Hey guys, I know it’s been a while…Even though I tried to fight it, I have been so overwhelmed lately with feelings of not doing well enough compared to other bloggers especially in terms of the quality of the images I put out. ( I need a better camera) but I have decided to grow into this blogging thing and make use of the little resources I have the best I can.
So, over the weekend I went on an adventurous trip to the Olumo Rock Tourist Complex with a few friends. It’s a tourist attraction located in Abeokuta (the capital of Ogun state in Nigeria).
Now It’s a really funny story because I currently live in that city as a National Youth Service Corps member. In fact I’ve lived here for over eight months and I just went visiting last weekend.
Let me explain. There are rocks practically everywhere in the city. Houses are built on rocks, the roads are constructed rocks and personally I live in a house that sits on a rock and have to go through a rocky path to and from work (I might explain why I rented it in a future blogpost). Now you can understand why I wasn’t enthusiastic about visiting and climbing a giant rock. Lol
But I was wrong, it wasn’t just a rock (well it was a rock but..) with so much historical and cultural heritage as well as other side attractions like the Olumo Rock Art Gallery and the Historical & Cultural Gallery. We weren’t allowed to take pictures in the galleries though. They contained paintings, traditional tie and dye wears (which abeokuta is known for), beadwork, woodwork and other artifacts.
Notice my adiré top and beads? Now that was just me being extra. Lol
I know a number of people who have visited Olumo Rock and told me a number of things about the place but I made up my mind to have a unique personal experience.
Apart from its rich cultural and historical heritage, It also provides you with an amazing, over the top view of the city.
These lines were clearly written to define boundaries, so that visitors do not get carried away and fall off the rock.
We started out our journey exploring every inch of the rock and my friend who was there for the third time (thanks to me) acted as the tour guide, telling us historical facts about the different parts of the rock.
This tiny room served as hideout for hundreds of Egba people during the war.
Finally, we got to a point where we could take a rocky path to the top of the rock or take the stairs.
Guess which we took?
The stairs of course. …the rocky path looked more adventurous but also more dangerous so my friends and I opted for the safer route..so much for adventure….hahaha
The view from the top was amazing! Let me also add that we ran into a popular Nigerian artiste right here “Dare Art Alade” and we took a picture (If you want to see it check my Instagram page) *tongue out*
It was a fun day although I’m not sure it’s a place you want to go over and over. So I’ll just cherish this experience.
Ever been to Olumo rock? How was your experience? Would you like to visit and have questions for me? Drop a comment down below and don’t forget to subscribe.