National Arts Theatre, Lagos – Tribute to reclamation

How many know that the National Arts Theatre (Iganmu) Lagos, one of Nigeria’s iconic piece of real estate, sits on reclaimed land? This is the story: Police Commissioner Joseph Gomwalk, who was military governor of Benue/Plateau State between 1968 and 1975, had gone on a tour of Bulgaria when he was taken to the country’s Palace of Culture and Sports in Varna. Impressed by the edifice, he made a case on his return, to General Gowon that Nigeria build something similar. And the process for the construction began.

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