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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…

Called to the Wilds of Ebomi Lake, Ipesi-Akoko

Called to the Wilds of Ebomi Lake, Ipesi-Akoko

You know what my weakness is. You know I can’t behold a beautiful piece forged by the adroit hands of nature, without breaking down to my knees in awe and appreciation of thee. Yet, my soul you flood with scintillating tunes whistled by the gently flowing waters of your lake; your lake, your home, sandwiched…

Exploring the Wilds of Igbo-Olodumare: The Forest of a Thousand Demons

Exploring the Wilds of Igbo-Olodumare: The Forest of a Thousand Demons

“They call it the forest of a thousand demons, We went there and although we found no demons, the ambiance surrounding the forest still swathes our imaginations till  this day” Igbo Olodumare, a world within our world, robed in plush vegetative apparel, is simply a mystifying place, and just as its name implies, it is…

Igbara-Oke Petroglyphs- Mysterious Inscriptions on a rock in Igbara-Oke, made by an Ancient Warrior

Igbara-Oke Petroglyphs- Mysterious Inscriptions on a rock in Igbara-Oke, made by an Ancient Warrior

  I have driven past the small sleepy town of Igbara-Oke when travelling to Ikogosi Warm Springs in Ekiti State, and never knew the town hosted such a great historical relic as this. However, someone from this town wrote me a mail and suggested I pay a visit to his home town to see the…

Held by the Spell of Owena Lake

  A young girl is carrying a small tray filled with fresh oranges on her head. A woman beside her haggles noisily with the vegetable seller. The small market is ubiquitously embroidered in a beautiful mosaic of colours: fresh red tomatoes and pepper piled up at different corners; bunches of unripe plantain stacked on a…

Endangered Terrapin Turtles Discovered in Akure, Nigeria

On the 16th of May, 2003, a community of  terrapin turtle species was discovered in Akure, Ondo State capital, Nigeria; subsisting in a harsh and unusual habitat- gnammas (large holes with water) on massive granite inselbergs (granite hills). The Akure landscape is a typical inselberg landscape especially around its northern outskirts. This area falls essentially…

The Allure of Ebomi Lake

The Allure of Ebomi Lake

Published- Weekend Hope, 13th March, 2004. p.20 Situated in the pristine forests of Ipesi-Akoko enclave, are the marvellous waters of Ebomi Lake, flowing gracefully below the dense canopies of verdant forests. The lake, located at Ipesi-Akoko, is also known as ”the bottomless lake” because of its depth which is difficult to estimate. It stretches though…

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