Ilojo Bar

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Ilojo Bar & Restaurant
Ilojo bar.jpg
Location Lagos Island, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
Material concrete
Completion date 1855
Dismantled date 11 September 2016
a service advert on a 1939 publication of Daily Times of Nigeria

Ilojo Bar, also called Olaiya House or Casa do Fernandez, was a Brazilian-styled historic building located near Tinubu Square in Lagos Island, Lagos State, Nigeria.[1][2] It was originally built as a bar and restaurant in 1855 by the Fernandez family who employed returning ex-slaves who had mastered the art of building while in South America.[3] Ilojo Bar was subsequently sold to Alfred Omolana Olaiya of the Olaiya family in 1933 and was declared a national monument in 1956 by the National Commission for Museums and Monuments.[4]

The name "Ilojo Bar"[edit]

After the house was sold to Daniel Omolona Olaiya in 1933, he renamed the building "Ilojo Bar" after his hometown of "Ilojo" in Ijesa Isu, Ekiti State.[5]


The building was pulled down on Sunday, 11 September 2016, in suspicious circumstances during the Eid weekend in Lagos.[6][7] The matter is still being investigated. The land is now under the control of the Lagos State Government.[8][9]


  1. ^ Hakeem B. Harunah (2000). Nigeria's defunct slave ports: their cultural legacies and touristic value. First Academic Publishers. ISBN 978-978-34902-3-9. 
  2. ^ Edvige Jean-François; Chris Giles (19 July 2017). "Lagos' Afro-Brazilian architecture faces down the bulldozers". Cable News Network. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  3. ^ Alex Ikechukwu Okpoko; Pat Uche Okpoko (2002). Tourism in Nigeria. Afro-Orbis Publications. ISBN 978-978-35253-8-2. 
  4. ^ Udemma Chukwuma (22 October 2014). "'Bring Ilojo Bar back to life'". The Nation Newspaper. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "A Tragedy of Confusing Interests". ktravula - a travelogue!. 2016-10-02. Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  6. ^ "161-year-old Ilojo Bar demolished - The Nation Nigeria". 2016-09-13. Retrieved 2016-09-18. 
  7. ^ "A Failure All Around". ktravula - a travelogue!. 2016-10-03. Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  8. ^ "Update on the Demolition of Ilojo Bar". 2016-09-18. Retrieved 2016-09-19. 
  9. ^ Joseph Jibueze (28 September 2016). "Why Ilojo bar was demolished, by family". The Nation. Retrieved 30 September 2016.