Ogbunike Caves

Posted: August 11, 2014 in Tourism Nigeria
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The Ogbunike Caves are located in Ogbunike, Anambra State, southeastern Nigeria.

Its on the outskirts of the town behind the undulating Ogba hills, 10km from Onitsha, the caves are also referred to as ‘Ogba Ogbunike’;cocooned in a valley blanketed by tropical rain forest and buffered by 20 hectares of lush vegetation.

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The caves which sit on two levels, the lower of which leads to an underground river, are a network of about ten tunnels, sandstone chambers, and streams each one with its own rich history and traditional stories all narrated by tour guides during visits. Visitors are advised to carry along a torch and light water proof covering.

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The collection of caves has been in use over centuries by local people for whom it has particular spiritual significance. This spiritual significance is still apparent, as the “Ime Ogbe” celebration is undertaken every year to commemorate the discovery of the caves.

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Descending into the valley where the caves are located is a lengthy walkway made up of about 317 steps said to have been constructed by the Anambra State Government in the mid 90s. Visitors must remove their shoes before entering the caves, as per tradition. And women who are having their monthly circle cannot go in.

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The main cave consists of a massive structure with a big open chamber of about 5m high, 10m wide and 30m long at the entrance. There are ten tunnels at the main chamber leading to different directions. Within the tunnels are big chambers and other tunnels of varying lengths, some of which are inter connected. The caves are occupied by a large colony of bats of various sizes.

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There are streams and body of water at various places. A stream flows out from one of the tunnels into a rapid flowing river (River Nkissa). At the meeting point of the river and the stream one can feel the warm water from the caves and the cold river water. Beside this portion of the river is a table land of about 5 X 5 square meters used as a relaxation spot by visitors to the caves. The immediate environment of the caves up to about 200 meters radius is a thick tropical rainforest type of vegetation. The site has sufficient boundaries (20 hectares) to protect its values from direct effects of human encroachment.

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The Ogbunike caves like the ancient cave temple of Arochukwu in Abia State of Nigeria were a symbol of justice. Ogbunike caves have attractive waterfall at the North West part of the cave that could compare to Kalambo falls in East Africa. The caves are believed to have been in existence for centuries with minimal defacement. The caves occupy a large expanse of area.3HITACHI

It is a place where Africans hid from slave raiding parties during the slave trade. Sandstone caves are rare and small. It was formed by tectonic forces, which produced weak zones in the rock. Physiochemical and biological weathering and erosion formed the cave. The cave has a large bat colony.

According to Igbo oral tradition, there was a god called Ogba who lived inside the cave in the middle of a large rock. Despite the opaque nature of the rock, he was an all-seeing spirit who could detect crimes, especially, theft. When someone was accused of crime, he could prove his innocence by entering the cave. The guilty ones never returned alive. The town is Ogbunike and the cave is called Ogba, like the god. But the English name used by tourists is Ogbunike cave.

CREDIT: Nairaland,john2012.blogspot.com, wikipedia

 

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The Abuja National Mosque is one tourist attraction centre that tourist cannot overlook as they visit Nigeria as it relates to religious education and enquiry, worship and indebt understanding of Islamic values and doctrines e.t.c. Its located on the Independence Avenue, Phase 1, Abuja and is not too far from the National Christian Centre (formerly the National Ecumenical Center).It was once described as the best mosque in Africa in terms of the architectural design, the National Mosque is indeed a very impressive edifice. Also known as the Abuja National Mosque or the Nigerian National Mosque, the structure is the national mosque of Nigeria.

 

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A view from outside the mosque

A view from outside the mosque

The project started in the 1982 when President Shehu Shagari, Nigeria’s first elected civilian president, in clear violation of the secular charter of the nation, gave out the sum of N10 million naira each and plots of land to the Muslims and Christians for the construction of the National Mosque and the National Cathedral (National Christian Center) respectively. At about that time too, the Shagari government was planning to move the national capital from Lagos to Abuja.

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It was reported that the construction of the mosque and some other Islamic centers in Abuja was also assisted by the defunct Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI). AIM Consultants handled the design, planning and architecture while Lodigiani Nigeria Limited was the general contractor. The Abuja National Mosque remains one of the most enchanting buildings in the nation.

The design of the mosque complex was done in such a way that it will look imposing from various parts of Abuja. The complex itself is located to the northwest terminus of the Cultural Mall Area.

After almost 10 years of planning, designing and building, the Abuja National Mosque was finally ready for commissioning in 1991 and on hand to do justice to that was the military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida.

In late November, 1989, the completion of the mosque was celebrated at an Islamic conference in Africa and the event drew tens of thousands of guests. As at that time, under the Babangida regime.

You would agree with me that this mosque is a magnificent edifice. I call on our government and all Nigerians to protect and maintain that, that we have and not allow them waste away. Most of our structures are in states of disrepair and next to nothing is done about that. People let me know your views.

CREDIT: Naijarchives, googlemap.

YANKARI GAME RESERVE

Posted: July 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

A symbol of National pride, the Yankari National Park is located in the South Central part of Bauchi State (Alkaleri Local Government Area), in the North Eastern part of Nigeria in a swathe of the West African savanna, about 225 kilometers to the northeast of Jos. It is a vast wildlife park covering some 2,244 km² (870 mi²). The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has classified Yankari as a Category II National Park. A national park (Category II) is defined thus: Large natural or near-natural areas protecting large-scale ecological processes with characteristic species and ecosystems, which also have environmentally and culturally compatible spiritual, scientific, educational, recreational and visitor opportunities.

