Point of Interest

Tinibu Square

Nigeria / Africa

Tinubu Square (formerly Independence Square) is an open-space landmark on Broad Street. The square is named after the Yoruba slave trader, merchant, and aristocrat Madam Efunroye Tinubu (1810-87) and there is a statue of her amidst the fountains.  She was at one time the wife of Oba Adele of Lagos (died 1837), and a shrewd business tycoon who wielded enormous economic power across Western Africa in the 19th century.  The square used to be called Ita Tinubu before it was named Independence Square by leaders of the First Nigerian Republic.  The square is iron fenced with two flowing fountains, flowers, and tropical trees.  It also contains a life-size statue of Madam Tinubu on a cenotaph.

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