A little over 10yrs ago, an audacious dream became a reality. The dream itself had been conceived another 10yrs prior as a Millennium intervention project, but as in life, there is a right time for everything.
Freedom Park Lagos, was conceptualised as an Oasis in the middle of the bustling Lagos Island Central Business District and is set within the 1hectare grounds of the very first colonial prisons built in Nigeria(est. in 1872). The prison was finally shut down in 1972, after a hundred years in operation as tool of colonial oppression.
Subsequently, Nigeria’s history of coups and political upheavals prevented the realisation of proposals for high rise commercial developments that had been approved for the site; and for decades was a refuse dump and home for all sorts of vagrants.
What we have achieved.
Freedom park under the management of LORK Enterprises llp; an SPV comprising Total Consult Ltd, Arc. Theo Lawson, Femi Odugbemi, Sewa Kpotie(diseased) and Iyabo Aboaba, have over the years developed and expanded the ethos of the centre to what is today a most celebrated Arts and Culture space in Nigeria and beyond. In 2015, it was awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and is listed on most tourist sites as a must visit when in Lagos.
With Nobel laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka as our main Patron and Trustee, and the Omooba Yemisi Shyllon sculpture gardens, the creditability and importance of Freedom Park in the Arts is unquestionable. It has managed to dispel the long held phobia of visiting Lagos Island and the fear of ‘area boys’.
Recently, Freedom Park has become the home of the Society of Nigerian Artists(SNA) and also hosts monthly meetings and end of year Ball of of The Nigerian Institute of Architects(Lagos Chapter). Freedom Park is host to over twelve festivals in a year; stages monthly performance or visual art exhibitions, and boasts live music performances at least once or twice weekly.
Freedom Park is not elitist and encourages interaction across social and professional strata. It promotes a democratic space where freedom of expression is entrenched in our charter. It however strives to ensure the safety and comfort for all guests.
On October1, 2010, Freedom Park; designed by Arc. Theo Lawson, was commissioned by Gov. Babatunde Raji Fashola to commemorate Nigeria’s 50th anniversary celebration.
Freedom Park apart from providing the much needed green space in Lagos Island, preserves a slice of Nigerian Colonial history with curated relics and architectural symbolism. For sustainability, features such as art galleries, museum, performance stages, food court were introduced within the beautifully landscaped gardens to make it attractive to the arts community, tourists and the general public.
Nature surrounding Freedom Park offers a serene, peaceful and restful tranquil.
The calming effect of being around trees and flowers can significantly reduce stress hereby promoting healthy lifestyle. The leaves filter the air we breathe, releases oxygen and absorbing other air pollutants- carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide.
Some of the species of trees and flowers are Queens Palm, Fish tail Palm, Moringa, Almond, Paw Paw, Weeping Fig, Mango, Bougainvillea, Mauritius Hemp, Jacob’s Coat,Devil’s Backbone, Giant Spiderlilies, Crown of Thorns and many more.
FREEDOM PARK AT 10 EVENTS FOR 2020
We Have an array of events lined up for the year 2020.
From Music festivals to stage performances to children events.
Every month of the year has something spectacular.