Mapo Hall is located on Mapo Hill (“Okee Mapo”), the heart of the indigenous section of Ibadan, first settled in 1829 by warrior refugees fleeing the ravages of the Fulani wars in the guinea savanna.
Mapo Hill was an obvious strategic position for military defensive purposes because it gives a view of the surrounding country for miles around.
The Hall, designed and constructed by Engineer Robert Taffy Jones in 1925 was cited on the famous Mapo hill, which is the centre of the metropolitan city of Ibadan during the lifetime of prominent Ibadan citizens which includes Arch S.B.Latunde, Chief Ebada Otiti, Chief Agbaje and Chief Ogunmola.
It was constructed during the reign of Baale Shittu Aare. The imposing and ancient hall can be seen from most parts of the city of Ibadan and remains the symbol of authority and unity of Ibadan people.
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The motive behind the construction of the town hall was to provide a central and presentable building in form of a hall for the Yoruba’s in Ibadan province where they could meet periodically for administrative purposes. Captain W.A. Ross C.M.E, who was then representing the king of England in the Administration of Nigeria, laid the Foundation stone of the town hall.
It is pertinent to mention that the project was executed through communal efforts (direct labour) that involved people in towns and villages within Ibadan. Native authority which consists of the present Oyo state with the inclusion of three towns, Ikirun, Gbongan and Ode-Omu that now fall in Osun state. They were responsible financially for the successful completion of the building project.
Mapo Hall has now been refurbished to wear a new look and is been used for conferences. There is a mini museum which showcases relics of chains used to hold tax evaders in those days. Inside the hall are pictures of all the past Olubadan (king) that reigned till date.
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