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"EXPLORE ABEOKUTA WITH ME" MY OLUMO ROCK EXPERIENCE 2.

May 13, 2019 No Comment
If you haven’t read the first part of EXPLORE ABEOKUTA WITH ME, then you should read it  "EXPLORE ABEOKUTA WITH ME" MY OLUMO ROCK EXPERIENCE



After the first 120 steps, I must have burnt out some Calories...

Our tour guide which consisted of a man and his supposed brother, they took us up to the first one hundred and twenty steps while giving us the history of the buildings and stories attached to it.  My bad, I didn’t remember all of the details.

After that, we were then shown the place where the ancient people of Abeokuta offered sacrifices and prayers, (Priest) hence no record of casualties.
The room of the wives of the ancient men of Abeokuta

We then proceeded to the hideout of the wives and kids of the ancient men of Abeokuta during the war. The hideout had a total number of four openings which seemed like a room even though one of it seemed broken.

At the entrance, there were five holes on the floor which was used as a grinder for the residence of the rock. 

That is, five families were hidden under the rock hence the name Abeokuta (Under the rock).
The grave of the first tour guide who dies at age 120.

Our next attraction was the graveside of the first ever tour guide who died at an old age of 120. According to history, he did the job of a tour guide until his last days. 

Just beside his grave was his apartment which still stands strong to this very moment.
The head of one of the queens of the ancient Abeokuta.
One of the Calabash with 2 sets of the eye.

After the grave side, we came to the side of the rock which had the status of three heads and also 2/3 head like calabash that represented some traditional rulers or so. What amazed me about the calabash is the fact that each had 2 sets of eyes on it and each represented something and beside it on the floor, were some cowries’ which symbolized something I can’t remember right now.
Feeling like a baby girl that came mountain climbing.

I wasn't scared here, I was just been extra careful.

We were done with the easy part of the mountain climbing, now to where the real work was. Just in case I forgot to include, the mountain had two methods of climbing up.
The Elevator that never works.

One was via the lift/elevator, the other was doing it manually, that is climbing the rock with both legs and hands.

THE JUMP

Finally, at the mountain top, what better feeling than being able to beat your chest and saying to yourself, mission accomplished, job well done after feeling like I was going to slide down and fall from the mountain….
I had the golden jump, the famous jump I see on every Abeokuta post.

I wouldn’t come all the way to Abeokuta only to leave without taking the jump of excitement at the top and show to the whole world that I came, saw and conquered.
The first church is hidden somewhere here, just zoom in.

At the mountain top, I was privileged to find out that Abeokuta had some first not so far from the sight of the mountain. Like the first Catholic church and the first something else, I can’t remember.


THINGS TO NOTE

If someone had told me some of the things, I am about to tell you now, I guess my trip was have been so perfect.

  •  Dress decently: Abeokuta, is a city I recently found out still holds culture to heart. So, if you ever chose to visit the city, don’t wear a bum short on its street cause both the old and young once would give you the sinner look.

  • While going mountain climbing, it would be advisable for you to have at least a bottle of water with you.

  •  Plan ahead of time where to stay, where to visit, and also where to eat or chill out because I only discovered that just like Lagos, the people there aren’t so patient and good at describing places and routes to you.

  •  Capture Memories: I wasn’t ready for all the goodness the city had to offer, so I couldn’t get most of them on camera cause before I could digest the beauty I had just seen, I had driven pass there. Always make sure your camera is on ready when you decide to go on this trip.

  •  Tour Guide: Never underestimate the power of a tour guide, except you are going there for just climbing sake, never go without a tour guide. They give you a detailed history of the land.


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"EXPLORE ABEOKUTA WITH ME" MY OLUMO ROCK EXPERIENCE.

May 13, 2019 No Comment


Hello people!!!!!

However, you read that out loud, is exactly how excited I feel about this blog post that i can't wait to hit the send button and get you reading and walking through my experience with me.

If you had been following the blog, you would know I made a blog post on VISION 2019, "THE BUCKET LIST/ VISION BOARD", that is things I would like to achieve on or before the end of 2019 and exploring Nigeria happened to be one of them.

Though it took me a long while to start, guess who took a road trip to explore some beautiful places in Nigeria. ME!!! You guessed right.

