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Travel Journalist/ Author. Winner, CNN/Multichoice African Journalist Awards (Tourism)
Travel Journalist/ Author. Winner, CNN/Multichoice African Journalist Awards (Tourism)

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When people talk of important places to see in Ibadan, they miss out one of the most remarkable landmarks in the city–the era-defining Adebisi Mansion in Idikan area of Ibadan. Built over two years with the best materials money could buy, it was completed in 1929, the same year the famed Mapo Hall was commissioned by the British colonial government.

Remarkably, the mansion of 99 rooms and 34 pillars dwarfs Mapo Hall and it was the property of Sanusi Adebisi Giwa (1882-1938), a very successful farmer and businessman, who was also known for his philanthropy.
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“Every society thrives on a good records and archiving system.”
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While the federal government had always flagged May 29 as Democracy Day, states in the southwest, to keep the significance of the date alive, opted to mark the same event on June 12, declaring the day a public holiday every year since then.
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Nigerian art is presently commanding prices never before now conceivable. Early in 2018, a 1974 painting by the late Ben Enwonwu–titled “Tutu”– fetched a staggering $1.6mn at auction in London;
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“Seeing the world on a bike is completely different from seeing it in a car,” he says at the PAGE Book Connoisseurs in Lagos, where he’s come to have a reading and talk about his trips. “You are so exposed to the world when you’re on a bike: you can feel the wind, the raindrops, you can perceive every smell; you have a better view of everything around you.”
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