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The Night I spent in a real Village in Nigeria! [Photos]

The Night I spent in a real Village in Nigeria! [Photos]

There is only one road leading into the valley within which the town of Idanre sits. The ancient town is located in the beautiful state of Ondo known as the ‘Sunshine State’. Nestled in the middle of tall magnificent hills covered in mist from a distance, one can see how picturesque the little town is;…

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…

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. I…

Students of Methodist High school in Idanre, SW Nigeria win Naijatreks Young Writers’ Award 2013

Students of Methodist High school in Idanre, SW Nigeria win Naijatreks Young Writers’ Award 2013

  “It is quite interesting and makes me always feel special when I see people from different countries of the world come down to this my small, but amazing town to climb the hills and explore the ancient wonders of Old Oke-Idanre…” –Alatise Omolayo   We held the first edition of the Naijatreks Young Writers’…

Healing from the Bowels of a Stygian Cave

Healing from the Bowels of a Stygian Cave

Within the belly of Omi-Ìwò cave, the hydraulic sound of a crystal clear spring mixed with the whirring calls of resident bats disvirgin the air. A blinding beam of light pierces the torn rock and illuminates a small pool of water within the cave, from which flowed the stream which the people call “Ìwò”. The…

Scammed at the Ancient Oba’s Palace, Idanre Hills

Scammed at the Ancient Oba’s Palace, Idanre Hills

“You are welcome to our ancient Oba’s palace”, the tour guide said as we approached a mud structure that resembled a gate… and he handed us over to the Chief Priest of the Palace- a young fella with stone-rigid face, garbed in a lurid attire of flowing red wrapper, his bare chest almost like that…

Mare Festival Day-2: The Rise of Idanre’s Champion Mountain Climber

…Omo olókè tó mòkè ngùn “ A clear sky soars above the gently winding Akure-Idanre road, and the bright sun accentuates the brightly coloured jerseys of a hundred marathon athletes dotting the stretch between the two towns. It is Mare festival day 2, and the events had been kicked off by a marathon race from…

Idanre Lights up with Mare Festival Day-1

  Mare Festival… …beginning of beautiful things in Idanre.   Big clouds of smooth and dry dust coloured the skies of Methodist Grammar School, Idanre, in Ondo State. Sitting at the foot of the massive Ojimoba mountain, the ancient school is the venue of this year’s Mare Festival and the steep slopes of Ojimoba itself…

Lost in the Tracks of Owa Cave, Idanre Hills

  Rapid knocks of sunrise rap on my louver blade. The night is over again. It’s been three days, and the various events of the Orosun Festival are gaining momentum. Exciting thoughts of exploring one of the largest caves in SW Nigeria rock my mind. The people say Owa Cave is so big, it can…

Uncovered: New Tourist Attraction on Idanre Hills

“The spoors of our ancestors, etched as depressed ovoids in granite, punctuating the slopes of Òdejà enclave- these we found while sniffing along Idanre’s trails.   Recently, a new attraction which has (before now), been hidden for centuries, have now been uncovered and opened up to tourists at the Old Oke-Idanre ancient settlement of the…

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