Monday 29 November 2021

The Palace Called Ile Nla At Ile Ife

I was at the Aafin Ile Ife and this is the interior of Ile-Nla built by Eng Taft or so in the 1920s. This is one of the early examples of colonial architecture that are not strictly Greco-Roman as the nearby Museum. Check out the two Opomulero (carved posts) used merely as decorative elements. In the pre-colonial days, these Opomulero were structural elements and not decorative elements. Early colonial architecture transformed them as we see here into decorative elements. By 1950s, colonial architecture was more defined by modernism, without space for Opomulero, but forms following functions. Making my Opomulero structural again is what it means to decolonize. 

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