The Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) is described as “a historic, touristic, recreational and academic centre, which is regarded as a national archive and a place for the preservation of presidential documents and historical items associated with the office and person of President Olusegun Obasanjo.”
Located in the former president’s hometown of Abeokuta, Ogun State, the complex is also facilitated and owned by him. It stretches across 32 hectares of land (about 40 soccer pitches) and is made up of a number of buildings and facilities including the main library building, an amphitheatre, auditoriums, a bookshop, an amusement park, a wildlife park and a guest house among others. The Library itself features a museum and boasts Of 15 million documents, two million books and 4,000 Artifacts, some of which feature essential events in the Nigerian history and modern African history
According to the Library’s official brochure; ‘’At a more local level the Library will teach children and young adults the essential concepts of leadership and citizenship through the example of a former president. By upholding the critical worth of good governance, the exhibitions should inspire future leaders of Nigeria.”
Here’s a look at some of the buildings on the complex grounds captured through the lens of Mr. Ayo Akinwande.
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