The Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library is the first presidential library in Africa constructed in honor of the former president, Olusegun Obasanjo. The library is meant to be a historic and tourist attraction center established as a national archive for the preservation of the documents used by the former president, Olusegun Obasanjo.
The idea of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library was commissioned in 1998, but its construction begun in 2005. It was latter commissioned in 4rd March 2017 to celebrate the 80th birthday of the two times democratically elected president of Nigeria.
The location of the library is at Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria
This is the birthplace of the former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo
The director of the library is Christopher Kolade, who is co-chaired by Carl Masters
The library was constructed in the semblance of the presidential library system of the United States.
The American president, Franklin D. Roosevelt began the concept of presidential library system by donating his official documents for national use.
Olusegun Obasanjo has made history for being the first president in Africa to build the library of its kind.
During the interview, Olusegun Obasanjo reiterated that there is need to preserve important things in life to support progress for the current generation. The library hosts several documents, artifacts, clothing, pictures, and materials used by the former Nigerian president
Besides, the library houses more than 40 million books, documents, archives, military uniforms, shoes, cars and other personal belongings of the former president.
During the commissioning, Obasanjo said……..
“the library is a culmination of fulfillment of dreams and visions which began in 1988 when I came to realise how much vital material that should have been preserved from the civil war and from our period of military government, were allowed to waste carelessly. Then I tried to see what could be salvaged, recovered and preserved but not much except some materials on the civil war from both sides of the divide which I was able to microfilm.
Materials were lost but lessons were learnt,”
About 45 serving and ex-presidents across the world were in attendance of the ceremony.
The dignitaries in attendance during the commissioning of the library were;
INTERNATIONAL: Koffi Annan (Ghana), Raila Odinga (Kenya)
LOCAL: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo; Ogun State Governor, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun and Deputy Governor of Osun State, Chief, Titilayo Laoye-Tomori