Almost 30 years ago, the first private museum in Nigeria – DIDI Museum was opened in Lagos at 175 Akin Adesola, Victoria Island. DIDI museum represents the first private effort to coordinate, preserve and exhibit our collective heritage from the North, South, East and West of Nigeria and indeed, from across the whole continent of Africa. The museum represents our struggles, our progress and most importantly, our shared African character.
On 11 May 1983, DIDI Museum was officially inaugurated within the private house of the founder, Dr Newton Jibunoh. It was founded in memory of Edith Jibunoh (DIDI), late sister of the founder who died at an early age. The institution was inaugurated by His Royal Highness, Alhaji Ado Bayero, the Emir of Kano who is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
The inaugural exhibition featured two painters, Kenny Adamson and Adam Ajunam and they exhibited over 75 works in the five-day exhibition. The number of visitors was about 1200. In the words of the then Director-General of the National Commission of Museums and Monuments, Dr Ekpo Eyo, Didi “is an excellent first attempt of this kind of venture by a private citizen.”
DIDI Museum also offers the following services: Book-reading, Poetry & Jazz night, Rental of our multi-purpose hall and boardroom for your special events, conferences, dine-ins, and trainings