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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…

Meet Òrólè and Olósùnta- The Twin Warriors of Ikere People

Meet Òrólè and Olósùnta- The Twin Warriors of Ikere People

“Òrólè baba òkè” : Orole, the king of the heights History has it that, a long time ago, when Orole (“Oro-Ile” meaning “story of the land”) was known to be a low-lying rock outcrop, the people of Oyo Kingdom rose up to attack Ikere Kingdom. The people of Oyo Alaafin wanted to capture and sell…

We Captured Olósùnta & Òrólè- The Giant Okitis of Ekiti Land

Like a Half-Cut Egg, Òrólè Stands… like an Olópà‘s cap, Olósùnta poses for my camera. The firmament had just slipped off her plush bed and has changed from her gloomy pyjamas into a robe of mild turquoise. The chilly air is appraised by the hazy mists that hang over the ancient town of Ikere-Ekiti, a…

The Seven Plunges of Arinta- Let’s go chasing waterfalls!

The Seven Plunges of Arinta- Let’s go chasing waterfalls!

“Arinta… ever wet ever flowing, the obsession of Ipole people, ever plunging ever splashing” In Ekiti State, SW Nigeria, boulders of quartzite dot the foot slopes, glistening in the excited mid-day sun. Thick forests loom above, kissing the sun-charred skies at a verdant skyline. A smooth and well-tarred road branches off the main road which…

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