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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…

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…

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…

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’…

Engulfed by the Rich Belly of Iho-Eleeru Cave in Ondo State, South West Nigeria

Engulfed by the Rich Belly of Iho-Eleeru Cave in Ondo State, South West Nigeria

At Iho-Eleeru Cave, a lovely cave naturally formed by the aesthetic cluster of massive granite boulders, also known as ‘The Cave of Ashes’, was found by a great archeological piece- the  remains of prehistoric man dating back to 9200BC. In 1922, Chief Obele, an hunter, during one of his hunting expeditions chanced upon the elusive cave…

The New Alagbaka Fountain in Ondo State: An Automatic Tourist Attraction? …Naija people shaaa

The New Alagbaka Fountain in Ondo State: An Automatic Tourist Attraction? …Naija people shaaa

  The newly installed fountain at a round-about located in the Alagbaka area of Akure, Ondo State capital city, has automatically become the latest attraction for the people of the town as there is almost no time of the day that you won’t find one or two persons posing for photo shoots at the fountain….

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…

Akure Terrapin Habitat is Drying Up!

  On a recent visit to a hill-top habitat of the Gnamma terrapin turtles (a newly-discovered subspecies of the West-African side-necked turtle) in Akure, Ondo State capital, we found out that the water level in the turtle pool has significantly dropped below the usual average depths normally observed within the past 8 years of our…

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