Beautiful Nigeria: The Nana’s Palace, Delta State

Built by a powerful nineteenth Century indigenous entrepreneur, Nana Olomu (1852–1916) who was an Itsekiri chief and merchant from the Niger Delta region of south-south Nigeria.

The palace is located at Koko in Warri North Local Government area. The Palace has been recognized and approved as a National Monument.

Chief Nana’s Palace is a living history museum dedicated to the life and deeds of Chief Nana of Olomu, a powerful nineteenth-century entrepreneur who is notable for his extended contact with the British Empire.

Nana Olomu was born into the Itsekiri community of Jakpa around 1852. He was a merchant who later became the fourth Itsekiri chief to hold the position of Governor of Benin River. Although born as “Eriomala”, he became known by his pet name “Nana”.

As a reflection of the grandeur of his achievements, Nana built this magnificent edifice at the turn of the century. It houses his personal effects and evidence of his contact with the Queen, administrators and traders of the British Empire.

This Palace has now become recognized and approved as one of the national monuments.

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