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KA – LA – KU! KA-LA-KU-TA! You don’t need to love Fela’s Kalakuta Museum!

KA – LA – KU! KA-LA-KU-TA! You don’t need to love Fela’s Kalakuta Museum!

Like writing slates on the walls of a village nursery school, hundreds of ancient photos and newspaper pages tile the walls of his rooms and stairwell… And like treasures of diamond hidden in a secret cave, Fela’s clothes, musical instruments and shoes are kept intact in their original positions at his old house- now refurbished…

Heated debate! Ile-Ife OR Iho-Eleeru: which is the cradle of the Yoruba people?

Heated debate! Ile-Ife OR Iho-Eleeru: which is the cradle of the Yoruba people?

The poem below is about a cave called Iho-Eleeru also known as Cave of Ashes), tucked away in the thick forests of Isarun village, Ondo State, South-western Nigeria. Of great significance is this cave in the history of the Yoruba people as well as West Africa because the skeletons of prehistoric man dating as far…

The mysterious underground channels of the Ancient Oba’s Palace in Akure, SW Nigeria

The mysterious underground channels of the Ancient Oba’s Palace in Akure, SW Nigeria

A mountain of blue-stained 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 dexterously-crafted labyrinth of obfuscating sewers lies beneath it… the heavens open and spew out torrents of rain water upon the land; and though for…

Badagry: The day I ate Òfadà rice with fresh Palmy

Badagry: The day I ate Òfadà rice with fresh Palmy

By the Badagry Lagoon sits my cup of fresh milky palmy, kissing the walls of its cup and wishing it could break free to see the beauty that lies before it… the mesmerising beauty of the smiling lagoon waters, dancing with the soft glitters of the setting sun which reposed majestically at the distant palmtree…

Elémìnígèdè Lake in Ekiti- The mysterious waters that breathe!

Elémìnígèdè Lake in Ekiti- The mysterious waters that breathe!

Gentle metallic tunes from the rickety cab radio thumped softly at my ear drums, making glad my heart as I nodded to Ebenezer Obey’s “Board Members”. The melodic vibration of guitar strings struck by the adroit fingers of the aged ace musician got me enraptured in reminiscence as I remembered those days when as a…

The Fela’s Shrine you don’t see!

The Fela’s Shrine you don’t see!

We were fifteen; all keen and zealous travel bloggers and photographers, touring the beautiful city of Lagos; and the New Afrika Shrine was our second to the last stop. Believed to be the haven of hemp smokers in Lagos, yet drawing throngs of visitors and fun lovers every other weekend. There’s more to this place…

Who knew palm wine at Terra Kulture could save the day… Let’s talk about the must-try drink

Who knew palm wine at Terra Kulture could save the day… Let’s talk about the must-try drink

Milky, tasty, fresh, chilly, awesome, tantalizing, alluring, refreshing, invigorating, revitalizing, breath-taking, amazing…. is the calabash of Palm wine served at Terra Kulture in Victoria Island, Lagos. The noon sun burned mercilessly over the skies of the busy Island and the breeze from the nearby Kuramo Beach being quenched by the blazing solar heat could not…

Let’s not forget Areogun, the Master Wood Carver from Ekiti, South-west Nigeria

Let’s not forget Areogun, the Master Wood Carver from Ekiti, South-west Nigeria

My name is Dàda Àreògún. I am a wood carver. A lot of you may not know me, but I am sure that by the time you’re reading this story, my name would have been etched on the sands of time. I was born  in 1880 in a small quiet village called Osi-Ilorin, located at…

Naija Tourism, Culture and Games #Ayò-Olópón

Naija Tourism, Culture and Games #Ayò-Olópón

You visit a village in south-western Nigeria and see a group of men standing or sitting beneath the shade of a tree canopy, around two men seated on a bench and facing each other with a wooden board between them- a wooden board incised with two rows of six holes each, containing heaps of green…

Naija Tourism, Culture and Games #Lagos Monopoly

Naija Tourism, Culture and Games #Lagos Monopoly

This series shall feature games that someway and somehow have something to do with culture and tourism in Nigeria, and we’re starting with the new Lagos Monopoly game. The Lagos edition of the Monopoly game hit Nigeria’s socio-cultural milieu with a bang last year December; and despite the fast-paced and busy life of Lagosians, which…

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