|The Entrance of Olumo Rock
It was a beautiful morning, a saturday to ponder, and an adventurous weekend…
I embarked on a journey to Olumo Rock in Ikija, Abeokuta LGA.
There was a tour guide who took us on a guided tour of one of the most popular tourist centers in Nigeria, Olumo Rock. It was really fun and amazing to behold a rock that is 137 meters above the sea level. There and then I cringed at the awesomeness of God.
Our first point of contact was Panseke Garden. At that garden, we sighted Panseke and Dongoyaro tree which have historical background and medicinal properties respectively. The Dongoyaro tree can cure malaria and mouth odour while the Panseke tree has fruits that make the seke, seke, seke sound when it is shaken. That was why the garden was named Panseke Garden.
EGBA WAR HIDE–OUT
The second point of contact was the Egba War Hide-Out where people hid during the war which lasted between 1830-1833. The Ikija and the Itoko community were managing the rock as at that time. Again, the first man who managed the rock died Jan 23, 1956 and was buried there on the rock. His tomb is there.
WHO DISCOVERED THE ROCK?
A man called Adagba discovered the rock while the first tour guide was Sunny Ajim Atokunje.
IT WILL AMAZE YOU…
It will amaze you to know that the meaning of the city, Abeokutawas derived from the rock because people lived under the rock during the war (Egba War Hide-Out). Then, the people built five rooms under the rock. However, out of the five rooms, only one room is left)
THE MEANING OF OLUMO ROCK
Olumo rock means where God put an end to our suffering and trouble. I guessed it was because people hid there during the war. It was a place of refuge and protection for them.
THE ANCIENT ROUTE
This was where the warriors passed during the war. That path was really difficult for me to walk. Indeed, it was a route for warriors.
There is a safety limit on the rock, which was drawn with white and pink paint. It is not advisable to walk beyond these safety lines as this may endanger one’s life. This would help to prevent people from falling from the height.
THE PEAK OF THE ROCK
On the rock, one can sight all the places in Abeokuta. Among such places are Ogun river, NTA Channel 12, Baptist High School, St Peter Cathedral Church, Ake and the Iroko tree that has been beside the rock for over 350 years.
|The peak of Olumo Rock
1. Ogun River: The sacred river which ran through four states namely Lagos, Osun, Oyo, and Ondo through Republic of Benin and bursts into Atlantic ocean.
2. NTA Channel 12: NTA Channel 12 is the first Television Station in Ogun State.
3. Baptist High School: Some of the past Nigerian leaders and a popular late musician attended that school. They are Late Chief MKO Abiola, Former president Olusegun Obasanjo and Late Fela Kuti Anikulapo.
4. St. Peter Cathedral Church, Ake: The first church in Abeokuta, St. Peter Cathedral Church was built in 1844. Again, Chief Sodeke, the first balogun of Egba land accepted Christianity in Nigeria.
OLUMO ROCK ART GALLERY
In that gallery, many art works and products, which unveil African beauty and heritage were exhibited. Products for sale include beautiful paintings, pictures and art work for interior decoration purposes, Adire cloth, traditional accessories, original coconut oil, black soap, and shea butter among others.
|Water fall near Olumo Art Gallery
So after the tour, we decided to have lunch at a restaurant at Olumo rock. The food was okay.
|Lunch: Jollof rice and meat ponmo
THEN TO JUNE 12 CULTURAL CENTRE
We stopped by at Cultural centre to watch a movie titled “Memoirs of 4”, but we could not complete the movie. We arrived safely at our destination. Glory to God.
It was fun at Olumo Rock. I enjoyed myself and I am sure I will go back there for shopping.Again, I was so happy that one of my goals for 2018 is coming to fruition. At the beginning of the year, I wrote my goals and one of them is to travel more for the purpose of exposure. Thanks for reading, sharing, and commenting on my posts. I love you.
Great and mighty are the works of thy hands Oh lord.
Photo Credit: Palacedaughter