Fela Kuti And The Kalakuta Queens in South Africa

7-day Celebration of African Entertainment and Culture

A week in April brought Nigerians and South Africans together to explore the arts and music of the prophet and Abàmì Ẹ̀dá; Fela Kuti. He was a foremost Nigerian Afrobeat musician and social critic who died on the 2nd of August 1997.

The musical, called Fela And The Kalakuta Queens chronicles the events within Fela’s Kalakuta Republic, his home. Prominent in the stage performance is the unique fashion, dance and of course the intrigues amongst the 27 wives whom Fela married in a day! You can read a review of the musical from CNN and IOL. Bolanle Austen Peters is the brain behind this musical and the woman changing the face of theatre production in Nigeria.

Watch Fela And The Kalakuta Queens on YouTube

At the Pretoria State Theatre, the venue for the event, we captured some moments for you which you can view via the YouTube link below.

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Night life at Iyana Ipaja, Lagos

Welcome to the city that never sleeps. No wonder they say the life of the Lagosian is on the road!

This is Ọjà Alẹ́ (Night Market) and it is 10pm at Iyana Ipaja Bus Stop in Lagos State. I am here for fresh Ofio (tigernuts) and dates from Mallam Musa.

Iyana Ipaja in Yorùbá language means ‘the junction to Ipaja road’. Iyana Ipaja is a settlement community and also doubles as one of the busiest commercial hubs on Lagos mainland.

Nigeria – Lagos summer travel checklist

Nigeria travel tips

Nigeria is an interesting and unique country that everyone should travel to at least once in their lifetime. In this article, I will take you through what you need to pack when you are traveling there.

If you are a first-time traveler to Nigeria, please ensure that you read the entire article. I wrote this article with you in mind.

First-time traveler to Nigeria?

Although I live in Johannesburg, I was born and bred in Nigeria so I am confident that the tips in this article will help you.

Nigeria’s weather and climate

Nigeria has two basic weather seasons; dry and wet seasons.
This is typical of most tropical countries. The dry season is winter and it starts in November and ends in March. In contrast, summer is a rainy season in Nigeria; it starts in April and ends in October.

Nigeria and tourists

The weather in Nigeria is generally hot throughout the year. However, there are varying weather temperatures. The hottest month in Lagos, Nigeria is February with temperatures averaging 28°C. In contrast, July is the city’s coldest month with an average temperature of 24°C.

What you should pack for the trip

Considering the predominantly hot climate in Nigeria, it is important to plan ahead before visiting Nigeria. You should aim to dress for comfort and convenience.

Below is a list of items to travel with and tips to bear in mind while packing your travel suitcase.

Tackle the heat with sunglasses, hat, umbrella, sunscreen, wipes, and a water bottle.

  • I recommend that you pack polarized sunglasses with a UV filter. The sun’s rays can be hazardous to your eyes so you should protect yourself.
  • Pack a broad-brimmed hat to keep your hair, skin, and eyes cool. You will need to cover up because the sun’s ray can be unbearably hot in Lagos, Nigeria.
  • Pack a small fold up travel sun umbrella to shade you from the sun. Come rain or shine, you will be covered.
  • I find wet wipes to be very useful in weather conditions associated with dust and sweat. They come really handy for neatly cleaning out your face and palms.
  • Sunscreen prevents sunburn, skin cancer, and skin irritation. Protect your skin by adding sunscreen to your traveling bag.
  • Nigeria is hot. Therefore you will need to stay hydrated. You should pack a water bottle and buy bottled water from reputable stores when outdoor. 

Unfortunately, most taps are dry in Nigeria. Moreover, the water from most government taps is not suitable for human consumption. Therefore, drinking directly from the government taps is risky.

The state of water in Nigeria
Nigeria weather

Cotton. Cotton. Cotton.

  • Cotton underwear absorbs your body’s sweat. That is because Cotton is a natural fiber that significantly helps to prevent sweat. Lightweight cotton underwear is breathable and will ensure the flow of air around your bikini area.
  • Ensure that the swimwear that you pack has cotton linings. The swimwear will come in handy on days when you want to soak in your hotel’s swimming pool or at any of the popular Lagos beaches.

Similar to Durban, Lagos is a coastal city with several beaches.

Nigeria - Lagos beach
  • Cotton socks will help contain the sweat from your feet and prevent that stinky foot smell we all dislike. This will also help when you are visiting religious or cultural centers where it is compulsory for you to take off your shoes e.g. churches, mosques, and monarch’s palaces.

Nail clippers, open toe shoes, jackets and boots

  • Pack nail clippers. In hot weather conditions, your toenails can be a breeding spot for germs, cut your nails as often as possible.
  • Ensure that you pack open toe shoes i.e. sandals or flip-flops (Nigerians call them slippers). They are comfortable, convenient and easy to wear in the heat.

It is commonplace to experience sudden weather changes. The weather can change from been hot to cold. In situations such as these, you will need a jersey, sweater or jacket.

Side note: Due to the heat, air conditioners are popular features in homes, offices, and cars in Nigeria.

  • Bonus Tip: Wear your heaviest shoes or boots when flying. It lightens your luggage load.

Related Article: Thinking of leaving Nigeria for South Africa, read this first.