‘Obafemi Awolowo University’ exhibition opens at Goethe-Institut Nigeria

The Goethe-Institut Nigeria has announced the opening of an exhibition showcasing the architectural legacy of the Obafemi Awolowo University (formerly the University of Ife).

The event, scheduled for Friday, May 10th, 2024, at 6 pm, will be held at the Goethe-Institut Nigeria located at Anifowoshe Street 7, Victoria Island, Lagos.

According to a statement, the exhibition will offer a fascinating insight into the modernist architectural design of the university’s campus, crafted between 1963 and 1980 by Israeli architect Arieh Sharon and his collaborators. Renowned for its cultural significance and architectural innovation, the campus stands as a testament to Africa’s rich heritage.

In 2020, the university initiated a groundbreaking endeavour to secure formal recognition as a national monument and develop a comprehensive conservation plan. This initiative aims to spearhead the restoration of the campus, ensuring its preservation for future generations.

Attendees will have the opportunity to experience a visual journey through time and space, with striking visuals showcasing the campus architecture. The opening ceremony will also include a panel discussion providing insight into the development of the Conservation Management Plan.

This collaborative project, undertaken by an international and interdisciplinary team since December 2020, underscores the power of global cooperation in heritage preservation. Partners involved in the project include the Berlin-based architectural firm Brenne Architekten, Nigerian architectural firm Stagray Associates, renowned Nigerian photographer Deyemi Akande, and the esteemed team at the Azrieli Architectural Archive (AAA) in Tel Aviv.

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