APD has carried out the technical development and museographic implementation at the centre, dedicated to the former Nigerian president.
ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño (APD) has concluded the technical development and the museographic implementation of the Olusegun Obasanjo Museum and Library in Abeokuta (Nigeria). The centre is dedicated to the life and work of Obasanjo, president of Nigeria on two occasions, and its main objective is to commemorate the legacy of the politician and to present the principles which have guided his life.
The centre was officially inaugurated on March, 4 in Abeokuta, capital of the Ogun State in Nigeria. The former presidents of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo and Jonathan Goodluck, the ex Secretary-General of the United Nations and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize Kofi Annan and several political leaders of the African continent attended the inauguration event.
APD’s work has followed the Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA) design and has also included the production, setup and installation of all the exhibit resources in a 2.300 m² space. The design combines museographic elements, based on traditional African models, with interactive units, original objects and sophisticated audio-visual resources. The budget for the project was 4.6 million euros.
One of the project’s challenges was the logistic complexity derived from the state of the countries infrastructures. In this sense, APD carried out a specific field job to employ as many available local resources as possible (materials, suppliers, collaborators, etc.). Equally, APD trained a local team to perform the operation and maintenance of the installation from its opening.
The visit to the museum begins on the ground floor, where reception, general information and the Orientation Theatre are located, the latter offering a short film about Olusegun Obasanjo, a man who has marked Nigeria’s recent history. The two galleries of the first floor introduce Obasanjo’s political career and life course by means of a chronological development, from his childhood and training until his work as head of State and his political legacy.
Among the most significant elements present is a large suspended statue in the building’s atrium, composed of graphic panels made by local artists; the “Performance Cones”, which represent different aspects of Obasanjo’s life course through audio-visual projections; a large scale interactive digital map; “Photo Booths” in the Nigerian Child interactive area, where children can dress up and have their picture taken wearing different work uniforms, such as doctors, engineers or teachers; and the audio-visual installation “African Visionaries”, where different personalities offer their impressions of the figure of Obasanjo.