ABEOKUTA- “refuge among rocks”

 

Destination- Abeokuta,Nigeria

Language- Yoruba

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;

  • Alake’s Palace
  • 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.

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Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library

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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

 

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Olumo Rock
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One of the rooms in the rock
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My view from the rock

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narrow passage to the top of the rock
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The two heads standing symbolize the two warriors that survived the war
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IROKO TREE
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Can you spot the Ogun River?

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.

 

 

 

 

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16 thoughts on “ABEOKUTA- “refuge among rocks”

  1. Wow!! Gorgeous pictures and a very interesting analysis of your trip to Abeokuta.

    The Olumo Rock is definitely one of Nigeria’s pride and has become a haven for tourists (Nigerians alike), its old however but then, its meant to be old

    Thanks for sharing this, cant wait for your next trip👏🏼

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  2. Lovely post. I’ve been to the rock once and it was a lovely sight. Would have loved to see more pictures of the library though.

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  3. Oh I missed…wish I had gone. But you did a great job narrating and what lovely pictures. I’m curiouse though about the traditional route to the top of the rock .Does it involve teleporting or what 🤔.
    Kudos Kido☺.

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    1. Hahahahahahaha @ teleporting, you should have seen how a guy (i guess he is an indigene ) went through that narrow passage effortlessly. Some people i went with were adventurous enough to try and they slithered their way to the top. Maybe ill try next time so i can narrate the ordeal. Thanks Genny

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  4. Kool stuff, proud of you. Am your no1 fan, even if I don’t say or express it. Waiting to see the world tru your eyes here.

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  5. we have really beautiful and sentence places in Nigeria. Thanks for Shari g with the world one of our remarkable and serene tourist attraction….very detailed narrative…well done

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