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Activities . 20 Nov 2019 . Esther Omuzor

Visit the National Museum Abeokuta to learn about the history and records of the Egba people.

The people of Egba land (Abeokuta) have a very rich culture that they hold in high esteem. The knowledge about the history and the way of life of Egbaland people can be fully accessed for exploration with a visit to the Abeokuta National Museum. The museum houses arts, handcrafts, and artifacts that tell the story of Prehistoric Nigeria. These stories are centered around weapons of war that were used by the ancient inhabitants of Abeokuta and strategies used amongst the legendary warriors of Egbaland. Lovers of archeology will find a lot to learn from the museum as it is indeed a repository of the culture and tradition of Egbaland and its people. The National Museum in Abeokuta displays the heritage of the people in a revealing and educative way.

sculptures in the museum
sculptures in the museum

The Egba clan, originally under the Oyo Empire, became independent following the spectacular collapse of Oyo in the first half of the 19th century. Wars with Dahomey, in which the Egbas were successful partly due to the protection afforded by the Olumo Rock, led to the founding of the city of Abeokuta, which literally means "under the rock".

The Egba nation is made up of the following subdivisions: the Ake, Owu, Oke Ona and Gbagura, each with its own king.

The Egba National Museum is situated Inside Baptist Girls College, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, Ogun State Nigeria.

There are curators on site to take you around and also provide information about any item that catches your interest. A visit to this museum will leave you much more acquainted with the people of Egbaland than you have ever been.

the museum sculpture

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