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Akure Moat: A New Archeological Discovery in Ondo State, Southwest Nigeria?

Akure Moat: A New Archeological Discovery in Ondo State, Southwest Nigeria?

Recently, some of the inhabitants of Akure, Ondo State capital city in southwest Nigeria, began to suspect a preserved system of ditches, reposed within the compound of Archbishop Vining College of Theology. The network of ditches is about 270m long, with depth averaging 3m, width ranging between 4m-5m and is characterized by the typical smooth…

Photos from the Grand Finale of Osun-Osogbo Festival 2014

Photos from the Grand Finale of Osun-Osogbo Festival 2014

This year’s Osun-Osogbo Festival, which took place between 18th-23rd August, 2014 in the ancient town of Osogbo, south-west Nigeria, was concluded in an array of beautiful and fascinating cultural activities. On the last day of the week-long festival, the virgin maiden, known as Arugbá, who serves as mediator between the people and the river goddess- …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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