Fajuyi Memorial Park has become one of the popular tourist attractions in Ekiti State. The Park was established in memory of Adekunle Fajuyi. He is a vibrant military Governor of the Western region of Nigeria in the sixties. He was murdered in a counter military coup on 29th July 1966.
About Adekunle Fajuyi
His full name is Francis Adekunle Fajuyi. Adekunle Fajuyi was born on 26th June 1926 in Ekiti State. He is a Nigerian soldier from Ekiti origin. He became the first military Governor of the Western Region now known as South West, Nigeria. Fajuyi came into power after a successful coup in January 1966.
He joined the Nigerian military in 1943. Adekunle Fajuyi was appointed as the Western Region Governor by late General Aguiyi Ironsi. Aguiyi was the first Nigerian Military Head of State after he forcefully took over from the civilian. He forcefully took power from the civilian government leaving some top military personnel and the then prime minister Tafawa Balewa dead. Aguiyi Ironsi then appointed Fajuyi as the Governor of the Western region. This didn’t go well with some top major from the Northern side who in retaliation, plotted a counter-coup which left Fajuyi and Aguiyi Ironsi dead in a bloody battle.
In a bid to make Ekiti State a tourist hub, the Government has created facilities for fun lovers.
Facilities at Fajuyi Memorial Park
Fajuyi Memorial park is well equipped with facilities for adults and kids. It has different sections with facilities for all age groups and needs. The Park has been upgraded to meet international standard.
Museum: The memorial park has a museum with memorabilia, insignias and record of the past former Governor of Western Nigeria and other heroes from Ekiti. It is a six-storey tower named the Ekiti Heroes Museum. It also tells the stories pf thirty icons of heroism in Ekiti.
The Arena: This is an area dedicated to picnics, birthday celebration, picnics, musical shows, aerobics and fitness. It is an open area for live shows and recreational activities. It is an open-air facility that can accommodate different religious, political and entertainment activities.
The Fountain: Fajuyi Memorial Park comes with a beautiful fountain which ads to the beauty of this park.
Children Play Ground: It offers Children’s playground with facilities to keep your kids entertained.
The Burial Site Of Adekunle Fajuyi: The memorial park also hosts the final resting place of Adekunle Fajuyi. Adekunle Fajuyi was buried here and ever since, it has become one of the popular tourist attractions in Ekiti State.
Game Arcade: Fajuyi park also has a game arcade for kids it has different games to keep children entertained.
Restaurant / Bar: The site also has a lovely restaurant and bar where you can relax and have a sumptuous meal.
Swimming pool: It has a shallow pool where visitors can swim and engage in different water sporting activities like kayaking, swimming etc.
Things to Do at Fajuyi Memorial Park
- Organise picnics
- Organise a party/show
- Learn more about the Ekiti Past leaders
- Order some rich traditional food
The Entrance fee to the Fajuyi Memorial Park is 500 Per person. You will be required to pay for some other facilities within the Park such as Kayaking, roller coaster etc.
Location of Fajuyi Memorial Park
Fajuyi Memorial Park is situated at Fajuyi Ln, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State.
Pictures of Fajuyi Memorial Park Ekiti
Beautiful pictures from Fajuyi Park in Ekiti state.
Other Tourist Attractions in Ekiti
These are some other popular tourist attractions in Ekiti State.
- Ikogosi Warm Spring
- Arinta Waterfall
- Ureje Dam