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Ile -Ife: A Legacy Of Great Architecture

 

Architecture is inhabited sculpture.

Constantin Brancusi

It really does not matter which part of the world you are, if there are people, communities, and evolving histories, you will always come across great buildings which simply sing to your soul. These buildings remain timeless as they continue to articulate the history of a time, place and a people.

Ebenezer Baptist Church Eleyele.

It is no different in the town of Ile-Ife (Osun State Nigeria). An ancient town with significant historical relevance to the Yoruba people, Ile-Ife has the most inspiring mix of eclectic architecture.These buildings have sat in exactly the same spot for at least a couple of generations. Each one is unique. Each one makes us think about the surroundings in a different way.  Some of these buildings are poetic but all of them continue to be practical even today. This is the legacy of a great building.

Ife Central Mosque -Ile- Ife

As a child growing up in Ile-Ife, the buildings were a source of constant fascination.These buildings have sat in exactly the same spot for at least a couple of generations. Each one is unique. Each one makes me  think about the history of this town in a different way.  Some of these buildings are poetic and inspiring but all of them continue to be practical even today. This is the legacy of a great building.

The Seventh Day Adventist Church- Lagere Ile-Ife -one of the oldest stone buildings in Ife. Simply stunning after all these years.

The Seventh Day Adventist Church- Lagere Ile-Ife -one of the oldest stone buildings in Ife.

The clock Tower in Enuwa Square outside the Ooni`s palace where the celebrations take place.

The Clock Tower at theOoni`s palace Enuwa Square. The tower has clocks on its four sides.

 

 

 

 

 

Colonial buildings- Oduduwa College Ile-Ife- built before Independence-1932

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Modernist buildings at Obafemi Awolowo University

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 Christ Apostolic Church- Ile-Ife

Christ Apostolic Church Ile-Ife-  built 1979

 

Anglican Church- Ayegbaju, Ilode Ile-Ife.

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Moji Ariyo
    March 11, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing these fabulous landmarks from Ile-Ife, our hometown!

    • Reply
      osupa
      March 11, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      Thanks Moji. That town raised some very fantastic people.

  • Reply
    Kathy Curnow
    December 26, 2017 at 3:36 am

    Dear Osupa–

    Merry Christmas! I’m an art history professor in the US, and my students and I are building a website that focuses on African cities, architecture, monuments, landscaping, and similar topics. One of the students is building an entry on ObafCmanities buildings (attached). We’d be happy to credit it to Osupa.me or your full name, whichever you prefer, and would also link back to your blog. You would, of course, still hold copyright. It’s such a great picture. If you’d like to get a sense of what we’re doing, the site is: access.thebrightcontinent.org

    Thank you for considering our request.

    Yours truly,
    Kathy Curnow
    Associate Professor, Art History
    Dept. of Art & Design
    Cleveland State University
    1901 E. 13th St.
    Cleveland, OH 44114

    • Reply
      osupa
      December 28, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      Hi Kathy
      Compliments of the season. How lovely to hear from you.
      Which picture are you thinking about using from my blog?

      • Reply
        Kathy Curnow
        December 29, 2017 at 12:42 am

        Hi, Osupa! The New Year is almost upon us–wishing you the best one yet. The picture I was interested in is the one captioned “Modernist buildings at Obafemi Awolowo University” that shows the Humanities buildings (about the seventh one from the top). It shows the inverted triangle shape better than most! Thanks for considering it, Kathy

        • Reply
          osupa
          January 7, 2018 at 5:14 pm

          Dear Kathy

          It would be my pleasure to share that with you of course.

          A link to my page would be appreciated via the image or whatever other ways to give my blog a tiny boost- just to keep me inspired,

          Thanks

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