Mapo Corridor is the colonial model Ibadan Metropolis Corridor, perched on prime of Mapo Hill, in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. Mapo Corridor was commissioned through the colonial period by Captain Ross in 1929. It was designed and constructed by Engineer Robert A. Jones (1882–1949), was a Welsh man who labored in Southern Nigeria between 1910–1944 and was seconded to Ibadan Native Authority in 1923 as a street engineer, the place he remained till his retirement to his native Wales. He’s additionally ascribed as being the engineer who constructed Manor Home in Iseyin.
The price of building was £24,000 and building took 4 years between 1925 and 1929. The inspiration stone was laid in June 1925 by Capt. W. A. Ross (The Resident, Oyo Province) and it was accomplished and declared open by His Excellency, Sir Graeme Thomson through the conventional management of Oba Shiyanbola Ladigbolu, the Alaafin of Oyo and Oyewole, the Baale of Ibadan.
The corridor is famend for its seven columns, most likely depicting the seven hills upon which the traditional metropolis was constructed. The structure of the corridor, modelled after St George’s Corridor, Liverpool, is a continuing reminder of early British affect within the administration of Ibadan as a part of the Oyo Province. The corridor serves as an essential landmark that might be seen from most a part of town, particularly from the opposite six hills between which town spreads out. Labour was offered by the natives, most likely by the prisoners held as tax defaulters and different slaves.
It was renovated in 2006 amid some controversy and the renovated corridor was commissioned by former President Olusegun Obasanjo on sixth September, 2007.
Through the years, the corridor had performed host to main political and social occasions within the metropolis, shaping the socio-political course of Nigeria normally. The Sixth Annual Conference of the Nationwide Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons was held in Mapo Corridor on Could 5, 1955, whereas Nnamdi Azikiwe delivered his presidential tackle there. In Could 1967, the Western Leaders of Thought additionally met and it was that Chief Obafemi Awolowo outlined his ideas on the continuing Civil Battle in Nigeria and acknowledged that: “I can see no important and abiding precept concerned in any conflict between the North and the East.” In Campaigning for the 1983 elections, Chief Obafemi Awolowo additionally held a marketing campaign rally right here in 1983 the place he made the well-known quote – “Kaka ki Kiniun se akapo Ekun, kaluku a ya se ode ti e l’ototo ni.” which means that the Lion would moderately hunt individually moderately than be the bag bearer for the Tiger. It was additionally at Mapo Corridor that the current day Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, selected to coronate 24 new kings in Ibadan land.
The corridor hosts a mini-museum the place the relics of the chains used to carry tax evaders within the colonial period, are hung. There are additionally footage of all Olubadan (King) which have reigned in Ibadan.
Mapo Hill, the positioning of the corridor, is the oldest a part of Ibadan metropolis and is a excessive density space occupied primarily by the indigenes of the city. The corridor itself is constructed on a bit of land measuring 5,969 acres surrounded by roads, with its essential entrance on Ogunmola Avenue. It’s instantly going through Mapo Street. Attending to the corridor from Ogunmola Avenue is thru ascending a sequence of very huge steps which additionally function seats for spectators and residents through the innumerable events that the corridor was used for main occasions. The palace of the Olubadan of Ibadan is a couple of minutes stroll to its left and Iba Oluyole statue lies a couple of minutes stroll to its proper.
It’s presently owned and managed by Ibadan Native Authorities Properties Firm Restricted.
With an arc sited atop its gates, and eight gigantic pillars hoisted within the entrance, the Mapo Corridor stands imposingly on the historic Mapo Hills of Ibadan. The realm which the corridor is positioned additionally has the seat of the oldest Native Authorities in Ibadan, which was previously known as Ibadan District Council (IDC), and it had all of the native governments of Ibadan (Metropolis and fewer metropolis) which later metamorphosed into Ibadan Metropolis Council (ICC) and far later into Ibadan Municipal Native Authorities (IMG) and its now generally known as Ibadan South East Native Authorities.
For first time guests, the socio-political melting pot of the outdated Western Area provides an eagle eye view of the ‘historic metropolis’s’ hilly terrain as Mapo Corridor is strategically positioned and thus provides a transparent view of surrounding areas –miles aside.
In-built 1924 by the British colonial lords, Mapo Corridor, with its expansive assembly room, performed host to main political gatherings that formed the way forward for the then-Western area, because it hosted political rallies from 1951 onwards. As such, any political get together that didn’t marketing campaign on the prestigious corridor was considered unserious on account of the truth that the corridor grew to become an emblem of political relevance
Additionally, the primary settlers within the Mapo Hills had been refugee warriors fleeing the Fulani wars within the Guinea Savannah –they settled there in 1829.
The Mapo Corridor has a mini-museum the place the relics of the chains used to carry tax evaders within the colonial period, are hung. There are additionally footage of all of the Olubadan (Kings) which have reigned in Ibadan.
Following dilapidation, the previous Governor of Oyo state, Alao Akala, swung into motion and gave the historic construction a facelift in 2008, and leaving controversy in its wake. The corridor nonetheless wears the look of its historic British model architectural design.
Presently, it’s residence to conferences, wedding ceremony receptions, and plenty of social gatherings in Ibadan and homes an area authorities in Oyo State.