The Ijebu Museum Project

Nigeria

 

In May 2014, the longest reigning Yoruba monarch, Alaiyeluwa, Oba (Dr.) S.K. Adetona, the Awujale of Ijebuland, turned 80 years old. To celebrate the auspicious occasion, the Council of High Chiefs (Otunbas), on behalf of other Ijebu kings and citizens of Ijebuland decided to build a modern museum as a tribute to their beloved monarch. The distinct honor of founding the historical museum was invariably entrusted to Craig Fashoro, based on his accomplishments in the field of traditional African art and his proposed vision of what the desired museum should be like.

 

The Ijebu National Museum, officially opened with international pomp and fanfare, on time and within budget, on the 8th of May, 2014.