Historical places

Compiled by Chidimma C. Okeke



Media Trust Limited



The Kwiambana ruins were built on and around a granite inselberg with two peaks. They were protected by a ditch and a bank between five and seven meters high, topped by a rubble wall. In areas where the wall passes over bare rock, it is built of mud block with loopholes. Around the hillside there are some low free-stone walls. Within the enclosed area are several well-preserved mud structures, and several level sites where buildings may once have stood. The walls were constructed of natural coursed rubble, with alternating layers of stone and subsoil, and have resisted erosion. The settlement, which appears to be ancient, was destroyed during the Fulani Jihad in the early 19th century. Asante traditional buildings, Ghana The Asante Traditional Buildings are the last remaining testimony of the unique architectural style of the great Asante Kingdom. The traditional motifs of its rich bas-relief decoration are imbued with symbolic meaning. Since the dwellings are made of earth, wood and straw, they are vulnerable to the onslaught of time and weather. The buildings include ten shrines/fetish houses (Abirim, Asawase, Asenemaso, Bodwease, Ejisu Besease, Adarko Jachie, Edwenase, Kentinkrono, Patakro and Saaman). Most are to the north-east of Kumasi, and Patakro, to the south. Arranged around courtyards, the buildings are constructed of timber, bamboo and mud plaster and originally had thatched roofs. The unique decorative bas-reliefs that adorn the walls are bold and depict a wide variety of motifs. As with other traditional art forms of the Asante, these designs are not merely ornamental, they also have symbolic meanings, associated with the ideas and beliefs of the Asante people, and have been handed down from generation to generation. The present appearance of the buildings and their architectural form is largely authentic in terms of reflecting their traditional form and materials, although many have been largely. Lekki Conservation Centre, Lagos Lekki Conservation Centre is one of the best and most visited nature reserves in Nigeria. The conservation and relaxation centre is a scenic area that offers a tranquil escape from everyday life in the buzzing city of Lagos. The conservation centre was commissioned as a flagship project of Nigeria Conservation Foundation for preserving unique biodiversity and providing natural, scientific recreational values in the coastal environs of western Nigeria. Since it was established in 1990, Lekki Conservation Centre has emerged as one of Africa’s most conspicuous modern nature parks, known for its diversity. Lekki Conservative Centre covers a land area of 78 hectares. The 21-year-old conservation centre has the longest canopy walkway in Africa, about 401m. After an enthralling climb of the Canopy walkway, you can also play Chess and other games.