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 […]
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.
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.
Nigeria is a country of many wonders. It has a lot of different and beautiful places that are worth visiting. They are loved both by Nigerians and tourists. Today we will cover the 20 most beautiful places in Nigeria.
Where are the most beautiful places in Nigeria?
Beauty can be found all around the country. Nigeria has vast forests, beautiful caverns, springs, parks, waterfalls and other wonders. All equally gorgeous and worth visiting. So let’s get started, shall we?
1. Osun-Oshogbo Sacred Grove
The sacred forest of Osun-Osogbo is located along the banks of the Osun river. The forest is outside the city of Osogbo, Osun State. Because of its global significance, it was described as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
2. Ikogosi Warm Springs
One of the most gorgeous places in the Ekiti State.
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.
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.