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In a village called Ososa, a few kilometres from Ijebu Ode in Ogun State, a boy was born on July 10 1916 to Eunice Owotusan, the daughter of an Ifa priest and Jeremiah ‘Deinbo Ogundemuren - a village headmaster, pastor and church organist.
This boy will grow up to become the legend that is Hubert Adedeji Ogunde. He was never contented to settle for whatver life offered in those days but was determined to take his destiny into his own hands. Come and find out more about how he transformed from this little boy, learn about his upbringing, visit the village of his birth and where he played as a child. Check out the costumes used in the plays and the movies, his full genealogy and see the pamphlets used decades ago and admire how he changed the face of entertainment in Nigeria and Africa.
"I write the story of what is happening in the society, thats how i believe it. It may be social, it may be religious, it may be folkloric and it may be political if you like. But to me, the theatre is to reflect the society in which we live.
Traditionally, Africans don't count the number of their wives. We know we have wives, it may be five, it maybe ten, my grandfather had more than twenty, so but usually its a secret to the household but i will just tell you that they are more than ten. And in this community, there are some petty jealousies but they are not as pronounced as to damage anything. If there is a quarrel now, it is settled. And people live together like brothers and sister. Its a thing that i think that like very much"
(a) From Lagos: Take the Lagos-Ibadan EXpressway. Branch off at the Sagamu junction onto the Sagamu-Benin Expressway. After the Odogbolu junction, continue towards Ijebu-Ode. About five kilometres from Ijebu-Ode on your right is the 1st Ogunde Monument on the expressway. Stop and branch off towards Ososa. The museum is about 1 kilometre to the monument before you get into Ososa town.
(b) From Ijebu-Ode: Connect the Benin-Sagamu Expressway. Drive towards Sagamu. About 4km from Ijebu-Ode on your left is the second Ogunde monument on the expressway. Drive into the center of Ososa town. At the town's centre turn right and drive past the Oba's palace and continue until you see the museum on your right.
The Ogunde Museum is visted by many thousands of visitors each year from Nigeria and diaspora. Attactions include many effects used in the 4 movies, costumes, his original accomodation, video covering his life story, gift shop and information facility.
Special arrangements and discounts are available for primary schools, secondary schools and corporate hospitality through our group booking facility. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for full information including: