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MARTIN AWORINLEWO ODEYEMI MUSEUM OF ANTIQUITIES AND CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE MARTIN AWORINLEWO ODEYEMI MUSEUM OF ANTIQUITIES AND CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART.

The building that houses Martin Aworinlewo Odeyemi Museum of Antiquities and Contemporary African Art was donated by Chief Joshua Agboola Odeyemi, the Obasewa of Ife, to the Obafemi Awolowo University in memory of his late father, after whom the Museum is named. It was commissioned by the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Okunade Sijuade Olubuse II, on 30th April, 2004.

The idea of the Museum was conceived in 1988 but only came to reality with the help of Late Chief (Dr.) Omotoso Eluyemi, one time Head of the old Department of Archeology and Director-General of National Commission for Museums and Monuments. The intervention and follow-through of another friend of Chief Agboola, Professor Roger Makanjuola, a former Vice Chancellor of the University, made its completion and donation possible in 2003.
The Museum now holds the Institute’s collection of objects of antiquity and art for research, education and relaxation.