Arts & Design

How OAU Architecture Becomes the Subject of Goethe Institut Nigeria’s Exhibition 


It is described as “Africa’s most beautiful campus” in the lyrics of the Student Union’s Anthem titled “Great Ife.” The picturesque view of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife has always been a subject of pride for its alumni and current students.


The big news is that the German Cultural Institute, Goethe-Institut Nigeria is ready to open an exhibition on Friday, May 10th, 2024. The event will take place at the Goethe-Institut Nigeria, Victoria Island, Lagos.


The exhibition will offer a captivating glimpse into the architectural legacy of the University of Ife, now known as Obafemi Awolowo University, meticulously crafted by Israeli architect Arieh Sharon and his collaborators between 1963 and 1980. Renowned for its modernist design, the campus stands as a testament to architectural innovation and cultural significance in Africa.


In 2020, the University initiated a landmark endeavour to secure formal recognition as a national monument and develop a comprehensive conservation plan. This initiative aims to spearhead the restoration of this architectural gem, ensuring its preservation for future generations of scholars and visitors alike.


The exhibition will feature striking visuals showcasing the campus architecture, offering attendees a visual journey through time and space. The opening ceremony will be complemented by 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, highlights the power of global cooperation in heritage preservation.


Commissioned by the Obafemi Awolowo University, the project brings together esteemed partners including 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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