Volunteers on Friday concluded a three-day tour of world acclaimed Sukur Cultural Heritage Landscape in Madagali local government area of Adamawa State.The tour is coming at the end of a programme launched in 2020 to restore the site after it was dealt a crippling blow by Boko Haram insurgents in 2017, 18 years after it was listed as a cultural site of global reckon by the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
Google Arts & Culture, Adunni Olorisha Trust, CyArk digitise Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove; Jayne Augoye; Times Nigeria
How ‘Illegal’ Mining Activities Pollute Nigeria’s Sacred Osun River, Desecrate Goddess’ Grove, Endanger Lives Of Users; Sahara Reporters
Continuous and unregulated mining activities around the popular Osun River which runs across South-West states in Nigeria have been causing pollution ad engendering lives of users of the water across several towns and communities, Al Jazeera reports. In his early twenties, Simeon Abolarinwa did the grown-up thing of making a curriculum vitae for the first time. At the bottom of the document, he listed his hobbies: hunting, hiking and fishing. Unlike many of his peers doing the same to fill space or boost their profiles, these were actually his hobbies.
Nigeria’s sacred Osun River supports millions of people – but pollution is making it unsafe; Jo Adetunji; Conversation
The ability of the Osun River to support biodiversity is being threatened by pollution and can only be rescued if the contamination ends.
Nigerian Samuel Oluwanisola Adeyanju grew up a many-hours-long drive from the Osun Sacred Grove, a remnant of old-growth forest regarded as the home of a fertility goddess — now he is helping to preserve the precious biodiversity found there.
The National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) says not less than 65 monuments across the country are qualified to be listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Ever so often Pelu Awofeso meets Nigerians and visitors to Nigeria who don’t know much about the many tourist attractions in the country. Having travelled across Nigeria himself many times over, he knows there are 101 places to delight anyone, whatever their interests. If time permits, he will use this opportunity to mention a couple of attractions they should consider visiting if they can make out the time.
Doyin Olagunju curates some historic sites that have become a shadow of themsleves in Nigeria…
Signs indicating grave danger surfaced when this year’s annual Sukur Cultural Festival, which often attracted domestic and international tourists, was suspended.
Source: Sahara Reporters
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has suddenly become born again. Perhaps, he was, which culture purists did not take note of.
Do it for the culture: 5 places to visit in Nigeria for an enriching cultural experience; Adaobi Onyeakagbu; Pulse
These sites are the few in Nigeria that offer structured cultural and historical tours.
When the first white men set their foot on the shores of what would later be known as Nigeria, what they discovered was enchanting, far from the stereotype of a land full of savages. They discovered a beautiful land with amazing landmarks and people with well-developed crafts. A major testimony to this are the Kano […]
I have ever been enchanted by my father’s narration about his visit to Nigeria. I feel that my soul is captured somewhere there as I was dreaming all the time of traveling there and take a round. My Dad had worked in Nigeria for a period of time and has a lot of memories and marvelous stories with beautiful photos there. Last year, we received an invitation from my father’s friend to visit Nigeria. We decided to ditch our plans and head for Nigeria. We had actually spent weeks preparing for what I still consider the trip of a lifetime, and I want to provide you a with a taste of what we experienced.
In western Africa lies a hidden paradise that people miss. Nigeria is made up of a number of the most charming, thrilling, beautiful places that I have ever been to.
Light Up Your Yuletide: Checkout 10 Interesting Historical Places To Visit This Christmas; The Nation
Nigeria, the giant of Africa is a country with a rich cultural heritage, boasting of several hundreds of languages and various historical sites and tourist attractions, including long stretches of exotic beaches, lush mountains, well-preserved traditions, culture and beautiful enchantments. These historical attractions stemmed out as a result of the country’s vast historical and cultural heritage.
Let’s examine ten historical places in Nigeria that can attract tourists, just in case you’re free and need to tour!
1. Ogbunike Caves
A UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in Ogbunike, Anambra State. The caves have retained the same biodiversity for hundreds of years, have been in use for centuries by local people for whom it has particular spiritual significance. Visitors must remove their shoes before entering the caves, as tradition demands, and women on menstruation cannot go in.
Mr. Anthony Sham, the care taker of Sukur, a UNESCO’S World Heritage Site has expressed optimism of government and UNESCO’s intervention on the destroyed structures by activities insurgents.
The Sukur Cultural landscape is located on the hill above the village of Sukur in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
It is situated in the Mandara mountains close to the boarder with neighbouring Cameroon.
Sham spoke in a telephone interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.
“A team from the Head Quarters came to the sites sometimes ago and took inventory of the damage done to the sites by members of the Boko Haram.
“We are still expecting their intervention for the destroyed site; we have written to remind them; I don’t know their reasons for not responding.
The ritual drummers preceded her as she strode down the broad steps toward the Osun shrine, carefully balancing on her head a calabash filled with kola nuts, palm oil and other offerings to the Yoruba gods. She was not used to walking barefoot, so the sticks and stones on the forest floor sometimes hurt her feet, yet she continued on her course with a trancelike resolve. It was all part of an initiation ceremony of the traditional Ifa religion of the Yoruba, the largest ethnic group in southwest Nigeria, and the main reason she had traveled to the Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove in Nigeria. At home in Brooklyn people know her as AnnMarie Sealey. Here in Osogbo they call her Ifaseye Orisabunmi Adeegbe.
The terraced hills, ironworks, and well-planned infrastructure of Sukur bear testament of an advanced traditional society in Nigeria.
The terraced hills, iron-works, and well-planned layouts of Sukur reveal the existence of an advanced traditional society in Nigeria. The Sukur Cultural Landscape became Nigeria’s first United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site, inscribed as such in 1999. The site has survived multiple centuries, and it is one of the most elaborate testaments to the country’s cultural heritage.
5. Description and History –
The Sukur settlement thrived in the 17th Century due to iron smelting expertise, its lucrative trade transactions, and its strong political and spiritual institutions. The Dur dynasty facilitated the growth of Sukur by establishing the region as a primary source of iron in northeastern Nigeria. The settlement declined after several invasions, and it was spared from damage during British colonization.