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Culture, Collaboration, and Craftsmanship

Shakara x Lemi Ghariokwu

At Bature Brewery, we pride ourselves on blending tradition with innovation to create exceptional craft beer experiences. Our recent collaboration with Nigeria's pioneering craft brewery has been a testament to this ethos, as we embarked on a journey to celebrate the vibrant heritage of West Africa while amplifying the burgeoning craft beer movement in the region. 


Our goal was ambitious yet clear: to honor the legacy of Afrobeat icon Fela Kuti and showcase Nigeria's rich cultural heritage through a unique craft beer offering. We aimed to create a product that not only tasted exceptional but also resonated deeply with the spirit of Afrobeat and the colorful culture of Nigeria.


We found our inspiration in the visionary artist Lemi Ghariokwu, known for his iconic album artworks for Fela Kuti. Collaborating closely with Lemi, we set out to craft a beer that would pay homage to Fela Kuti's enduring legacy while capturing the essence of Nigerian culture. The result was "Shakara," a vibrant brew infused with the popular Nigerian botanical zobo, boasting a striking pink hue and tantalizing notes of strawberry and pomegranate.

But our collaboration didn't stop at brewing exceptional beer. We also worked with Lemi Ghariokwu to design Bature Brewery's innovative new beer, Shakara, and develop a visual identity for Felabration 2023, an annual music and art festival honoring Fela Kuti in Lagos. This holistic approach ensured that every aspect of our project celebrated Nigerian heritage and the profound influence of Fela Kuti's music.


The unveiling of Shakara at Felabration 2023 marked a significant milestone for Bature Brewery. Not only did we introduce a unique and delicious craft beer to the market, but we also elevated our brand's story, identity, and ethos. Shakara symbolizes the enduring legacy of Fela Kuti and enhances Lagos' status as a cultural hub, resonating with the spirit of Afrobeat.

Through our collaboration with Lemi Ghariokwu, we've showcased the transformative power of art and culture in the West African craft beer industry. By celebrating Nigerian heritage and engaging with the vibrant artistry of Lemi, we've expanded Bature Brewery's reach and deepened our connection with our audience. This project serves as a vibrant testament to the unifying potential of art, culture, and craft, highlighting the impact of thoughtful, culturally aligned collaborations in preserving and celebrating the unique cultural identity of the region.


At Bature Brewery, our collaboration with Nigeria's pioneering craft brewery and the visionary artist Lemi Ghariokwu has been a journey of innovation, creativity, and celebration. Through Shakara, we've not only crafted an exceptional beer but also paid homage to the vibrant heritage of West Africa and honored the legacy of Fela Kuti. As we continue to explore new horizons in craft beer innovation, we remain committed to celebrating Nigerian culture and heritage, one sip at a time.

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