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History Political and Cultural Relevance
A Report submitted to the Department of Architectural Technology, Federal University of Technology, Akure, in Partial Fulfillment of the Post Graduate Diploma in Architectural Technology.
Submitted by OLADUNMOYE Ayodeji A. Arc/09/9232
. It is also in part because even as we write the city is still growing. looks like a soft-rot peach gently pulped at the top end.Origin of Mapo Hall The map of Ibadan is difficult to visualize. their location at the city‟s core rather than at its periphery. excluding its outlying districts collectively tagged „Ibadan region‟ by city planners. and commercial and residential purposes are integrated in such a way that their separation is impossible. They might have been called the musseques and the bidonvilles if we lived in the 19th century. You will have a hard time imagining it as a fearsome cat. integrated with the bases of political. or of Florida as a pistol in the thriller of the 2000 recount. might suggest a new way of using the old grammar of relations of wealth and prestige. the outlying districts continue to be turned into citified residential areas in the relentless sprawl of urbanization. These are the sections where industrial activities are nil. and their preindustrial rationality. the metropolitan core of the city. the form in which Ireland appears to the anti-hero of Flann O‟Brien‟s The Poor Mouth. however. religious and economic powers. too. This is in part because the precise reaches of the city. and though we didn‟t. For we know. are hard to determine. what used to constitute the Ibadan Municipal Government area with headquarters at the Mapo Hall across from Ojaa‟ba. It is the region demarcated by urban planning experts to define the areas which once constituted the original clusters of agboole. even in theory. On a map.
that the exercise of caste privileges was inconceivable without the relational hierarchies of the preindustrial West African city. . precluded the formation of a revolutionary consciousness on the scale and character of the European city. and considering the conservative alliances between kings and slaves. it was possible to have nobility without wealth.from Cheik Anta Diop‟s account in Precolonial Black Africa. among other factors. This style of urbanism.
the five-line „Ibadan‟ (1965). In physical outlook. Bekederemo-Clark‟s classic poem. and with peaks at Mapo. and Aremo. The result was a complex of traditional and westernized centres of governance mediated by the market. Mokola. The remaining four of the seven hills celebrated in J. and Oke‟Badan. With time. whose enjambed last two lines supply the title of this section. . it is made up of ridges of laterite (rock-hills). because at some point in the 1980s a permanent palace was constructed to retire the practice of the moveable palace.P. which formed the outer rings of a concentric circle. are Oke-Ado.Ibadan went without a master plan for a long time. the largest of which lie in the central part of the city. Oke-Bola. at a distance of about 130 kilometres northeast of Lagos. Oke-Are. Modern residential arrangements in these parts of the city were closer in form to the agboole than to the rationalised built space of the so-called „elite quarters‟. The city is located approximately on longitude 3° 5´ east of the Greenwich Meridian and latitude 7° 23´ north of the Equator. Ojaa‟ba acquired the character of the classic Yoruba market. until the dissolution of the Western Region in 1976 caused city planners to etch perspective into the fatty sprawl of the legendary godmother.
View from mapo hall the rock-hill near Eleyele on the western outskirts. Oyo State. . and from its height atop the natural elevation of around 275 metres above sea level. Situated right next to the History and function of Mapo Hall It is the colonial style city hall. Nigeria. during the licentious Oke‟Badan Festival. a mile north of Mapo Hall. but as the legendary refuge of the founders of the first Ibadan it is revered and honoured annually as the goddess of fertility. perched on top of Mapo Hill. one can see the entire city by moving in a circumference. in Ibadan. It was renovated in 2006 amid some controversy. where Bower‟s Tower was erected in 1936 in honour of the city‟s first British Resident Officer. Mapo Hall was commissioned during the colonial era by Captain Ross in 1929. The seventh hill is at Ojaa‟gbo. This last is never acknowledged as part of the poetic seven because it is not within the city.
View showing the interior part of the mapo hall Mapo Hall. Oyo State capital is fast racing down the slope of relegation. . an historical heritage bequeathed by the Colonial masters to the people of Ibadan.
Mapo Hall competes effectively in terms of age and architectural design. Mapo hall is located in the center (Heart) of Ibadan land.Perhaps. both edifices were built by the same contractor. . It is located on the highest hill of Ibadan land. It was occupied by wild animals. The hall's construction commenced in June 1925 and the only structure with similar sense of antiquity is the famous Buckingham Palace in London. in the time of Shinyanbola Ladugbolu Alafin (CMG) and Oyewole Bale Ibadan. the only building that could enjoy similar popularity across Yorubaland is the famous Cocoa House. It was declared open by His Excellency Sir Graeme Thomson (GCMG) on the 5th October 1929. Interestingly. It known as “Igbo are ma bo” meaning the forest of no return.
. It is also used for events. Presently. mapo hall is used to address the ibadan community on the issue raised by the citizenry. Being the highest area in the city. it has over 1000 capacity seater. the sands gotten from the hill is what is used for building surrounding it. It is a very high hill as to what is seen today.It is a place where kings are crowned. Mapo hall serve as parliamentary meeting area for the legislative arm of government to decide on the issue of the municipal council.
. Timber and so on) of the then Western State of Nigeria. Ibadan formerly known as "Ile Awon Agbe"-translates as the "House of Farmers" was commissioned for use in August 1965. Ibadan. The building was gutted by fire on January 9. Cocoa House. And was built from proceeds from commodities (e. located within the Dugbe business district of the Oyo State capital.g. Ibadan. the 24-storey Cocoa House. is the property of Odu'a Investment Company Limited.Cocoa House was once the tallest building in tropical Africa. Cocoa. It is located in the city of Ibadan in Nigeria. 1985 and rehabilitated for use in August 1992. Before fire incident It was reliably gathered that the on-going repair work on the renowned Cocoa House. commenced with the installation of two newly-purchased cone lifts to complement the existing ones. Rubber..
A new 800KVA generating set to serve as an alternative power supply has also been purchased while the installation work is ongoing. .Thus bringing the total number of lifts in the building to four.
php?option=comcontent&view= article&id=315:cocoa-house&catid=3:newsflash&Itemid=523 Ibadan. 2009 edition Nigeria National 2011 edition Akin Adesokan http://www.nigerianational.html Odua Investmest http://oduainvest.com 2005 edition Oduainvest.africancitiesreader.0.pdf Pacific Publications http://www.nairaland.ng/index.com/nigeria/topic-37473.org.com.References Narialand.com.ng 2011 edition Oluwaseun Osewa http://www. Soutin and the Puzzle of Bower‟s Tower December.com/-states/101-oyo-state .za/reader/chapters/07_AA.
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