THE OLUSEGUN OBASANJO PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY (OOPL)
The Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) is described as “a historic, touristic, academic and recreational centre, which is regarded as a national archive and a place for the preservation of presidential documents and historical items associated with the office and person of President Olusegun Obasanjo.”
The library stretches across 32 hectares of land (about 40 soccer pitches) and is made up of a number of buildings and facilities including auditoriums, an amphitheatre, main library building, a bookshop, an amusement park, a wildlife park, a guest house (The Green Legacy Guest House) among others. The Library itself features a museum and boasts of 15 million documents, two million books and 4,000 Artifacts, some of which feature essential events in the Nigerian history and modern African history.
Let’s explore the WACP Conference venue:
(1) THE OOPL AUDITORIUM
The OOPL Auditorium is a circular with a capacity of 1000.
(2) OOPL WILDLIFE PARK
The Wild Life Park, accommodates some animals such as ostrich, monkey among others. It has some cool relaxation spots too.
(3) OOPL ‘ROCK OF INSPIRATION’
The ‘Rock of Inspiration’ (believed to have been a prayer mountain previously) is the highest point in the complex, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding city of Abeokuta, which get even better through the installed microscope.
(4) OOPL Bookshop
Explore books at the OOPL Bookshop.
(5) OOPL ARRIVAL PAVILION
The arrival pavilion accommodates some presidential artifacts such as Obasanjo’s first car, (a well-kept Volkswagen Beetle), A peculiar white jeep (said to be used by Pope John Paul on his visit to the country), as well as a military helicopter and a miniature warship, amongst others.
(6) OOPL MAIN LIBRARY BUILDING
This building is a three story structure with man-made lake that sits opposite.
(7) BAMBOO GROVE
A large, lush bamboo clearing offering “a true taste of African cuisine”
(8) THE GREEN LEGACY GUEST HOUSE
The guest house is a 100+ room 4-star hotel with facilities such as elevated swimming pools, a tennis court, a modern well-designed gym and sauna among other facilities.