Location- 7°9′39″N 3°20′54″E
The trip started with little hitches here and there. The initial estimated time of departure was scheduled for 9AM from the train station at Ebute-Metta, Lagos and then return back to Lagos 7 Pm but we eventually left at 11:30AM, big shout out to Nigerian Railway Corporation *side-eye*.The Train ride compensated for the delay as it was quite unusual.The organizers of the tour tried their best to keep us entertained as there was a DJ,board games,lots of dancing, food and happy people.Got to Abeokuta at 2:30 PM and was very tired and way behind schedule.
Places we planned to visit;
- Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library
- Olumo rock
The organizers of the tour Out Of Africa Project decided to skip the visit to the Alake’s palace in order to get back to Lagos at a decent time.
The Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential library beat my expectations. I wasn’t enthusiastic about going there ,boy am i glad i did. Its the first of its kind in Africa and is filled with so many relics. It is a testimony of Chief Obasanjo’s accomplishments in Nigeria, Africa and the world. Sorry guys, they have a strict policy on pictures so i could only get a few.
We were at the Library for about an hour. It was a 15 minutes bus ride to OLUMO ROCK.
Olumo Rock is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Nigeria. It provided sanctuary for the Egba people for 3 years in time of war in the 16th century. Although I was very tired at this point i was looking forward to seeing this beauty, the main reason for my trip to Abeokuta. The tour guides on the mountain gave us a brief history of the rock and the important functions it still plays till date. People go there to worship the rock which is seen as a deity, they go there to ask for wealth and children. Sacrifice is offered to the rock so that prayers are answered and also so nobody ever falls of the rock while climbing.
The next stop was the old rooms used by egbas. However, due to poor maintenance the structure had collapsed but we could see a few items. Another remarkable stop was the sopona (or shopona) shrine. This shrine houses the god of small pox popular to the yoruba people. People still go there to get healing.
At this point we got to a very narrow corridor that is said to be the traditional way to get to the top of the mountain. I wasn’t having that LOL so I opted to use man-made stairs. The view at the top of the mountain is breathtaking! I could see the Ogun river and the popular IROKO TREE .
The lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom i take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.Psalm 18:2
This was an educative trip to Abeokuta and I enjoyed every moment of it. I got back to Lagos at about 10:30 PM exhausted.