In the past, I visited the mosque but I never entered. For some strange reasons, I just thought non-Muslims were not allowed to enter, not to even think of entry for tourist purposes.
Anyway, we explored the mosque and boyyyyy... I lost my breath countless times. It was some fine piece of art. Definitely one of the iconic religious buildings in Nigeria.
The women and men worship in the same building but separately. Infact, their entrances are also different. While the men enter from the front of the building, the women go through the side and climb upsides.
Let me not 'talk the story finish' before you get the opportunity to see pictures :). Now let's get down below.
We arrived during congregational prayers and had to wait for a few minutes. The staff ushered us into the board room at the administrative building where we were undoubtedly entertained informatively by a senior member. He was extremely witty and we laughed away as we learnt about the mosque from inception to date. When the prayers ended, we were led into the mosque.
The board room
The hallway to the Board room
Hasana (a colleague) and I
The group with a representative from the mosque
The Ajala Bug admiring the mosque which dominates the skylines
Entrance into the mosque
Outside the mosque
As we approached the building, we saw the golden dome in all its splendour. The magnificent building had Arabic calligraphy inscribed on it and then, there was the entrance door. The obvious entrance door in front of the building is for the men.
The front and entrance for the men
The side and entrance for the women
The Interior upstairs. This is the prayer area for the women
The Interior. Below is the prayer area for the men
Apparently, the Federal Government of Nigeria gave both Christians and Muslims a start up capital of N10m or so, to build. Both religions obviously also got massive contributions from their respective members and built an iconic structure. I hear the mosque was completed in 1984, 20years before the church..
I couldn't have missed this opportunity to explore with this cool guys. I truly felt at home in their presence and yes, I look forward to more group trips.
Thanks for reading till my next adventure. Oh! before that, massive thanks to the photographer extraordinary, Tola Oyenuga, for the pictures. Well appreciated.