Tinubu Square: Celebrating Nigeria's Independence

Tour Lago's iconic site which tells the story of the country's history and culture.

By Tour Nigeria

Welcome to Tinubu Square Fountain Park

Tinubu Square is a 2000 square meter piece of land located in the heart of Lagos and centre of the central business district. Believed to have been donated to the British by Madam Tinubu, a wealthy business woman and activist.

Tinubu Square has served as a recreational spot for relaxation and enjoyment since the garden was first built in 1960. The beauty of the artworks combine with the horticultural design of the flora will certainly capture your attention.

A landmark
The first structure that was built on this land was the court of Assizes. A landmark of a magnificent construction edifice. The Assizes court building was demolished to pave way for the construction of a tourist water fountain to commemorate Nigeria's independence.

Wings of Liberty
The wings of liberty represents the freedom of Lagos and the entire Nigeria from colonial rule at independence in 1960.

Remembering a Heroine
This cenotaph is dedicated to the memory of Madam Efunroye Tinubu, an irrepressible opponent of the slave trade and British colonial government. The Square is a celebration of her exploits in the business world and contribution to the foremost status retained by Lagos State in the world of commerce.

Madam Tinubu is an icon of enterprise and leadership. She renounced slave trading as a matter of principle and diverted her commercial skills to trading in arms and salt. Her immense wealth and nationalism gained her the prestigious chieftaincy title 'Iyalode of Egbaland'. She remained committed to the anti-colonial struggle until she breathed her last in 1887.

Knowledge is Power
Tinubu Square contains a fountain of Nigerian history. This bronze sculpture of a man reading by artist Kenny Adamson depicts the importance of being educated.

Kokoro
This bronze sculpture by Kenny Adamson depicts a onetime popular Blind Dummer called 'Kokoro' and a Dancing Maiden. Kokoro was a freelance 'Sakara drum player and singer. He earned his living by going from place to place to entertain people in Lagos Island in the 1970s.

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