The collection in this category are record materials of unique, and original source relating to the early life; genealogy, education, and family of the former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
Also, in this collection is a peep into his achievements and legacy. Included also, are photographs depicting Olusegun Obasanjo as “The Man”.
The aspect of this collection comprise the military career path of General Olusegun Obasanjo as a soldier from his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant, and initial posting to the 5th Battalion Nigerian Army.
His role in the 1st Field Engineer Squadron, Kaduna and the Army Headquarters, the 2nd Area Command before assigned the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3rd Marine Commando Division during the Nigeria Civil War; appointments and subsequently the Head of State of the Federal Military Government of Nigeria. Within this category you will discover the various reforms, and transformation programs to his handover to the Civilian Government in 1980.
All records in this collection ranged from President Olusegun Obasanjo’s two-term presidency from 29th May, 1999 to 29th May, 2007. Comprising these records are documented activities of President Olusegun Obasanjo from when he aspired for the Office of President and elected president.
Making up this collection are the varied records generated in the Office of the President cum Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C), the Legislatures (i.e., National Assembly); Federal Ministries; Federal Boards and Agencies; National Commissions and Research Institutes; the Nigerian Armed Forces; The Nigeria Police Force and Para-Military Agencies, State Governments and their Agencies; International and Regional Agencies; Speeches and Addresses; National Honors and Awards, the Traditional and Religious Institutions.
The Digital E-library in the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library has started gaining ground in Nigeria in the recent decades. Its mission is to link the past and the present by integrating emerging information technologies, in order to capture and help inspire the future through preserving the records of the life and times of the former president.
Given the fact that we are heading towards an environment in which digital information may substitute for much print-based information, our mission is unlikely to change in the near future because a lot of attention is presently given to research.
The archival collections/holdings as identified in the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Archives (OOPLA), ranged in the categories from print records (i.e. non-bonded and bonded paper records), photographic, audio and visual record materials (these category of record materials varied from pictures, phonographs, Compact Disc, microfilms, cassette tapes, and film reels).
These record materials put together, formed the types and nature of archival collections/holdings in the OOPLA.