10 INTERESTING FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OLUMO ROCK
The Olumo Rock is an ancient rock located in Abeokuta which serves as a fortress to the Egba residents during inter-tribal war around 1800. The rock was discovered by a hunter named Adagba in the 19th Century. The rock was beneficial in helping the Egba’s win the inter tribal war. It serves as a strategic hideout, a fortress and a vantage point for Egba Warriors. Olumo Rock is not just a tourist attraction; it is a sacred ground, a symbol of freedom, victory, strength and peace.
Olumo rock is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Nigeria. The name Olumo which can be loosely translated as “under the Rock“. It has become one of the top tourist attractions in Abeokuta. This historical rock has attracted tourists from all works of life. This gigantic mountain could be seen from different corners of Abeokuta city. Abeokuta is the capital of Ogun State. It is an ancient city located in the South West of Nigeria.
Here are 10 Interesting facts you need to know about Olumo rock:
• Olumo Rock stands at least 137 feet above sea level
• It is the location for Olumo festival every year
• No one has ever fallen or died climbing the rock, it is believed that the god of the Rock guards and protect everyone that comes into the site. However, ensure utmost safety when you are climbing.
• It has an artificial stair walkway which leads to the top of the mountain
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• It also has an elevator for people that cannot hike all the way
• The rock was used as a hideout and a watch tower to watch out for enemy attack.
• It has a cave where only two people are allowed to enter, the Chief Priest and the Alake of Egba land. The Alake is the ruling king of Egba.
• Surrounding the caves is a muster tree. The tree is said to have leaves that never shed and blossoms at any season.
• The rock could produce water during the rainy season. The water was used by herbal doctors to cure sicknesses and diseases. Nevertheless, the rock stopped producing the water for about 5 decades now.
• The Olumo Rock has a status that constitutes statutes that represent past heroes and several other symbols of warriors of the land that consists of Ilesha Abi Agbongbakala, Agbabe, Okonkenu, and Jagun Jagun.
For many people of Abeokuta, the rock is not just a rock but an ancestral rock that protected their ancestors from the woes of war. Also, since there are worshipers of the deity of rock, the significance could be of religious belief among others.
As a tourist centre, the rock has brought people from different parts of the world and has increased the economic growth of Abeokuta.
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