Memories from Assop falls and Riyom Rock Formation, Jos Plateau

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After travelling over 30 kilometers from Assop waterfalls, he began to approach the ring-dyke terrains of Bukuru.
Something along the roadside caught his eye. He immediately pulled over his tòkunbò Toyota, and dashed out to see the gigantic rock-god, posed a few meters away from the road.

Already, his mind had been lassoed by the enchanting showers of Assop Waterfalls, that it was as if he was still chest-deep in its frigid plunge pools, looking up and wondering if life in the cities could just be as soothing as that.
And here again is another riveting enigma that has uncontrollably pulled him off his already-calculated ETA to Jos.

The enchanting Assop waterfalls. ©flickr.com

He stood at the Jos-Bukuru roadside, staring at some adroitly sculpted rocks. The rocks rise from a sea of granite boulders and assume the form of a clown’s hat, ostentatiously poised and ensconced on lush verdant fields. These awe-inspiring rocks are none other than the Riyom Rock formation, located some 25km from Jos along the Jos-Akwanga road, Plateau State, North-Central Nigeria.

With each boulder precariously balanced on one another, the 3-dimensional vistas of Riyom rocks will definitely never cease to inspire the adventurous photographer. The subtle semblance between the outline of the rock formation and the geographical boundaries of the state is also another fascinating spectacle about the rocks.

Irrespective of the recent unrest in Jos, the Nigerian heart will still be thankful that those blood-thirty bullets of violence haven’t severed off the “clown’s hat” at Riyom rocks. Hopefully, someday soon, everlasting peace shall embrace our once-thriving haven of choice tourist destination, Jos Plateau.


The enigmatic Riyom Rock Formation. ©gboosa.com


The “Clown’s Hat” form of the topmost boulder. ©gboosa.com


Riyom Rock formation (viewed from the southern direction)


Riyom Rock formation (viewed from the northern direction). ©gboosa.com


The subtle semblance between riyom rock and the map of its host state- Plateau State


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This article was written by Folarin Kolawole

Founder of Naijatreks, Nigerian-born Folarin Kolawole is a geologist, travel writer and researcher. When not at work, he travels the length and breadth of Nigeria, exploring, taking photos and writing about her numerous hidden tourist potentials.   'Naijatreks' is a product name registered under the Ntreks brand, which is also duly registered by Nigeria's Federal Corporate Affairs Commission. The contents on this blog are re-usable. However, it must be ensured that it is linked back to this blog, and correctly attributed to Naijatreks or the author. Please do not edit, rewrite or commercialize the original works on this blog without direct and written permission from the Founder (Folarin Kolawole). For inquiries and advert placement on the blog, kindly contact us at info@naijatreks.com or naijatreks@gmail.com.


omidiji_ronke@yahoo.com' Ronke OmidijiJanuary 17, 2011 at 6:08 pmReply

this is so beautiful!

The write up, the picture (i keep looking at them over and over again with awe) and all….this is in Nigeria???!!!
Mehn! we are so blessed!!!

Thank God for people like you that are digging these stuffs out and i hope our Government will revive some of these place and turn them to big tourist centers.
Good work bro!
I doff my hat.
Keep at the good work!!!

Folarin KolawoleJanuary 17, 2011 at 7:07 pmReply

@ me…thanks so much for the comment…I couldn’t take my eyes off too in wonder of nature’s expressions even through those awesome rocks.

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suzan@kivuliholidays.com' SuzanJanuary 25, 2011 at 10:13 amReply

I’m totally FLOORED with AWE! You guys need to get off your … and do some serious marketing of the Nigerian tourism!

Folarin KolawoleJanuary 25, 2011 at 10:24 amReply

@ Suzan…thanks for dropping by…yeah…we are getting there…Nigerian tourism is too hot to be hidden under the bushel…we will surely get there…We Will. thanks again

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dolapoapata@yahoo.com' dolrocOctober 27, 2012 at 8:11 pmReply

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