All hail Saxophonist Baba Ani, Fela’s band manager [Photos]

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Saxophonist Lekan Animashaun, popularly known as Baba Ani who just clocked 85 years of age, was celebrated by his friends and family at an event in Igando, Lagos on Thursday.

The series of events lined up to celebrate him started on Sunday, 15 August, at the Freedom Park, followed by a symposium organised by Jahman Anikulapo and CORA team.

The two topics discussed were “Nigeria’s Socio-Political and economic challenges: Way out of the logjam” and “Music as a weapon for socio-political development”.

The discussants were Debo Adeniran, Anti-corruption advocate, Afolabi Gbajumo, civil society activist, Professor Dele Seteolu, Department of political science, LASU, Lanre Arogundade, civil society activist, Babajide Kolade Otitoju, TV journalist and Seun Olota, culture advocate.

Baba Ani also launched a foundation that will assist upcoming musicians.

Some members of Fela’s Egypt 80 band were also in attendance.

Ambassador Ayoola Olukanni, former High Commissioner of Nigeria to Australia was the chairman of the event.

See photos below:

Family members and friends of Baba Ani joined him on stage to cut his birthday cake. Photo by Ayodele Efunla
Baba Ani and Mr Benson Idonije, both managed Fela's Egypt 80 band. Photo by Ayodele Efunla
Baba Ani and Mr Benson Idonije, both managed Fela’s Egypt 80 band. Photo by Ayodele Efunla
Duro Ikujenyo, Baba Ani and Oyinlade Adeniran, band members of the late Fela’s Egypt 80
Mr and Mrs Benson Idonije, grandparents of the Grammy award winner Burnaboy also came to celebrate with Baba Ani(the longest-serving band manager). Photo by Ayodele Efunla
Ambassador Ayoola Olukanni, former High Commissioner of Nigeria to Australia speaking at the event. Photo by Ayodele Efunla.
Ambassador Ayoola Olukanni, former High Commissioner of Nigeria to Australia speaking at the event. Photo by Ayodele Efunla.
Family members and friends of Baba Ani at the event. Photo by Ayodele Efunla
Family members and friends of Baba Ani at the event. Photo by Ayodele Efunla
Baba Ani while unveiling his plans for the next generation of musical artists at his 85th birthday celebration held in Lagos.  Photo by Ayodele Efunla
Baba Ani while unveiling his plans for the next generation of musical artists at his 85th birthday celebration held in Lagos. Photo by Ayodele Efunla
L-R Babajide Kolade Otitoju, speaking at the event. Photo by Ayodele Efunla
L-R Babajide Kolade Otitoju, speaking at the event. Photo by Ayodele Efunla
Jahman Anikulapo,Baba Ani and Babajide Kolade Otitoju
Jahman Anikulapo,Baba Ani and Babajide Kolade Otitoju

 

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