As part of the opening ceremony of the maiden Ife Festival of Food & Identity, the Institute of African Studies in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Monday unveiled the repurposed Wole Soyinka’s former residence and named it Wole Soyinka Museum.
About 100 antiquities collected over the years by the Nobel Laureate are currently on display at the museum.
The museum would also play host to huge collections in the custody of the Wole Soyinka Foundation for the next three months.
The birth of the museum at OAU was made possible through the visionary leadership of the university’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Eyitayo Ogunbodede, supported by the Director of the Institute, Dr. Felix Omidire and Curator of the Visual Arts Department of the Institute, Dr. Akin Adejuwon, former Director General of the National Troupe of Nigeria, who is also Curator of the museum.
The museum was accomplished through the generous sponsorship of the Ogun State Government led by Governor Ibikunle Amosun.
The design for the repurposing of the former residence was done by the Principal Consultant to the Festival, Alhaji Teju Kareem of ZMirage Multimedia Company, who is also the principal fundraiser for the festival.
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