Don’t just travel out of the country if you are a tourist or fun seeker looking for where to enjoy this year’s yuletide. There are many museums and galleries all over the country waiting to host you.
Nigeria has many museums, tourism site and historical centre waiting for you. A good way to learn about the country is to visit these museums. Here are some of the museums where tourists can enjoy the best of this season.
Esie Museum, Ilorin
One of the museums worth exploring is the Kwara state town of Esie, known for its ancient legendry museum called Esie museum. In fact, Esiemuseum , fondly called House of Images, which is home of the world-famous Esie soap stone statuettes, is the oldest museum in Nigeria. Esiemuseum was opened in 1945, whereas Jos museum, the first national museum in the country, was launched in 1952.
Interesting, National museum Jos, inarguably Nigeria’s largest museum complex, has since morphed into one of the most visited repositories in this country. One of Jos museum’s biggest crowd pullers is the national zoo located near the transport gallery, one of the many bays of this compound museum complex. Other galleries of Jos museum complex include the Tin Mining Gallery, the Museum of Traditional Nigerian Architecture (MOTNA) and pottery gallery.
National Museum Benin is also a must-visit destination because it offers displays of hundreds of historical and anthropological relevant artefacts on three floors. Opened in the early 1970s during the leadership of the then Governor Samuel Ogbemudia, National Museum Benin is one of the most important repositories in Nigeria.
Talking about savouring the sight of the museum as well as the national monument in one goes, a visit to National Museum Calabar inside the Old Residency area offers the same kick. National Museum Calabar is for countless tourists that have been there one of the best repositories in Nigeria’s Canan City is located near the Calabar Marina, and the visitor should also look in at the Slave Trade Museum inside the Marina Resort Complex, which stands a walking distance away.
National Museum Ife
Although National Museum Ife was opened in 1954, the museum was actually established in 1948. But despite being one of the oldest such institution in the country, the museum was virtually moribund for years. Ile Ife, or simply Ife, is an archaeologist’s heaven, given the countless pieces of antiquity that have literally floated to the surface there. Aside relics of the exquisite state of art and craft in ancient Ile Ife, the settlement also boast numerous monuments and sites
Seven of these monument sites includes, Lafogido Grove, Olokun Grove, Olu Orogbo, Ooni Ilare, Opa Oranmiyan, Saint David Potsherd (SDP) Pavement and Yemoo Grove are under the care of National Museum Ife. The staff (Opa) of Oranmiyan stands inside Oranmiyan Shrine in Moopa in the Aribidiend of town. Opa Oranmiyan stands roughly 16 feet in height and oral tradition has it thatOranmiyan, widely held as grandson of Oduduwawas a very powerful warrior, and he founded the empire of Oyo.
The tourist, where possible, is also advised to see the National Museum in Delta State port settlement of Koko. National Museum Koko, officially called Nanna Living History Museum, is located in the port settlement of Koko in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State.
The repository is a specialised museum, dedicated to the memory of Nanna, the Itsekiri King, who was dethroned by British colonial authorities and subsequently sent into exile in Ghana. Nanna’s grandparent hailed from Jakpa, where Chief Nanna Olomo was born in 1840. Nanna Olomo subsequently founded new town, Eborohimi, where Nanna, the Itsekiri King, was born. National Museum Koko is housed inside the Palace of the late Nanna King of the Itsekiri. In fact, the palace is also a National Monument, which means the visitor to Nanna Living History Museum can literarily kill two birds with one stone. S
Lagos, Nigeria’s Centre of Excellence boast of a National Museum at Onikan in Lagos Island. Opened in 1957, National Museum Onikan is another must-see destination because of its collection and proximity to other places of interest. National Museum Onikan Lagos is adjacent to City Mall and stand almost opposite the Muson (Musical Society of Nigeria) complex.
National War Musem
The National War Museum in Umuahia, Abia State Capital, is Nigeria’s oldest war museum. Popularly known by the acronym NAWAM, the National War Musem is located in Ebite Amafor Isingwu, Off Uzuakoli Road, in the Abia State Capital. Although NAWAM was commissioned on 15 January, 1985, by the then Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters, Major-General Tunde Idiagbon, former Defence Minister, Lieutenant General Domkat Bali, launched the museum four years later, on 14 September 1989.
The museum covers a sprawling land area of about 30 by 30 meters with the open air gallery among other repositories. It also houses the famous Ojukwu bunker where the late Biafran leader conducted most of his cabinet during the Nigerian civil war.
If you are a lover of extreme sport or power bike riding, then the place to be this season is Calabar, where over 500 power bikers from around the world would strut their stuff in the ancient city onDecember 27.
The bikers’ show which is one of the new offerings to the festival calendar by Governor Ben Ayade, is drawing bikers across the country and neighbouring countries such as Ghana, Togo and Benin Republic.
According to the event organisers, route to be covered by the bikers is Mary Slessor to Effio-Ette Junction.
The bikers are expected to thrill revelers with various stunt and displays. There will also be competition among the bikers for various categories such as the Most Beautiful Bike, the Loudest Bike, Biker Queen of the Year and Young Biker of the Year.
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