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6 Reasons why you should visit Badagry

6 Reasons why you should visit Badagry

The beautiful town of Badagry lies along the Atlantic coast in Nigeria and is located between the bustling Metropolitan city of Lagos and the border of Nigeria with Benin Republic at Seme. You might have heard about the town at one time or another, but never really considered visiting the town. Nevertheless, after reading the…

The Genius of our ancient Yoruba Architects

The Genius of our ancient Yoruba Architects

I stood upon a hilltop in Idanre land, 900m above the surrounding plains. Before me sat the ancient Oba’s Palace, surrounded by thickets of verdant forests, outshoots of granite rocks and relics of the ageless Oke-Idanre village. The mud buildings stand bold and strong, through centuries they endured countless downpours of fearsome rains and inestimable…

Olumo Rock- pile of boulders, home of caves, residence of ancient shrines

Olumo Rock- pile of boulders, home of caves, residence of ancient shrines

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. The climb…

Africa’s Oldest Known Boat found in Dufuna village near Yobe River, Northern Nigeria

Africa’s Oldest Known Boat found in Dufuna village near Yobe River, Northern Nigeria

  A Fulani herdsman who roamed the desert lands of Northern Nigeria in search for pastures, descended into one of the dry valleys drained by the gentle flowing prongs of Koma Dugu Gana River in the northern part of Yobe State. It must have been a dry season. The location lies on the outskirts of…

A visit to Igbo-Ora in SW Nigeria, the town with the largest twin births in the world! [video]

A visit to Igbo-Ora in SW Nigeria, the town with the largest twin births in the world! [video]

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…

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…

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…

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…

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