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Final Dates Announced for Osun Osogbo 2014!

Final Dates Announced for Osun Osogbo 2014!

A press briefing on the annual Osun Osogbo Festival was hosted on high note early this month at Eko Hotels and conference Centre, Lagos. The Osun Osogbo 2014 programme unveiling featured guests, royalty, artistes, corporate representatives and members of the media. The final dates for this year’s edition of the festival is Monday, August 18…

Ado-Awaye Suspended Lake… The Heartbeat of Oke-Ogun

Ado-Awaye Suspended Lake… The Heartbeat of Oke-Ogun

High in the sky soars the tranquil Iyake Lake, also known as Ado-Awaye Lake, reposed graciously at the peak of Oke-Ado Mountain in Oyo State, southwest Nigeria. These mountains spread from Ado-Awaye town into the surrounding plains, standing imposingly above the verdant rainforests; and they hold numerous natural, cultural and historical attractions which are of…

Boston Museum returns Eight Stolen Art works to Nigeria

Boston Museum returns Eight Stolen Art works to Nigeria

Some of the works, acquired in good faith by donor in the 1990s, were accompanied by forged documentation Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts has returned eight sculptures to Nigeria. They had been acquired by a donor who had bought them from American and European dealers in the 1990s. Earlier this month, the group was restituted…

See Photos of Naijatreks Trip to the Sacred Oke-Ado Mountains of Oyo

See Photos of Naijatreks Trip to the Sacred Oke-Ado Mountains of Oyo

Last Sunday, 29th June, 2014, Naijatreks took a group of amazing, beautiful and fun people on a trip to the Oke-Ado Mountains of Oke-Ogun, Oyo State, south-west Nigeria. We took off from Lagos at 8:00am, snaked our way through the ancient town of Abeokuta, to connect Abeokuta-Iseyin road and finally arrived at Ado-Awaye town at…

Can you pronounce Agbegilodo?

Can you pronounce Agbegilodo?

These trucks, popularly called “Agbegilodo” (Agbégilódò) in south-western Nigeria, are one of the most common sights on Nigerian inter-state highway roads. The term ‘agbegilodo’ is a Yoruba word which means ‘one who fetches wood from the stream’. You cannot but know them if you are a frequent traveler on Nigeria’s highways. For decades, these trucks…

Glorious Abacha! a.k.a. African Salad…That’s what we found on our way to Awhum Waterfall, Enugu

Glorious Abacha! a.k.a. African Salad…That’s what we found  on our way to Awhum Waterfall, Enugu

  Standing along the dusty road leading down towards Awhum Monastery, northwest of Enugu, eastern Nigeria, where the charming Awhum limestone Caves and Waterfalls are located; is a young lady who had a big bowl filled with whitish shreds of edible stuff in front of her. Numerous pilgrims stop by to buy the stuff from…

The Anchor of Last Slave Ship recently excavated at Badagry Lagoon Front

The Anchor of Last Slave Ship recently excavated at Badagry Lagoon Front

  Upon the beach sands of the old slave port at Badagry, southwest Nigeria, lie a small field of rock cobbles which were use used to mark the area where an old anchor was found buried. According to our  tour guide, Mr. Anago who took us on a tour of Badagry, “the buried anchor was…

Queen of Sheba’s Tomb in Ijebu Ode: For those Who Don’t Believe [Photos]

Queen of Sheba’s Tomb in Ijebu Ode: For those Who Don’t Believe [Photos]

A site, hidden away in the dense rain forests of south-western Nigeria is believed to be the burial ground of the biblical Queen of Sheba. This burial site is itself located within a large area which is surrounded by the ancient Eredo earthwork and is believed to be the wealthy Queen Sheba’s Lost Kingdom. The…

Through the Belly of Eredo in Ijebu Land

Through the Belly of Eredo in Ijebu Land

  Your mysteries are forever locked within you, Enveloped in your green cocoon, I can’t help but wonder the hands that dug you, How carefully they worked, crafted and steered you.   Were they slaves or free born? Did they use their bare hands, metal or wooden tools? Did they sing or silently trudge through…

Sungbo’s Eredo in Ijebu Discovered: One of the Largest Archeological Phenomena South of the Sahara Desert

Sungbo’s Eredo in Ijebu Discovered: One of the Largest Archeological Phenomena South of the Sahara Desert

Over a thousand years ago in Ijebu land, a mysterious woman, Sungbo, carved out an empire whose ruins dwarf the pyramids of Egypt and even compare with the Great Wall of China, and is now considered one of the largest archeological phenomena on earth. The locals call these ruins “Sungbo’s Eredo”. The Eredo monument, hidden…

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At Idanre, one is confronted by stupefying vistas of the surrounding inselberg landscape bedecked with an enigmatic skyline of jagged peaks held in place by gigantic mountains smeared in glossy sheens of grey and silver- a cluster of intriguing inselbergs, towering high into the skies at the distant horizon. They are none but the magnificent Idanre Hills....
I was lost in amazement, enraptured by the swelling blue sea, caressed and cuddled by the sweeping puff of cool breeze, and staring blankly at the sandy beach dotted here and there by tourists, tanning in the sweet Saturday noon sun. A set of fishing canoes rested near the sea shore, where the raging bulge…
The plains stretched as far as the eyes could see, and the sleepy horizon was obscured by massive cones of varying colours- some lush green, and others, earthly brown, jutting out into the skies and standing imposingly like enormous sand heaps on a village farm. These are none but the volcanoes that blew Jos Plateau in North Central Nigeria; they are called the Kerang Volcanoes...
The tide was rising and a cloak of frigid air enfolded the Degema area. It was close to mid-night and the moon soared high into a nude sky. Standing on the veranda of the lower deck of our houseboat which had been carefully moored on the banks of Sambreiro River, somewhere between Nkpor and Ilelema…
Many rocks I’ve climbed, many hills I’ve conquered, ancient dwellings I have seen, many caves I’ve entered, but none like the magnificent rocks of Olumo… a bastion of massive granite, soaring high and proud into the ice-blue skies, smiling and glimmering upon the Ogun River and the ancient town of Abeokuta, south-western Nigeria.
Another big creek swell came up fast and silent, morning sunlight dancing in the skies flashed on its face. Rolling fast to my left, it lifted and dropped my eight-foot dugout canoe with the smooth motions of an elevator. I heaved a loud sigh and amidst the multitude of bird chatter around us, my two local guides at both ends of the canoe heard me and laughed. I smiled and shook my head, marvelling at how quickly they adjusted their oars and steered against the galloping waters.
I peeped through a hole on a massive tree trunk, and at me peeked a viscous sheet of mud-brown fluid punctuated at different corners by verdant water lilies and rimmed along its banks by radiant tall grasses. It was as if I had been enraptured in a dream of bliss. Beyond this tree I lift…
A mountain of blue-clad clouds sat in the sunny skies, the statue of Asodeboyede- the grandson of Oduduwa stood ready for battle before the ancient Oba’s Palace of Akure land, while a labyrinth of obfuscating sewers lies beneath it. The heavens open and spew out torrents of rain water upon the land; and though for…
So amazing it is to know that there is a place in Nigeria where exists the largest population of twins in the world. This place is Igbo-ora, small village in Oyo State, south-west Nigeria, more twins are born in Igbo-Ora than anywhere else on earth and that there are just few households who do not...
Where the sun dances along the skies as fingers of its light pierced through the air and race to the earth and the distant skyline blows up in shades of vivid blue hues as the sea kisses and melts into the clouds and the raging waters run towards the West-African coast in multiple waves and break into series of silvery foams as they crash upon the sun-tanned sands of the beaches.
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