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Ikenne Residence of Chief Obafemi Awolowo

The Ikenne Residence of Chief Obafemi Awolowo represents the hometown of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo. The structure is located in Ikenne, Ogun state, south west Nigeria. The remains of Obafemi and Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo(HID) were buried in this compound.[1][2][3]

The compound consists of a Mausoleum where they were buried. The Museum harbored some of his personal effects, which are displayed for tourism. As part of the museum is the Mecedes Benze used in 1979 and 1983 campaign for his political ambition. The Efunyela hall was built in the memory of his late mother chief (mrs) Efunyela Awolowo. The hall is used for reception of visitors and for hosting major functions. It also has a worship sanctuary called the Embassy of the most high. The building also has a library called Sopolu Library built in remembrance of his late father.

BackgroundEdit

The buildings and all the structures in Awo's compound represent the hometown of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, where he lived before his death.[4]

One of the structures in the compound is Efunyela Hall which was commissioned in the year 1979 in memory of his late mother, Chief (Mrs) Efunyela Awolowo.[5] The hall serves as reception and hosting of family functions. The compound also hosts a museum with a figure of old eight sitter Mercedes Benze used in 1979 and 1983 for his political campaign. The car was purchased in the year 1970. Aside the car are some other valuable items of memorial importance which include honorary academic gowns from University of Cape Town , University of Ibadan and University of Lagos and also the Awo’s Cap.[5] The museum was built on 4 August 1989.[6]

Photo gallery of late Chief Obafemi Awolowo ResidenceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Akinwunmi, Taylor. "FG to give HID Awolowo state burial". Today. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Ibekwe, Nicholas. "How HID Awolowo died". Premium Times. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Olatunji, Daud. "Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo: Buried in grand style". Vanguard. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  4. ^ The Editor. "HID Awolowo (6) Inside Awolowo’s Ikenne compound". Encomium. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Debo, Oladimeji. "Nigeria: Obafemi Awolowo Inside the Late Sage's Ikenne Home". All Africa. Guardian. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  6. ^ Debo, Oladimeji. "Nigeria: Obafemi Awolowo - Inside the Late Sage's Ikenne Home". All Africa. Guardian. Retrieved 27 October 2016.