… Just in case you ever consider it.
I don’t even know how to class this: a candid advise or a tactless joke…
One thing I know, Nigerians have been dealt another vicious blow with the fuel ‘subsidy removal thing’.
I for one would just stay put and subsist in this my village for a long time; and in case you don’t hear from me for a long time, I would posted if I had fuel in my Gen.
Anyways, in case the rustic life of the Nigerian countryside is becoming glamorous (thanks to the subsidy) here are five (5) ‘hot’ locations you might consider relocating to:
1. Soku Island, Niger Delta
Soku Island takes first position on the Naijatreks Top 5 outback villages for relocation in Nigeria.
Soku Island is located in southern Rivers State, at the junction of numerous creeks. If you are living in Soku, you need not worry about transportation problem because the village has got a fleet of dugout canoes with a hundred paddles to serve your community-community, community-farm as well as community-fishing camp shuttles.
You also need not worry about fuelling generators to charge your phones because there is almost no serious telecommunication network in the area.
At Soku, the fear of Bokko Harram is totally non-existent as the ‘Niger Delta boyz’ provide great protection for their zone.
Food is also not a major problem, since you are surrounded by water…
you go chop fish, crab and periwinkle tire!
2. Old-Oke Idanre, Idanre Hills
Old-Oke Idanre takes the second position, based on its lofty and wonderful location, far up in the gigantic hills of Idanre, Ondo state.
If you are living in Old-Oke Idanre, fueling your car to move around is not necessary, because all foot paths are well connected with short-cuts to every and any where you need to go in the area. You can easily climb a rock and you’ll just land on another street. Shikenna!!
If you are worried about the recent bomb blasts in Nigeria, and you need a place where the hands of Bokko Harram cannot reach you, Old-Oke Idanre is your destination. The location is so high, and the rocks so slippery and hot that the thin legs of the BH boys will turn to roasted suya sticks before they get half way.
The village is has a primary school, magistrate court, market square, water supply etc. You need not worry about source of water on the hills since Arun river and numerous rock pools to meet your needs. Idanre is also very rich in cocoa.
You go chop cocoa-pod bellefull, you sef go dey happy!
3. Massenger Village, Farin-Ruwa Waterfalls
Massenger is located some kilometres from Farin Ruwa Waterfalls in Nassarawa State. The landscape is breath-taking, the weather is cool, the people are amazing and the footpaths are smooth, well connected with numerous short-cuts to desired destinations within the area. If you dislike trekking, just get a bicycle and you are going to enjoy the rest of your stay.
Aside the waterfalls and its river which is nearby, there’s a dam (artificial) also in the vicinity which provides water supply and plenty fishes for the people.
If you get too bored in Massenger, you can easily bike down the footpaths to the nearby Kwam village and enjoy moonlight activities with the villagers. – you know ‘kinda like clubbing in tha villa’
Although, the area is within the north-central portion of the country, the human population here is small, and distance from civilization is quite far, making it unlikely that Bokko Harram will come bombing.
4. Abake, Olumirin Waterfalls
Number Four position is Abake village, located at the zenith of Effon Ridge, at Olumirin Waterfalls, Erin-Ijesa, in Osun state. You will need to climb the seven cascades of the waterfalls to get to this village.
At Abake, you need not worry about fueling generators to charge phones, because there is no telecommunication network there; infact pumping water from your borehole to get water for cooking, washing or other domestic purposes is absolutely unnecessary since the waterfalls keep running 24-7.
You need not worry about cooking gas since the hill tops are full of big trees to provide your firewood.
The people are good cassava farmers, and therefore produce a lot of gari which they freely give foreigners who come visiting.
You go soak gari soh teh cassava go begin dey grow from ya eye!
5. Isarun, Iho-Eleeru Cave
Our last but not the least choice location is Isarun, a sleepy town reposed in the shadows of Iho-Eleeru Cave, in Ondo State. Numerous bicycles abound in the small town, making the use of cars and motorcycles a luxury top the people. Once you have a bicycle, you are good to go.
Our ancestors had once lived at the cave, so you can just feel at home there.
Also, rich farmlands enclose all the disjointed camps of Isarun village, therefore, food is the least of your worries.
Like I said, you might not see me in the cities for a while, but if there is any meaningful contribution required of me to change the status quo, I would gladly take the next available bus to join the movement – even though doing so might cost me a good fraction of my savings!!