Lt Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo Opens Nigeria's National Theatre - September 1976

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Thursday, September 30, 1976. The eve of Nigeria’s 16th Independence Anniversary. Head of State General Olusegun Obasanjo opens the multi-million pound National Arts Theatre in Iganmu, Lagos. The theatre, completed specifically for the forthcoming Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, (FESTAC ‘77), was described by many as the best, and largest theatre on the African Continent, and one of the biggest in the world. Obasanjo asserts that it’ll hold “a pivotal position” in FESTAC, among other events. The theatre, designed and constructed by a Bulgarian company, Techno Exporstroy, was constructed in resemblance to the Palace of Culture and Sports in Varna, Bulgaria, though it was made much bigger. Former Head of State Yakubu Gowon initiated the construction, before its completion during the Obasanjo regime.
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