So, a few days to my birthday, Nigeria had the almighty long Easter break. That is the season when Christ was born and what better way to spend that season than with loved ones and family “literally rolling my eye” Na I didn't do that; I took a road trip to the beautiful city of Abeokuta to explore its beauty.  If you haven't visited Abeokuta before, and plan on visiting, I would advise you read to the very last full stop.

Just for starters, the city of Abeokuta is housed by Ogun state, and if you permit me to tell you this for free, Abeokuta is such a fine city with well laid out road network, that allows you to drive around the freely as many times as possible.

We arrived Abeokuta quite late but took some time out to rest and went site seeing.

FOOD:

First, we stopped over at a food joint called HALAGA OR ALAGA (staff shirt and building signage had different names hence the Halaga or Alaga) for dinner. I got two pounded yams wrap and one very big goat meat (Ebufe) at a whopping fee of 700 Naira, my partner got Amala and goat meat (Ebufe) for 700 Naira.


My plate of pounded yam, Ewedu soup, and Ogbufe


The second meal was a beautiful plate of jollof rice that I still taste very much in my mouth. From the color to the way it was served, you would tell the jollof was everything and many more you could ask for.

Behold the beautiful plate of Nigeria Jollof rice.


My rating on Halaga, if you ever visit Abeokuta and not in the mood to go hunting for great food joint would be a  6/10 and the reason has to be that its ambiance was great, giving you the feel of having a local meal but in a well put together environment,  plus great and affordable food.

However, why they would never go above this rating from my end is the fact that they lacked good customer service. They spoke to customers who walked into their store with every level of disrespect, like who tells its customers, they didn't know they needed their service when the person obviously walked into your office space?


PLACES TO VISIT:

Abeokuta is a land blessed in nature and talent, and each of them has some historical stories attached to them.
Obasanjo's Library.

The first place I visited was the OBASANJO LIBRARY. Let me put it out there that our reason for visiting this place was to see what the library was made up of since it was Obasanjo’s library.

However, the first thing I noticed about this place was the road was properly tiled, and it had this sport like cars that were used in moving people around from one spot to another spot.
Speed Boat and Manual Boat.

You know what I loved most about the library I never got to enter was the fact it had a mini river, or artificial pool or Dam, whatever you choose to call it. The Dam also had a bridge that leads to the library we didn’t get to see after spending some time on the manual boat sailing at the middle of nowhere.
Just before boarding the Manual Boat right beside me.

Please bear in mind that there were two types of boats there, the automatic which cost 1000 Naira per head for 5 trips and the manual boat that went at the rate of 1500 Naira per head for 15 minutes.

We chose the manual cause or mission on this trip was to spend some good time and get to know each other away from the hustle and bustle of Lagos, and boat sailing at the middle of nowhere for 15 minutes was another avenue for that.

By the time we were done here, I was so exhausted from the boat sailing that i decided to go straight to the next plan on my list without viewing the interior of the library.

Next stop was the ADIRE MARKET.
Adire Market.
Since I am a super lover of all things Ankara and can’t wait to, make that super transition from wearing just anything to sticking with either black, grey or Ankara just like debola Lagos, I visited the much talked about Adire Market.

After shopping for some fine Adire, we proceeded to the production corner, where all the work takes place. 

Though we weren’t allowed to take pictures, we managed to steal a few pictures just for this blog post.
Before the final result.
Already Sewn Adire Fabrics.


Final Destination OLUMO ROCK.


What’s an Abeokuta trip without visiting the rock? The actual reason for the trip. 


Entrance to the ROCK.

Ever since my last mountain climbing at Abia state university, I had always craved another and going through the blog of the likes of Cassie Davies and co, the desire rose the more.

The road leading to the mountain was every shade of lovely in my own terms, I felt super relaxed and couldn’t wait to get to the famous Olumo rock gate.

On getting to the gate, we were asked to pay a  fee of a thousand naira, after which we proceeded in and got a tour guide. Getting a tour guide is essential to enjoying your climb up the mountain that is if you really are a lover of history.
Just before the journey of 120 steps.

My bad!!!  I just exceeded a thousand words, and with plans of sticking to at least a thousand word per post, you would need to check back in the next blog post "EXPLORE ABEOKUTA WITH ME" MY OLUMO ROCK EXPERIENCE 2.

Visited Abeokuta yet or climbed the rock? tell me what you loved most about your experience in the comment section cause i would love to read about it.