“The John Randle Centre is the first of many initiatives aimed at the preservation of the heritage of the Yoruba through the celebration and preservation of history and culture, the regeneration of decades old public green space, public recreation facilities, and the restoration of civic pride. Onikan will be the catalyst for a vibrant and tourist friendly quarter in the heart of Lagos Island.”

Babajide Sanwoolu, Governor of Lagos State


The John Randle Centre

The John Randle Centre is a major development in the African museum experience. It offers a major true celebration of Yoruba culture and heritage – from the past, in the present and into the future.

At the heart of the regeneration of Central Lagos, it is a destination project aimed at local and international tourists.

The project, proudly commissioned by Lagos State, is set in a highly accessible location in the cultural district of the Marina and Onikan region.

For almost 90 years, the John Randle Centre at Onikan Lagos was an important civic facility that served as a venue for swimming, recreation, and entertainment. It featured a swimming pool commissioned by Dr John Randle, who envisaged it as a resource to teach Lagosians to swim. A pool will remain a feature of the new project. The Centre will house multiple facilities, including a world-class exhibition of Yoruba culture. Details about the 2021 opening date, hours, and tickets will be released soon. Learn more…