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article imageMapo Hall, Ibadan's municipal city hall monument Special

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By JohnThomas Didymus
Apr 7, 2012 in Travel
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Ibadan - Mapo Hall, Ibadan's city hall, was built in 1929. The hall was first refurbished in 2008 after it had fallen into dilapidation. DJ reporter recently visited Mapo and captured images of the refurbished hilltop monument the people of Ibadan are proud of.
Mapo Hall is located on Mapo Hill ("Okee Mapo"), the heart of the indigenous section of Ibadan, first settled in 1829 by warrior refugees fleeing the ravages of the Fulani wars in the guinea savanna. Mapo Hill was an obvious strategic position for military defensive purposes because it gives a view of the surrounding country for miles around.
Mapo Hall perched on top of Mapo Hill
Mapo Hall perched on top of Mapo Hill
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Mapo Hall: Main Entrance
Mapo Hall: Main Entrance
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Mapo Hall: Main Entrance
Mapo Hall: Main Entrance
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Mapo Hall  Ibadan. Frontage
Mapo Hall, Ibadan. Frontage
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Mapo Hall  Ibadan. Left-side view
Mapo Hall, Ibadan. Left-side view
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Mapo Hall  back-view from the left-side
Mapo Hall, back-view from the left-side
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Mapo Hall  side-view
Mapo Hall, side-view
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Mapo  Hall. Front side-view
Mapo Hall. Front side-view
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Mapo Hill. Front view from right side
Mapo Hill. Front view from right side
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The hall was built under British colonial rule, during the residency of Captain W.A. Ross. It was designed and constructed by Engineer Robert Taffy Jones and commissioned on October 5, 1929, by Sir Creame Thompson, British Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria at the time.
Mapo Hall  the gallery
Mapo Hall, the gallery
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Mapo Hall: Wedding reception in the new hall
Mapo Hall: Wedding reception in the new hall
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Mapo Hall: Along the balcony
Mapo Hall: Along the balcony
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It is their wedding reception party at Mapo Hall
It is their wedding reception party at Mapo Hall
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The building was the main administrative and and civil center under British colonial rule. But Mapo Hall suffered neglect and fell into dilapidation after newly created regional and state governments marginalized municipal governments. The hall was refurbished during the administration of Governor Alao Akala in 2008, and now wears a new look.
Mapo Hall is now Ibadan social elite's venue of first choice for social events.
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