The ancient City of Abeokuta, also the capital of Ogun State, has been known for producing many important people the country has ever witnessed, from the likes of former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to former presidential hopeful, late M.K.O. Abiola, late music maestro, Fela Anikulapo Kuti to one of Nigeria’s apostolic Pastors, Pastor Tunde Bakare. One important and amazing spectacle that the ancient town of Abeokuta offers is this wonderful piece of nature, Olumo Rock.
One interesting fact about Olumo Rock is that it influenced the naming of Abeokuta which means “under the rock”. Olumo rock presents itself as a vital and unique feature in the lives and history of indigenes and early inhabitants of Abeokuta in the sense that it was used during the inter-tribal wars of the 19th century as a form of refuge and safety. The rock also provided shelter for the inhabitants and was used as a fortress during the war period, this is turn gave them victory over their enemies.
Olumo rock comprises of a large bunch of sedimentary rocks with its highest point standing at 137 meters above sea level, surprisingly it’s still not regarded as an highland but it beats many highlands in Nigeria as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nigeria. This is as a result of its rich history, amazing culture and proximity to the commercial capital of Nigeria, Lagos. Olumo rock also has an aesthetic and beautiful outlook that comprises of well aligned staircases embedded across the rocks for easy movement and an elevator that performs a much better work of moving people coupled with an amazing view of the whole town of Abeokuta.
One very important feature that Olumo Rock possesses is the presence of tour guides that tell you about every part and section of the rock and what it was used for in the olden days. Olumo rock also boasts of restaurants, a new museum, a water fountain and an intriguing market known as Itoku market, where the production and sales of the popular tie and dye material usually known as adire is evident. The locals are really friendly and welcoming, and might sometimes help in guiding you throughout the voyage and help with some beautiful tales about the rock.
Olumo rock showcases itself as an intriguing and fun filled experience merged with evergreen tales of tradition, culture, customs, refuge, war and a long standing triumph.