The Queen’s Carriage 2
The Queen’s Carriage
The Royal Train 3
The Royal Train
The Royal Train 2
The nature of man is fleeting, a more complicated expression is Transient. This is even more glaring in a culture that scorns history in all it’s form. Once a person or object no longer has immediate importance it is discarded. During the recent historical tour of Open House Lagos 2017, i went for the tour of The Railway compound Ebute Metta, Lagos.
This area is a trove of historical buildings and gems, one of which is featured in the images above. In an abandoned train shed sits the very train Queen Elizabeth the Second and her husband Prince Philip used for a trip to Ibadan from Lagos during her tour of Nigeria in 1956. It’s now a blackened, decaying husk with graffiti all over, a shadow of itself after years of active duty.
P.S – For photos from that Tour visit this link -> TheNETng looks back at Queen Elizabeth’s 1956 tour of Nigeria
Grand Entry of Holy Cross Cathedral Lagos
Open Doors of Holy Cross Cathedral
Holy Cross Cathedral
Stained Glass Windows of Holy Cross Cathedral Lagos BW
Skyward Spires of Holy Cross Cathedral Lagos
“valued objects and qualities such as historic buildings and cultural traditions that have been passed down from previous generations.”
Lagos has heritage, Culture and a Resilient people who have seen history and left their mark in so many ways. Historic buildings and sites litter the bustling city of Lagos and i had a great opportunity to visit them during the Open House Lagos 2017 Event. The SACRED SITES TOUR, even though short was a real eye opener.
The Holy Cross Cathedral is credited with being the birth place of Catholicism in Nigeria.
Check the link below on it’s birth and history of Catholicism in Nigeria.
A Brief History Of Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Lagos
Heritage designation: Lagos State Grade 3 listed building
Architect(s): Lazarus Borges da Silva and Francisco Nobre
Style: French Gothic
Years built: 1934-1939
Music Entourage of the King
Lone Player of the Talking Drum 2
Lone Player of the Talking Drum
In the Yoruba kingdom, it is customary for the king to be ushered in to any event or anywhere with music. His title demands it and this King was no different, during his visit to my camp we were entertained by his entourage as he was ushered in and also during his speech they chorused his praises.
– The musical instrument in the first picture is a Sekere. A Sekere is a melodic shaker; beads or cowrie shells beautifully wound around a gourd, shaken, beaten by fists occasionally and thrown in the air to create a festive mood.
– The musical instrument in the last two pictures is a Talking Drum. The talking drum is an hourglass-shaped drum from West Africa, whose pitch can be regulated to mimic the tone and prosody of human speech.
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