwined journeys are to be exhibited as agitprop in 10 futuristic images.
The exhibition opening night will feature a talk titled “Nigeria by Design” by Dapo Akintunde, Director of IVIXI and author of “The Next 50: Advancement by Design”. Femi Falana, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Fela’s lawyer and Partner, Falana & Falana will also be delivering the Campaign Lecture “A Leftist Police Force” via progress in the Administration of Criminal Justice.
The general public especially lawyers, architects, politicians, artists and students are invited to see this exhibition.
Opening Night: Friday, 4th March, 2016 5pm.
Exhibition days: Saturday 5th – Sunday 6th March 2016.
Time: 10am – 9m / 7pm – 9pm.
The exhibition is free, however for proper planning please reserve a seat to attend the opening and closing events. Register here on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fela-memorial-force-hq-tickets-21518209544?aff=browse.
Alternatively: Call 01 293 2775 or Email: [email protected] to get an invite.
ABOUT BABA OLADEJI
Baba Oladeji is a non-partisan, design-led politician who although trained as an architect in Nigeria and England now leads the Design Party company.
In 2009, Baba had a brief stint as an intern in the practice of Ayo Onajide RIBA FNIA before going on to create DWSeries: a design-led alternative education system for students in search of a creative core. From 2010 – 2013, he directed 15 practice-led teaching workshops involving Lagbaja, Omoyemi Akerele, Tunde Kelani, Kelechi Amadi-Obi, Kiki Kamanu, Eghosa Imasuen, David Aradeon NNOM and a myriad of others.
From 2015, Baba began to actively explore architecture as the methodology for politics within the frame of pragmatism and utopia. Fela Memorial Force HQ (2038) in nodal Obalende is the first project of this exploration. His conviction is that architecture in Nigeria and perhaps Africa needs to zoom out of the narrow definition of building and/or city to the big picture of policymaking to effect desired social progress. As Leader of the Design Party, his mission is to build the mind and body of Nigeria by postponing built architecture for mind-building campaigns (also known as exhibitions).