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National Monuments in Nigeria

Sixty-five (65) National Monuments and Sites have been declared across the country, while a hundred (100) additional ones were being proposed for declaration

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CHIEF OKOROJI'S HOUSE, AROCHUKWU ABIA STATE

Declared a National Monument on 19th March, 1963 This is  one of very few Aro buildings that survived from the 18th century. These few that still exist represent a highly developed form of indigenous traditional architecture and construction skill.

OBU HOUSE ELU, OHAFIA ABIA STATE

Declared a National Monument on 19th March, 1963

The Ndi Anaga meeting house is unpretentious from the outside. Its structure is very simple: a large verandah closed by earthen walls at both ends and on one…

CHIEF OCHU KALU'S HOUSE AT NDI OKEREKE ABAM NEAR BENDE, ABIA STATE

Declared a National Monument on 19th March, 1963

The Building, traditionally called “mgbaja” is considered to be very old and it was certainly erected before the Aro expedition of 1901 – 02…

National Museum Benin

OMO UKWU OF NDI EZERA CLAN, ASAGA OHAFIA, ABIA STATE

Declared a National Monument on 19th March, 1963.

The Omo Ukwu (or Temple) of the Ndi Ezera Clan is a most impressive structure, not only because of its great size but also because of the carved figures with which it is adorned.

SUKUR CULTURAL LANDSCAPE, MADAGALI, ADAMAWA STATE

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in November 1999. 

Sukur Kingdom is located on the Mandara Mountains which straddle the Nigerian and Cameroonian border. The site is sited about 1100 meters(3609ft) above sea-level and accessed by natural stone paved…

GIDAN MADAKIN BAUCHI IN KAFIN MADAKI, BAUCHI STATE

Declared a National Monument 16th February, 1956

This house and the compound at Kafin Madaki, 28 miles(45km) north of Bauchi, known as Gidan Madakin, Bauchi was built in 1860 by the celebrated master builder Babban Gwani of Zaria. It exemplifies the typical architecture of northern Nigeria.

ROCK PAINTINGS AT DUTSE DAMISA NEAR GUMJE, BAUCHI STATE

Declared a National Monument on 23rd April, 1959

They lie within a rock formation covering an area of about 183m (600ft) radius. These paintings are about five miles (8.5 km) from the Geji group and consist entirely of images of cattle.

ROCK PAINTINGS DUTSE ZANE GEJI – TORO LGA BAUCHI STATE

Declared a National Monument on 23rd April, 1959

There are two groups of paintings on the main wall of large open cave (cavern) which offers shelter from the weather for the fragile pigment of the paintings. There are the inscriptions of what appears to…

ROCK PAINTINGS AT SHADAWANKA, BAUCHI STATE

Declared a National Monument on 19th March, 1963

A large cave containing paintings was discovered in January, 1961 on a hill at Shadawanka. Although the condition of the paintings is poor, it is possible to distinguish drawings of wild animals and many enigmatic signs including ladders…

National Museum Benin

ROCK PAINTING AT SHIRA IN AZARE L. G. A. BAUCHI STATE

Declared a National Monument on 5th of August, 1964.

The land covering a radius of 91.4m(300ft) of the centre of each site. There are ten different sites containing Rock paintings. These rock paintings were first reported in 1959. Among the ten sites, nine have stylised…

CAIRN OF STONE KNOWN AS KWANDON KAYA AT PANSHANU, BAUCHI STATE

Declared a National Monument on 16th February 1956

Along with the land within a radius of 91.4m(300ft) off the centre of the cairn. It is believed to have been set up by the army of the Emir of Bauchi, Yakubu I. It was to commemorate the …

FIRST MINING BEACON AT TILDEN FULANI, BAUCHI STATE

Declared a National Monument on 16 February 1956

Including the land within 30.48m…

RABEH'S FORT/HOUSE AT DIKWA, BORNO STATE

Declared a National Monument on 23rd April 1959

This includes the building together with the compound and contents thereof. Its construction was begun in 1893 on the site of the residence of the deposed Dikwama of Dikwa who was ordered to relocate to Gajibo

OLD RESIDENCY BUILDING, CALABAR, CROSS RIVER STATE

Declared a National monument on 14th August 1959

The old Residency building is a prefabricated wood building made in Britain before 1880s. It was erected on the consular hill in 1884. The main building is a large single storey building with spacious halls and four spacious rooms…

OLD CONSULATE BUILDING, CALABAR, CROSS RIVER STATE

Declared a National Monument on 14th August 1959

A prefabricated one-storey wooden building similar in style and construction to the Old Residency building, it was located in close proximity to it. It was built and erected in about 1884 and demolished in about 1989 to make room for the Cross Rivers State Government’s Presidential Lodge…

National Museum Benin

CHIEF EGBO EGBO BASSEY'S HOUSE ,CALABAR, CROSS RIVER STATE

Declared a National Monument on 14th August 1959

Situated at No. 19 Boko street, Calabar and owned by Chief E. E. Bassey. A beautiful single storey prefabricated wooden building made and shipped from Germany; assembly began in Calabar in 1883 and was completed in 1886.

CARVED STONE MONOLITHS AT ALOK, CROSS RIVER STATE

Declared a National Monument on 19th March, 1963.

Akwanshi/ Atal as the monoliths are called by the Ejagham of Cross…

CARVED STONE FIGURE OF EMAGHABE, CROSS RIVER STATE

Declared a National Monument on 19th March, 1963.

They are very similar in appearance to the Alok monoliths.

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