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Idanre, Much More than You can see

Idanre, Much More than You can see

Daring heights wall shadowed valleys, Verdant forests caps granitic mounds, Rusted roofs of brown coats line ancient alleys,   Mud walls, wooden stalls, ancient palaces, and inscriptions on rocks, by human hands and magic spells, they were fashioned. Massive caves with limpid springs that heal, Awesome wildlife, untouched, abundant, kept safe up on the hills….

The Sweet Serenity, Salt, Sea & Sands of Eleko Beach, Lagos

The Sweet Serenity, Salt, Sea & Sands of Eleko Beach, Lagos

I was lost in amazement, enraptured by the swelling blue sea, caressed and cuddled by the sweeping puff of cool breeze, and staring blankly at the sandy beach dotted here and there by tourists, tanning in the sweet Saturday noon sun. A set of fishing canoes rested near the sea shore, where the raging bulge…

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…

In Nigeria, art boom feeds revival of ancient rites (REUTERS)

In Nigeria, art boom feeds revival of ancient rites (REUTERS)

Displayed at a Lagos gallery alongside colorful paintings of domestic scenes, stunning stone sculptures represent a revival of ancient art forms in Nigeria, rooted in traditional spirituality, that Christian missionaries tried to banish a century ago. That revival coincides with a turn by the country’s super rich elite and small but growing middle class towards…

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…

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