Love him or hate him, there is no gainsaying that former President Olusegun Obasanjo is an icon particularly in the political history of Nigeria. Established in 2017, the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library is a tourist and academic center that houses historic documents and materials used by former President Obasanjo.
Visiting this library and museum helped me gain perspective and appreciate his contributions to the political history of Nigeria.
Here are a few reasons why you should visit Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library:
1. The library/museum is massive and magnificent. It houses millions of interesting documents, books, and artifacts that represent significant events in the history of Nigeria and Africa. It displays a rich visual representation of these events which makes it a truly educative and rewarding experience.
2. The Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library serves as a research center for anyone interested in learning about the history of Nigerian politics, the African Union, the life of former President Obasanjo – from his humble beginnings to his military career, and then politics. You will also discover his contributions to the government and people of Nigeria.
3. You would appreciate the storytelling and detailed collation of data over the years, particularly in the era where access to technology was limited. It also includes documentation of his time in prison and a replica of his prison cell and items he used while in prison. I was in awe.
4. A section in the museum is dedicated to the late First Lady, Stella Obasanjo. It exhibits some of her valued possession as well as an account of her time as the First Lady.
5. The presidential museum is the first of its kind in Africa. It contains a vast wealth of knowledge and experiences yet to be seen in Africa. It is worthwhile.
6. Olusegun Obasanjo is an avid writer. His books can be purchased at the books and souvenir shop next to the library.
Note Before You Visit:
The Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library is located next to the Green Legacy Resort on the Presidential Boulevard Way, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Photos are restricted inside the library/museum.
The library opens daily between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. It is closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
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We paid NGN3000 (approximately $7 as of October 2020) per person for the guided tour of the arrival pavilion and the library/museum.
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