Firstly I must apologize for not posting in a long time. I have been trying to switch sites from my previous WordPress blog to my personal space; Yay! I am a bit excited about my new website. Still, I am sorry for being MIA. For those who are just visiting my site for the first time I say a big welcome to you and for my old and amazing readers; I appreciate you all. In October 2016, I began my journey to visit 25 Nigerian states before turning 25, you can read about it here . I have visited 7 states so far and I have 18 more to go. In the introduction to my journey (link above), I stated that I schooled in Ogun state for 4 years and stemming from that, this Post is about the parts of Ogun State which I have encountered and experienced
Ogun state is quite an interesting state. It is a historical place in Nigeria because it is the genesis of journalism profession which started with the birth of ‘Iwe Iroyin fun awon Egba ati Yoruba’ in 1859 in Abeokuta by Henry Townsend. Did you know that this state also has the highest number of registered (private) universities and higher institutions in Nigeria? The state is also notable for having a high concentration of industrial estates and being a major manufacturing hub in Nigeria.
The State has several tourist attractions (like the Abeokuta Museum, Centenary Hall,Omo Forestry Reserve, etc), but due to my School set up, I was only able to visit one of them- the famous Olumo Rock. Sometime in my 1st year, I was there on an excursion with my course mates back in school (Covenant University, Ota). It is worthy of note that Ota is described as as the commercial centre of the state because of its proximity with Lagos State. The journey took about 100 minutes, all the way from school.
Olumo rock is in the ancient city centre of Abeokuta – a name which means “Under the rock” .It was used as a fortress by the Egba people in the early 19th century; The rock provided sanctuary to the people as well as a vantage point to monitor the enemy’s advance leading to eventual triumph in war. (Source: Wikipedia )
-Main entrance of the Olumo Rock
Before going in through the entrance (image above) we were required to pay a gate fee but, it was sorted out by our school personnel who accompanied us.
At Olumo rock there are Art Galleries, art shops and a restaurant.
-View of an Art Gallery.
We met with some of the tour guides, who then showed us places at the Rock. We were shown the Olumo main Shrine, The Egba war time hide out and some other significant places around the rock.
Unfortunately, I lost most of my pictures from the trip but a big shoutout to Godspower; my ex-course-mate and friend who helped me with the pictures. There are stairs and an elevator which you can take although the elevator wasn’t functional the day we went there. I looked forward to climbing the rocks as I heard that is where the the real adventure is; however for me, I started but was too sacred to continue so I ended up using the stairs. *covers face *
After climbing up I made it up to the top..
-See how I was carried like a baby.
It was quite an adventurous day; We left Olumo rock, stopped to get food in Abeokuta town and headed back to school. Writing this post makes me miss my Amazing course mates. A big shoutout to Covenant University Sociology class of 2016. Could this post be fully complete without talking about my ex-university? Yeah as much as I am glad that I am done with that phase of my Life; I still miss the serene university environment. Covenant University is surely a beautiful place to behold.
Pictures by @midewey.
I will be Exploring Cross river, Enugu, Rivers and Akwa Ibom in the next few weeks/months. Please, I am keen on knowing the places I can explore well in these states. Kindly leave them in the comments. Thank you so much for stopping by my new site. Please do well to Like, comment and also please let me know what you think of my new site too. I am still fully open to Suggestions, partnerships and Sponsorships
Till my next Journey!!