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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…

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…

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…

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…

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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