Mungo Park Building, Asaba. Discover the unassuming building with a long, venerable history.
On a little winding road along Nnebisi in Asaba, Delta State sits a building that once stood sentinel over a colonial world filled with conflict. Though all that remains are vestiges of a once stately monument, the cracks in the woodwork hold a history no one can take away from it. This was the Nigerian administrative secretariat during the colonial period. It was the operational base for the United Africa Company (formerly the Royal Niger Company), owned and managed by the British for trade forays into Nigeria. This is Mungo Park House.
Although the building was named after Scottish explorer Mungo Park he never lived here, contrary to speculation. The building was named after him in recognition of his numerous attempts to open up the Niger River for trade investments.
It was on this building that the Union Flag was first mounted. When Asaba was the colonial headquarters for the British, this building operated as the first consulate of Queen Victoria.
Since then it has housed various organisations and public bodies, including the Oshimili Council, the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), a school for those with disabilities and the Water Regulatory Board.
For over a century this building has been put to productive, controversial and momentous use. It is a building of significance for Nigeria – a part of our history.