Distressed History;Wole Soyinka,Obi of Ontisha Moves In To Save Historical Landmarks.

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In the morning of January 29th 2015, Prof Wole Soyinka and HRM Alfred Achebe (The Obi of Onitsha) jointly visited the former National Archives on Broad Street to witness the level of negligence and decay that has pervaded the historic resource centre.

This came days after the piece about the dying and crumbling state of Nigeria Amalgamation building in Ikot Abasi went online,consciousness efforts are now springing up to save what is left of historical pieces in Nigeria.

Renowned Architect and art lover Mr Theo Lawson who transformed the long-abandoned HMG’s prison in the center of colonial Lagos Island into Freedom Park, perhaps the most active center of cultural production in the city today brings the urgent matter to  the attention of Professor Wole Soyinka and the Obi of Onitsha,,both men great historians and lovers of culture and history.

Prof Wole Soyinka and HRM Alfred Achebe (The Obi of Onitsha

Prof Wole Soyinka and HRM Alfred Achebe (The Obi of Onitsha

The men took a walk down to the building for a physical inspection only to see the pitiful state of what is left of some of the oldest historical building in Lagos history, Ironically, this building is only a few minutes’ walk down the road to the office of CBAAC, the government agency responsible for the custody of the collection evidencing the civilization of the entire black world, donated by over 50 countries during the FESTAC-1977

A consciousness move is in place to get the Federal government attention to this worrisome situation and having order restored.Its high time we starting making moves to save our history and legacy as a nation

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Side view of the former National Archives on Broad street Lagos

Side view of the former National Archives on Broad street Lagos

HRM The Obi of Onitsha,Mr Theo Lawson and Prof Wole Soyinka

HRM The Obi of Onitsha,Mr Theo Lawson and Prof Wole Soyinka

What is left of the  former National Archives on Broad street Lagos

What is left of the former National Archives on Broad street Lagos

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Taking that walk for National restoration of historical sites.

Taking that walk for National restoration of historical sites.

 Picture Credits:TOJ Concepts for  ASIRI.

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