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Notes on the Geography of Nigeria: Oshogbo: Photo 16

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This is the Arch of the Flying Tortoise. It's the main gate into the Ojubo Oshogbo, which is to say the Oshogbo site for prayers. Conceived by Wenger, the original arch collapsed and was rebuilt by Wenger's chief collaborator, Adebisi Akanji, and his son, Nurudeen. As the son's name indicates, Adebisi was a Muslim. By profession, he was also a bricklayer, though one accustomed to the so-called Brazilian style introduced to Nigeria by returned slaves. This meant that besides laying brick he also designed and built ornamental animals in concrete. Beier writes that "it requires a person as sensitive as Adebisi Akanji to understand, interpret and execute Suzanne Wenger's unusual ideas," which may be true but which doesn't quite clarify who's done what.

See Beirer, p. 98.

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