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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, where more twins are born in Igbo-Ora than anywhere else on earth and that there are just few households who do…

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…

Onikan National Museum, Lagos: No Cameras Allowed but I snuck mine in.

Onikan National Museum, Lagos: No Cameras Allowed but I snuck mine in.

“He-He-He…I pray the spirit of wàká and wanderlust won’t lead me into wàhálà one day o!…” Nigerian Museums ban the use of cameras within their premises, but I broke the rules at the National Museum in Onikan, Lagos. It wasn’t my fault though, I could not just resist the spell-binding aura that enfolded the ancient…

If you lived in Benin, am so sure you’ll know the Igun Bronze Casters…

If you lived in Benin, am so sure you’ll know the Igun Bronze Casters…

Glitters of yellowish-brown lights whispered off handcrafts of ingenious minds. Crafts of staffs, swords and many masks, they were; While some others were of human forms that tell stories of ancient times, others happily flaunted their exotic and ostentatious designs to anyone who cared to stare. These figures line a street at a busy city-centre,…

Exploring the Neglected Coal Mines of Enugu’s Iva Valley

Exploring the Neglected Coal Mines of Enugu’s Iva Valley

A mysterious chain of deep valleys jewelled the charming landscape of Enugu City; and steep walls of stratified rocks beatify the confines of these valleys, within which outcrop the ‘black gold’ of ancient Nigeria: the black gold that powered our railways and brought us fortune for decades. Iva Valley is one of these valleys. The…

Here is Besouro, The True Picture of A Nigerian Slave in Foreign Lands (Movie)

  Besouro is an action-packed movie, set in 1920s Bahia, and based on the life of a legendary capoeirista slave who uses the power of Candomble to fight the cruel conditions suffered by the black people in Brazil. In the movie, you will be fascinated to hear the names of Yoruba gods such as Ogun…

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