At the top of Mapo hill, standing at two hundred meters above sea level, in the ancient city of Ibadan, the land of brown roofs and splashing gold rust, lies a unique and beautiful edifice styled in a colonial and graceful manner, Mapo Hall. This simple and exquisite architectural design that has been standing stoutly for close to ten decades was designed and constructed by Engineer Robert Taffy Jones in 1925. This magnificent structure located at the center of the metropolitan city of Ibadan was commissioned by Captain William Alston Ross, who was the then Resident of the Old Oyo Province. The reason behind the construction of the hall was to offer a central and respectable building where the inhabitants of Ibadan province could meet periodically for administrative purposes.
Mapo Hall is a wonderful secret to unravel, as a visit will present you with an exclusive chance of seeing and experiencing one of the most attractive and distinct colonial era buildings in the country. It’s location at the center of Ibadan, close to the Olubadan’s (the Monarch of Ibadan) palace and at the top of a hill gives tourists a chance to view a beautiful and lovely scenery, one that leaves lasting and evergreen memories.
In the past, the hall served as a legislative house and also as a seat of Government. Currently, it’s being used for events, functions, political rallies, religious programs, NYSC (National Youth Service Corps) meetings etc. Not many structures can boast of that amount of use. Its landscape is gorgeous and its sight, appealing. Mapo hall now wears a new look after it was refurbished in 2006 to meet modern and post colonial standards.
The new-look hall now has a mini museum where one can see various artifacts, and also find pictures of all the past “Olubadan” that have reigned till date. One can also visit the hall with friends, have fun, relax, enjoy, strengthen existing bonds, take selfies; #Maposelfie and experience such exquisite scenery.