Africa is land of people with a beautiful array of culture and unique histories. Africa’s history isnt only made up of the people but the lands, the environment and the buildings as well. Nigeria is one African country with vast lands with buildings that date as far back as the 1800’s. Here are some historic buildings with a background story that links to the history of this country:
First Storey Building in Nigeria, Badagry: This historic building attracts a lot of visitors each year. It was constructed in 1845. The first missionaries to set foot in Nigeria stayed in this building. The house has six big rooms, four stores, two big sitting rooms and a safe where precious items are kept.
First Presbyterian Church, Calabar : Built in 1848 by the early missionaries, led by Rev. Hope Masterson, the church is being considered for preservation by the National Commission for Museums and Monuments.
National War Museum, Abia: The National War Museum is situated in Umuahia and houses the relics of past wars. It has artefacts such as tanks, ships and aircrafts all from Nigeria. The artefacts from the country are all from the Biafra-Nigerian Civil War.
Gobirau Minaret, Katsina: Currently, this tower has turned into a symbol for the city in which it is found. This is because the city is a theological centre and the tower is an old example of Muslim architecture. The Gobirau Minaret is a 15ft structure, previously used as a mosque.
Ancient Kano City Walls, Kano: This structure was put up to provide security to the growing population back then. It was completed in the middle of the 14th century. It was originally estimated at a height of 30 to 50ft and about 40ft thick at the base with 15 gates around it.