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I'm Margaret, a female traveller from Nigeria, and welcome to my personal blog , TheAjalaBug.com.

Here, I document my adventures in travel and life experiences generally. Hope you get inspired!

National Museum Onikan

National Museum Onikan

Real museums are places where Time is transformed into Space - Orhan Pamuk; I will add, where history comes alive.

The above quote is true of all the museums I have visited in Nigeria but that's not what this story is above. Today is focused on the National Museum, Onikan.

It is often said that a race that forgets its past will sooner die, and that a glimpse of our past gives an insight into what we are today. A visit to the Museum brings to life all of the leaders that have one way or the other shaped the history of Nigeria. It also showcases in details the deep cultures of some tribes.

In my views, the museum is divided into three parts; 

  1. Gallery showcasing the historical Nigerian culture with 7 segments namely fertility and birth, initiation, adult life, external influence, wisdom and learning, re-incarnation, death, burial and funeral. Unfortunately, as you would expect, no cameras allowed here.

  2. Temporary exhibition hall where artworks are displayed temporarily

  3. Garage with portraits of various Nigerian leaders (both past and present), the state car in which former Nigerian Head of State in the military regime, General Murtala Ramat Mohammed was assassinated, and the export permit where permits are issued to take artworks out of the country.

I have visited the museum twice and I am still not tired of seeing all the great collections. Let's look around.

OUTSIDE TEMPORARY INSTALLATIONS

This installation depicts the EFCC's role being watered down by corruption.

 National Museum Onikan

National Museum Onikan

 National Museum Onikan

National Museum Onikan

 National Museum Onikan

National Museum Onikan

 National Museum Onikan

National Museum Onikan

 National Museum Onikan

National Museum Onikan

 National Museum Onikan

National Museum Onikan

THE MUSEUM

 National Museum Onikan

National Museum Onikan

 National Museum Onikan

National Museum Onikan

 National Museum Onikan

National Museum Onikan

 National Museum Onikan

National Museum Onikan

STATE CAR LATE GENERAL MOHAMMED WAS ASSASSINATED IN.

On February 1976, former Nigeria Head of State, General Murtala Muhammed, was shot dead at Obalende on his way back from the Mosque ,where he had gone to perform his Jummat prayer ,by some soldiers led by  Lieutenant Colonel Suka Dimka  in an abortive military coup against the government. Inside the garage is the black Mercedes Benz, the state car.

Sadly no pictures allowed inside, so I marked my visit outside. LoL

  National Museum Onikan

National Museum Onikan

Visiting tips

  • Entry fee is N200, thereabout.

  • Sculptures are not allowed to be touched or carried

  • No cameras allowed inside the museum but some level of photography is allowed outside.

Areas for improvement for the gallery

  • Proper lighting

  • Installation of working A/Cs

  • Can we start allowing cameras in our museums already?!.

Thanks for reading guys. I appreciate it

Margaret.

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