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.
The preservation and survival of UNESCO Heritage site, Osun Osogbo grove in Osun State has been linked to its age-long perception and belief as sacred for centuries. The grove, which was listed by UNESCO in 2005 as a world heritage site, is the last of such sacred forest traditionally associated with the Yoruba. This was […]
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.
Every August, lots of people from around the world throng to Osun State, Nigeria, to attend and participate in the famous, two-week long Osun-Osogbo Festival. It is held at the illustrious and sacred Osun Grove, which was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. Although a sizable number of the participants are Osun indigenes, the festival has, over the years, morphed into an event that attracts the attention of tourists and visitors from other parts of the world.
The Early Years…
According to legend, the festival was borne out of the yearly sacrifice done to celebrate the river goddess, who serves as the protector of the the clan. The legend goes thus: about seven centuries ago, when the current Osogbo community was founded.
Susanne Wenger “Adunni Olorisa”: Austrian woman who traded marriage for love of Nigerian culture; Rotimi Akinola; Newsroom
It’s eight years since the passing of Adunni Olorisa Susanne Wenger, the legendary Austrian artist who worked and lived in Oshogbo, South-West Nigeria, empowering local artistes and preserving the culture and heritage of the people for over sixty years.
Adunni Olorisa was born in 1915 and passed on at the beginning of 2009. Between the events of her birth and death, Olorisa, experienced art and culture in the West and in Africa. She settled for the latter.
She visited Europe after spending almost three decades in Nigeria but admitted to friends “I didn’t’ fit in”.
If linguist Ulli Beier had known taking Wenger to the African country would turn her into “Olorisa”, he probably would have had second thoughts about teaching Phonetics at the University of Ibadan.
The couple had met in Paris after Wenger moved there in 1949.
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.