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{Photos} OLUMO: A Tourist Destination With So Much History

So I took a trip, my 3rd trip to Olumo Rock, a mountain in south-western Nigeria, located in the ancient city of Abeokuta, Ogun State.

This rock was historically used as a natural fortress during inter-tribal warfare in the 19th century and its patron spirit is recognized in the Yoruba religion as an orisha.

I spent a few mins under the rock that served as the fortress for the inhabitants
It is amazing how you can walk and feel so safe up here

“The Olumo Rock is annually celebrated with lots of sacrifices” my tour guide, Rotimi told me.

Spending time thinking about the beauty of the Olumo where so many stories came from

In a very proud tone, Rotimi says “the rock was a natural fortress for the Egbas during inter-tribal warfare in the 19th century but it has become a popular tourist attraction where people come and learn a bit of our history. We have never experienced any casualty on this rock!

I had to rest a bit after climbing this far!

The mountain he said, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nigeria, sits in the heart of Abeokuta, a name which means “Under the rock” in the Yoruba language, this mountain has a height of 137 meters above sea level.

I had to practice my “perch and pose” here!

The Egbas used the rock as sanctuary and it gave them a vantage point to monitor the enemy’s advance, leading to eventual triumph in war.

Taking it one step at a time!
Imagine what it would feel like to have to carry such weight on your hands

For those willing to have a feel of the place, a trip to Olumo rock usually commences with a climb up the man-made stairs carved into the rock but I took the old route of climbing through the rocks instead of the staircase because it gave me a feel of what the inhabitants faced.

Find your space and settle in!

The journey continues with climbs on irregularly sized rocks (or ladders which are now provided) through a narrow corridor that leads to the top of the rock.

All along the way, there are catch sights of carvings in the rock, cowrie-studded statues and the ancient abode of the priestesses of the mountain deity who live in huts on the rock. You could also see the holes made from the constant grinding of pepper and other ingredients for food. My tour guide told me about the room that still stands today, where the people slept during the war.

Amazing holes to blend pepper for soups

I will let these pictures tell you more stories.

The “I surrender Pose”
Huuuuhhhh I made it!
…and yes i loved the Adventure!

Please share this and encourage someone to visit Olumo today!

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