The Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library
The Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) is a library owned by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, a former President of Nigeria. It is a historic, tourist and academic center established as a national archive for the preservation of documents and materials used by the president during his tenure as the president of Nigeria. The library is located at Abeokuta, Ogun State in Nigeria. It has been described by the British Broadcasting Corporation as the first of its kind in Africa.
The Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library was established to demonstrate and deepen democracy. One essential aspect of democracy is a developed and engaged citizenry. The Presidential Library will enhance transparency and accountability and ensure that policy choices are better understood.
What constitutes the major part of OOPL is the impressive museum, conspicuously located on two exhibition floors, while the Archival and the Information and Resource Centers are located on other floors. The museum showcases the life and times of President Obasanjo from his birth to date. The interesting thing is active structure of the exhibitions with interactive games, visuals and words of the man Obasanjo himself. The exhibitions also showcase Nigeria from amalgamation in 1914 and indeed Africa from independence days. In the section housing the huge conference hall, a bookshop, souvenir shop, has an area devoted to his late wife Mrs Stella Obasanjo.
The OOPL has other outdoor recreational facilities like the Amphitheatre, the bamboo park, the wildlife park, associated with the children’s Amusement Centre, a dam for boating, rowing, fishing and a picnic area.
The Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) serves as an inspiration for many people on the importance, values and rewards of leadership through servitude, embodied by Olusegun Obasanjo. OOPL contains a vast wealth of knowledge and experiences yet to be seen in Nigeria and West Africa!