A hyena at the OOPL wild life park, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Abeokuta, Ogun state
Hyenas: Extinct Elsewhere, Multiplying at OOPL

The Striped Hyena and the Brown Hyena are considered “Near Threatened” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which maintains a “Red List” of at-risk and extinct species around the world. But at the OOPL Wildlife Park, the Hyenas procreate seamlessly, giving hope to the survival of their species.

OOPL had in 2015 brought in 2 hyenas – a male and a female which have now reproduced thrice. Today, the Wildlife Park at the OOPL have eight spotted and striped hyenas altogether.

“We keep them safe here. But for the initial issues with one that devoured its offspring, we have managed them very well here and they are multiplying in number”, Damilare Ajayi noted during the naming ceremony of lions and animals last November at the Park.

Both Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and a former Head of Service, Afolabi Oladapo adopted and named two cub lions Aremu and Ade respectively, the Deputy Chief coordinator, Mr Ayodele Aderinwale adopted a cub Spotted Hyena.

About 47,000 spotted hyenas live in sub-Saharan Africa. They suffer all forms of persecution as other hyenas but have fared better due to their ability to adapt to life in proximity to humans.

The spotted hyena is doing well enough to be considered of “Least Concern” by IUCN, but its population is also declining, primarily due to habitat loss.

The striped hyena roams a very large, patchy range stretching from northern Africa through the Middle East to India. Biologists estimate that only 5,000 to 14,000 individuals exist today in the wild.

According to the IUCN, major reasons for the animals’ decline include persecution (especially poisoning) by humans, decreasing sources of carrion due to declines in the populations of other large carnivores (wolves, cheetahs, leopards, lions and tigers) and their prey, and changes in livestock practices.

“Humans are consistently indicated as the major source of mortality…largely because the hyena is loathed as a grave robber, and because of incidents of damage to agriculture…and livestock,” reports the IUCN. Also taking a toll is illegal hunting for striped hyena skins and body parts for use in traditional medicine.

The IUCN reports that negative attitudes toward hyenas prevail across South Africa and elsewhere, with many ranchers and farmers shooting, poisoning, trapping and hunting them with dogs.

The OOPL Wildlife Park is the part of the presidential library which houses over one hundred and forty indigenous and exotic animals including hyenas, lions, pythons, baboons, horses, and several species of birds. It was set up to encourage wildlife conservation, educate the general public, promote tourism and also support research.

The Wildlife Park used the occasion of its opening to launch its Animal Adoption Programme aimed at recruiting individual and corporate partners who will support the Park in providing the financial resources for the preservation and care of animals that are on the brink of extinction as a result of increased human activities.

Partners in the programme stand to enjoy a number of enviable benefits which are in four tiers: Keeper, Guardian, Friend, and Family. At family level, adopters can come to the park with two family members to see the animals. They can have pictures and souvenirs. Animals are named after adopters, and plaques are made in their honour.

Forming the highpoint of the event was the naming ceremony of three newly born animals; a lion cub, a hyena cub and a foal. School children from Abeokuta and other guests at the occasion enjoyed the privilege of choosing names for animals.

The daily entry fee to the Park, which now opens daily from 9am to 6pm, is N500.

2017: OOPL’s Golden Year – OBJ

The year 2017 has been described as the golden Year for the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library.

According to the Chief Promoter, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, the first major achievement of the year was the Library’s formal commissioning on March 4.

At the grand opening ceremonies were leaders from across Africa, members of the British royalty and the diplomatic corps, state governors, Nigerian royal fathers, cultural apparatchiks, captains of industry, top government functionaries and members of the parliament.

That made the Library now accessible to the public, “bringing out the beauty and the magnificence of twelve years of planning, fund-raising, consultation, building and construction and installations”.

While “works of improvement, enhancement, innovation and additions continue on subsidiaries that have earlier been opened such as the Adire, the Village, the Church, Bamboo Park, the Rounda, the Marque, the Amphitheatre, the Workshop, the Green Legacy Resort and the Arrival Pavilion”, he observed.

With commencement of operations and the relocation of administrative staff to the main Library, four of the Chalets, which hitherto served as staff offices are currently being used as:

  • Tour Booking Office
  • Chief Promoter’s Reception,
  • Staff Club
  • Security Base
  • Other innovations have been completed, including the cleaning of the lake which has started functioning for boat rides (see story on boat cruise).

The Coffee Shop at the Arrival Pavilion is now operational and the whole of the Arrival Pavilion has been fully integrated with the base building as one unit joined by the Bailey bridge.

One of the newest developments is the Hydropower Generation Demonstration Project and water reticulation expected to serve the OOPL’s 32,196,198 square-metre complex.

A beautiful view of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Ogun State
OOPL: A Rich Land of Symphony, Contrasts

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.

A view of Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta

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

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Students on a tour of the museum at the Olusegun Obasanjo Library in Abeokuta

Arising from the just concluded International Museum Day celebrations, the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) has advocated the introduction of Museum Education into the Curriculum of Nigerian Schools.

This was among many other recommendations made by the expert speakers and panelists who made presentations at the occasion. The idea of Museum Education is such that recognizes the important role museums play in the preservation and transmission of knowledge products, that is, the histories and cultures of a nation from generation to generations. The survival of any society rests on the power of continuity and the ability of one generation to take learnings from the past to impact the present and to shape the future. Museums, as repositories of cultural and historical artifacts and archival materials, should therefore take the lead in this all important socialization responsibility.

Relentlessly striving to actualise its mission of preserving the past, capturing the present and inspiring the future, OOPL is continually devising means of using its museum to educating its audiences, particularly the youths in order not only familiarize them with their heritage, but also to empower them to be self-sufficient citizens and future leaders.

As a thought leader in this direction, OOPL has developed a two-pronged museum education programme for schools and other interested individuals or organisations. Christened the OOPL Museum Educational Services, the programme is designed to serve schools in two different ways:

  1. Schools visit the OOPL Museum
  2. The OOPL Museum visits schools

Attendance at the youth Governance Dialogue in OOPL Abeokuta

The Youth Governance Dialogue is designed as a Youth-adult learning platform for young people to engage the experiences of older and past political office holders, distilling from their philosophies and overriding principles on how to effectively engage the governance process.

The first edition of the event was a huge success which heralded the Youth Governance Dialogue into the ‘Not too Young to run Initiative’

One of the major lessons learnt from this event is, “If you don’t stand for something, you fall for anything” – Olusegun Obasanjo

For event Recommendations, Lecture Notes and Others Click Here

Students on the Bailey bridge, arriving at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta

The 18th of May 2017 was designated by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) as International Museum Day, a day set aside for  museums and cultural institutions to highlight and reflect on their impact in the society.

The theme for this year’s celebrations was Museums and contested history: Saying the unspeakable in museums. According to ICOM, the intent is to encourage museums to play an active role in peacefully addressing traumatic histories globally.

As part of the activities marking this day, OOPL joined the global community of museums and cultural institutions by organising a one-day symposium and exhibition on The Nigerian Civil War: Looking Backwards, Looking Forward.The event included a special exhibition of archives and artefacts from the civil war and participants from primary, secondary and tertiary education.