For most people, a library stores only books, but OOPL is an intriguingly complex setting – a national monument, a one-stop tourists’ destination
Strategically located, the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) has the luxury of being at the intersection of the two major roads that lead into the Abeokuta city-centre; the Presidential Boulevard and the long stretching MKO Abiola Way, named after the presumed winner of the 1993 presidential election and business mogul, Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola.While the Boulevard leads to Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub, the second leads to Ibadan, once the largest city in West Africa and the political capital of Southwestern Nigeria. OOPL is unique as the first Presidential library outside of the United States of America.
The Presidential Library is primarily a historic, touristic, recreational and academic centre which aims at preserving the past, capturing the present, inspiring the future, projecting culture and promoting tourism through its various tourist attractions which include:
1.The Museum: Designed by Ralph Applebaum Associates, the world’s largest museum exhibition design firm, the museum tells the story of Nigeria before 1960, President Obasanjo’s humble beginnings, his career achievements as a soldier, a military Head of State, a 2-term civilian President, a farmer, family man, and his present position as an elder statesman and a mediator.
2. Arrival Pavilion: It houses an exhibition titled ‘Symbols of Authority’. Here, tourists will get to see so many artefacts including relics of the Nigerian civil war and the vehicle that conveyed President Obasanjo to and from prison
3.The Green Legacy Resort: A 4-star guest house with 153 rooms, guest chalets and a honeymoon suite, it also has standard swimming pools for adults and children, a gymnasium and beauty spa for steam baths, sauna and body massage. The Resort has special packages for different classes of clientele.
4. The Wildlife Park: A conservation centre and Zoo which has a collection of exotic animals like Lions, Spotted & Stripped Hyenas, Crocodiles, Snakes, Monkeys, Ostriches and lots more. On the grounds of the Park is an Archaeological Site that suggests that hunters and food gatherers inhabited the area thousands of years ago.
5. Rounda Fun Spot: it is an Amusement Park with outdoor and indoor games facilities for the entire family entertainment. It also serves as a spot for group leisure meetings, birthday parties and lots more.
6. Adire and African Fabrics Centre: “Adire” simply means Tie & Dye. It is an African batik that is indigenous to the Egba people here in Abeokuta. The Adire and African Fabrics Centre takes advantage of Abeokuta’s reputation for excellence in tie & dye techniques. Also on display are Kente, Tiv, Aso Oke, and fabrics from other parts of the country and African continent.
7. Other attractions within OOPL are, The Amphitheatre, designed for cultural dances and stage performances; the Bamboo Grove, Rock of Inspiration, the Squash Court, Five-aside Football Pitch, the Cultural village, Senior Citizens Centre, a 1000 seating-capacity Auditorium for conferences and seminars, an Event Centre for parties and an artificial Lake for water fun lovers.
8. The Presidential Library also has a standard Cinema hall for movie lovers, and two Faith Centres – the Chapel of Christ the Glorious King and the Baytu Salaam Mosque.
OOPL is also home to the Institute for African Culture and International Understanding (IACIU), a UNESCO-Category 2 institute and the Centre for Human Security and Dialogue (CHSD), a Waste Recycling Plant as well as a proposed Biomedical Centre.
OOPL is truly a unique tourists’ destination in Africa waiting to be explored!
With seasoned Tour Guides and friendly support staff across all units, a visit will sure be a remarkable and enjoyable one. And repeat visits will become expedient because additional facilities come up every quarter.
Since its formal opening on March 4, 2017, OOPL has been visited by A-listed personalities and agencies like:
Former President of Liberia – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Former President of South Africa – Thabo Mbeki
Former President of Ghana – John Kuffour
Former President of Nigeria – Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
Former Head of State of Nigeria – General Abdulsalam Abubakar
Vice President of Nigeria – Professor Yemi Osibanjo
Former UN Secretary General – Koffi Anan
British Prince – Michael of Kent
Ogun state Governor – Senator Ibikunle Amosun among others
Your too can be celebrated like them. Book a tour of the Presidential Library for any day of the week from 9am-5pm Mondays to Saturday and 10am on Sundays by phone on +234 – 809 723 0000; +234 – 809 724 0000 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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