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Top 10 Must-Have Travel Essentials

Top 10 Must-Have Travel Essentials

It’s interesting how common it is to forget the most important, and sometimes the most basic, things when packing for a trip, isn’t it? It’s usually easier to have a list of the things you need to pack when travelling, but even with a list sometimes it’s difficult to find a place to put these…

Photos from the Grand Finale of Osun-Osogbo Festival 2014

Photos from the Grand Finale of Osun-Osogbo Festival 2014

This year’s Osun-Osogbo Festival, which took place between 18th-23rd August, 2014 in the ancient town of Osogbo, south-west Nigeria, was concluded in an array of beautiful and fascinating cultural activities. On the last day of the week-long festival, the virgin maiden, known as Arugbá, who serves as mediator between the people and the river goddess- …

Osun-Osogbo Festival 2014: Lighting of the 500-year-old Sixteen-point Lamp #AtupaOlojumerindinlogun

Osun-Osogbo Festival 2014: Lighting of the 500-year-old Sixteen-point Lamp #AtupaOlojumerindinlogun

As this year’s edition of Osun-Osogbo Festival progresses, the various marked-out activities/events are gradually being checked out. One of the most exciting events at the festival is the lighting of the 500-year-old sixteen-point lamp called Àtùpà Olójúmérindínlógún. During this event, the ancient sixteen-point lamp is kept burning from dusk to dawn while the people celebrate…

Kano City Walls: Destroyed by Explosives or by Human Hands?

Kano City Walls: Destroyed by Explosives or by Human Hands?

We heard in July, 2011, that the Nigerian Federal Government announced plans to rehabilitate the Kano City Walls. Till today, the walls are still a shadow of their former majesty. The beauty and pride of Kano people can no longer be seen and is gradually crumbling like a pack of cards. These walls are a…

See Photos: Naijatreks’ Amazing Trip to Ondo-Osun!

See Photos: Naijatreks’ Amazing Trip to Ondo-Osun!

Early on the morning of Saturday, 2nd August, 2014, our travel group set off on a quest to conquer the soaring and daunting heights of the massive Effon Ridge in Osun State, on which cascades the seven stages of Olumirin Waterfalls (also known as Erin-Ijesa Falls). One of the attractions on the trip was to…

Oke Ado Mountain- A Photographer’s Delight

Oke Ado Mountain- A Photographer’s Delight

Ado Awaye, a quaint little town in Oyo State is a throwback to the earlier times of Nigeria. Looking at some places around town, you may think you have arrived at a Nollywood set which is characteristic of many villages in Nigeria. You see goats sauntering lazily around, displaying their sure-footed nature as they climb…

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…

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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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