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Today, I would be sharing my hiking experience with you guys, I am so excited about this
I visited the most talked about place in OGUN STATE, the popular rock in Africa history.
I went hiking at the Olumo rock in Abeokuta on Thursday 19th of March 2020 with my friends and it was fun, despite the fact that it was impromptu, we enjoyed every bit of our time at the tourist center
BRIEF HISTORY ABOUT OLUMO ROCK
Our tour started from the cave where people hid during the war and it was founded by a Benin hunter, he brought people there to hid during the war when they were shouting Egbawa o Abeokuta la de si (help us, we are under the rock)
The hunter named them Egba People and they hid under the cave for 300 years.
There are 5 holes inside the cave where they cooked for 300 years, the more the grind on the floor, the deeper the holes get
After the war, they consulted the oracle if they should go back to their town or remain in the cave and the oracle told them to stay there since that was the place they conquered the war
Which brought about the name Abeokuta
Moving on, we saw the place where they make yearly sacrifice which is conducted either by the Alake of Egba Land or the Chief priest where they use foreigners for the sacrifice then
But due to civilization they use a big black cow for the sacrifice now. People go to the shrine for 3 things now Abelowo(Money), Abelomo(Child) and Abelowo(Wealth)
When their prayers have been answered they go back to thank the idol with a bird(éyé awo) and a bottle of schnapps and the name of the shrine is ORISA OLUMO CHAMBER
Only one person enters the chamber yearly for the sacrifice and that’s the person making the sacrifice.
The person prays for the wellbeing of the people there, prays for the safety of the people climbing the rock not to fall down and they should be more wealthy
There is an iroko tree on the mountain which is 3000 years old.
HOW TO GET THERE
From anywhere in the town, just take a cab going to Ikija and drop in front of the tourist complex. I was already in city, so I spent 150 from my location to the resort
The gate fee to enter is #500 for children and #1000 for adults but we didn’t go in the normal way.
We entered through the back gate where we paid #500 instead of #1000 and #200 each for our tour guide making it a total of #3500 for our stay at the tourist complex
Is it illegal YES, it is but we saved money
THINGS TO DO AT THE OLUMO ROCK
- Learn about the history of the town
- Learn the origin of Yoruba
- Take beautiful pictures
- Go there to relax
- Enjoy the view at the top of the rock
HOW TO GET ON TOP OF THE ROCK
There are 3 different ways to get to the top of the rock, either you climb a narrow corner up, you use the staircase or the elevator but the elevator isn’t working
It is advisable to use the staircase because it Is the only safe way to get on top of the rock
The view on the rock is amazing and beautiful. You get to see the first central mosque, the first Anglican church in Nigeria and the first NTA mast
The breeze on the rock is on another level, if care is not taken, the breeze will take your phone from you
WHO SHOULD VISIT
- Someone that love adventure
- Someone that one to go hiking
- Someone that want to learn the history of Egba people
I would rate the place 7/10 because most of the things there ain’t in good condition but you still get to chill and take amazing pictures
Just because i love you guys, i made a video.. Watch video Here