LASG & THE J K RANDLE CENTER TOURISM HUB PROJECT!
As part of plans to transform Marina and the Onikan region into a hub for tourism and recreational activity, Lagos State Government has started the remodeling the John K (JK) Randle Arcade into a recreation/tourism center dubbed the JK Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture and History. After being demolished in Q3:2016, the Lagos State Government announced the renovation of the center as well as the development of museums, cultural theatres and heritage centers under the tourism segment of the proposed budget.
Lagos based architects Si.Sa established their concept for the design of the property on the idea of liberation; the weave as an inconspicuous but visible facet of Yoruba existence and the South West, which is made up of forests and plains.
Construction Kaiser Limited (CKL), who have significant experience in the development of bank branches and industrial schemes, were appointed as the main contractor to the project in September 2017. The center is located at the loop of the Onikan roundabout and covers an area of approximately 11,000 square. It is expected to not only reflect the culture and tradition of the Yoruba’s and contemporary African Art, it is designed to bring about first class sporting, relaxation and social activities.
Chief Joseph Kosoniola Randle (1909 – 1956) was a Nigerian businessman and socialite from Lagos. He was Cheif de Mission of the Nigerian Olympic team to Melbourne and was connected to various public activities in Lagos. Chief Randle was a social crusader and philanthropist who started the Nigerian arm of the Anti-Tuberculosis Society, a member of the Lagos Town Council but his politics discouraged extreme nationalism and was a sportsman.
He was born on July 28, 1909, his father was John K. Randle, a medical doctor and his mother came from the Aguda side of Lagos. He was educated at CMS Grammar School, Lagos and King’s College, Lagos. In college, he loved playing football cricket and was a member and first captain of Zik’s Athletic club. Born to a well to do father but when his father died, much of his estate was left elsewhere for philanthropic purposes. At the time of his father’s death, Randle was in the senior year of King’s College and his dream of attending a university became financial infeasible. He worked for a brief period as a junior clerk with the treasury department, in the same office with Adeniji Adele. Randle later moved to Ilesha to try his luck in gold mining. He was not successful in the mining business and returned to Lagos and engaged in trade, contract and business promotion where he earned some income. He held the title of Lisa of Lagos given to him by Oba Adeniji Adele and was a founding member and later chairman of the Island club. He was a sports enthusiast who was vice president of the Nigerian Olympic and British Empire and Commonwealth Games Association and a trustee of the proposed National Stadium. Randle was the Cheif de Mission of the Nigerian Olympic team to the 1956 Summer Olympics. He was awarded the medal of Victorian Order. He took ill on his flight from Melbourne and later died at the Lagos General Hospital in December, 1956. He was chairman of the Lagos Race Club in 1956.