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5 PROMINENT MONUMENTS IN NIGERIA YOU SHOULD VISIT

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By Adeniyi Onaara

Here are some of the most beautiful monuments in Nigeria that you must see when you visit.

Nigeria’s history may be traced back several decades, with various kingdoms governing prior to the 1914 unification.

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Each dynasty introduced their own distinct combination of architectural styles, leaving a generous legacy of exquisite artistry in their wake. Here are some of the most beautiful monuments in Nigeria that you must see when you visit.

1. KANO’S HISTORIC CITY WALLS

The Kano city wall, one of Nigeria’s oldest structures, is located in Kano, the commercial center of Northern Nigeria. The magnificent work from the 11th century is 11 or 12 miles long, 40 feet thick at the base, and varies in height from 30 to 50 feet. The magnificent building was constructed between 1095 and 1135 AD during the reign of King Kijimazu. They were intended to keep opponents and troops of empires looking for vassal kingdoms to expand and enrich their royalties from infiltrating Kano.

Gates were built in various parts of the walls, and each one has a gatekeeper known as Sarkin Kofar, who is still housed inside or surrounding the gates with his family.

2. BENIN MOAT

Sungbo’s Eredo is a 6500-kilometer-square cluster of community earthworks that stretches for approximately 16,000 kilometers in the Benin rainforest zone. This cluster’s core consists of densely packed small settlement enclosures with narrow cordons sanitaires (no-man’s-land) that date back to the C8th A.D. The earthworks on the periphery include larger, wider-spaced primary enclosures (including that of Benin itself), significantly broader cordons sanitaires, and date from the C15th A.D

3. THE NATIONAL THEATRE

The National Arts Theatre is Nigeria’s primary performing arts center. The monument, which is located in Iganmu, Surulere, Lagos, was built in 1976 to commemorate the 1977 Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC). A part of this structure houses the National Gallery of Modern Nigerian Art.

4. AROMETA (THREE WHITE CAP CHIEFS)

The three white cap chiefs were first positioned at the point of entry to Lagos by Biodun Shodeinde in 1991 to greet guests.

It was, however, relocated to its current location in Epe. The three chiefs symbolize the three types of traditional greetings on Lagos Island. All of the chiefs have their fists clinched, with the right hand always placed above the left. This represents the right’s dominance over the left.

5. MAUSOLEUM OF ABUBAKAR TAFAWA BALEWA

Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa’s tomb houses the remains of the first Prime Minister of independent Nigeria, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. The tomb was created as a memorial to the man known as the “Golden Voice of Africa.”

This architectural masterpiece, deserving of Nigeria’s past and pioneering leader, is, to put it mildly, stunning. The massive walls reach heights of 17 feet, surrounding a tiny marble edifice that serves as the previous leader’s grave.

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