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Nigeria is a nation of incredibly enchanting beauty. Pristine beauty and spellbinding natural wonders. From the Wase Rock to the Assop Falls, both in Plateau State to the heavenly heights of the Obudu Mountain Resort in Cross River to the vast Oguta Natural Lake in Imo State, Nigeria is full of awesome scenery and unforgettable sights.

Yankari, Nigeria’s most popular national park and one of the most prominent spots of eco-tourism in West Africa.

One of the best selling points of the Yankari National Park is the presence of numerous natural features. Many think Yankari is all about large elephants and slithering crocodiles but it is also home to numerous natural warm springs that you will find to be absolutely delightful and nothing can make your day as interesting as taking a dip in one of the blue, crystal-clear and glassy warm springs of the Yankari. As a result of the geothermal activity in the park. There is a total of four natural warm springs in Yankari AND one cool water spring.

The impeccable structure of the Yankari game reserve cannot totally be covered in one post. So occasionally we would critically examine the spring and lakes in the game reserve.

Watch out for the next episode of YANKARI NATIONAL PARK

CREDITS: Naijarchive, Bill and Nelle.

RIYOM ROCK NIGERIA.

Posted: July 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Riyom rock is one of the most enchanting scenes in Nigeria, it’s located in Riyom town 25 kilometers to the South West of Jos Plateau State, NIgeria.
Plateau State is the twelfth largest state of NIgeria, and is popularly celebrated as the home of peace and tourism.

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Taking a look at the way and manner these mighty boulders are arranged on top of one another in that delicate position for thousands, if not millions of years, one cannot but be awed by the majestic wonders of nature.

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When viewed from some angles the formation resembles the map of Plateau State. Research has it that an undisclosed group is clamoring for the rock formation to be listed as the 8th wonder of the World. The formation of the rock is also popularly known as the THREE ROCKS.
This fantastic tourist attraction is a major hub in Nigeria’s Tourism Industry.

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How much of this rock do you know?
Some of this content was culled from Naijarchives.

KWA WATER FALLS NIGERIA

Posted: July 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Kwa Water Falls, is situated in Anegeje Village in Akamkpa Local Government Area of Cross River State Nigeria, just about 27kilometers from Calabar on a good rural road. These Water Falls also located in a narrow, steep gorge on the headwaters of the Kwa River.

It has a sparkling effect as it systematically flows through the mounds of igneous rocks of tropical reminiscence, which is located in the Oban division of the Cross River National Park.

Kwa water Falls has a unique characteristic of a well arranged staircase of 234 steps from the plane down to the rest place at the bottom of the waters.
It’s surrounds by a tropical mangrove forest of Mahogany, Ebony and Spruce trees adding to the the falls undulating landscape.

The nearby Kwa River Sand Beach is recommended for a naturally uninterrupted and peaceful relaxation of all tourists local and abroad, the Kwa River Sand beach is a never say no situation.

EBOMI LAKE NIGERIA .

Posted: July 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

20140714-193258-70378889.jpg. Ebomi lake, also known as ‘THE MYSTERIOUS LAKE’ is located at IPesi in Akoko South West Local Government area of Ondo State Nigeria. The lake is about 1.7km in length and 45metres wide.
It’s also found between an estimated boundary between Edo and Ondo States. History has it that the people of IPesi met the lake at that point known as IPesi and this said people popularly refer to this body of water as ‘THE BOTTOMLESS LAKE’.
The lake boast of a special priest whose responsibility is to fervently and consistently appease the lake and it’s powers in times of trouble and general protection of the town. Although the said lake is surrounded by trees it’s mysterious to note leaves never floats on the lake.
An unconfirmed report has it that Nigeria is blessed with countless number of mysterious and very powerful lakes, scattered across the country some of these lakes are even held sacred and adored and very well pass for tourist attraction centers. If you have such lakes in your locality, please let us know its name and location, we would visit the site, study it and then update you and our prospective tourists accordingly.

LET THE PICS SPEAK

Posted: July 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

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20140709-193000-70200852.jpg. The question is how best can we maintain our national monuments and turn them into generating foreign exchange for the betterment of Our great nation Nigeria.

I get highly disappointed each time i remember the way and manner we Nigerians and the government of the day handles matters that concerns tourism. In our quest as a nation to meet our millennium development goals and also to become one of the first 20 economies in the World come 2020, in other to achieve this and so much more funds are necessary.

Our neglect of critical sectors of the economy which i believed if we had given commiserate level of attention like that of crude oil would have placed us on a level where we would lift our shoulders high amongst the committee of Nations.

Critical sectors such as first, Trade and Industry, unfortunately, we were configured to be a consumer instead of a producing state by our colonial masters who made away to their home countries with our mineral resources, turn them into finished goods and bring them back to us to buy ” OH WHAT A WORLD”, even till today modern colonialism still bites hard on us through neo-colonialism and globalization.

Secondly, the Agricultural sector is one which was the main stay of our economy before the discovery of crude oil in commercial quantity in Oloibiri in River state in 1956, was not only paralyzed but buried and forgotten in its entirety.

Finally, the Tourism sector is that which every serious minded nation makes a fortune from and Nigeria is not an exemption and if only we can tap into this untapped gold mine of ours called tourism in Nigeria, am certain that our economy would be robust enough to even challenge for the present position of these first world economies.Hence the need to reactivate, restructure, reorganize and re-lubricate the wheels of our tourism sector to ride into its international prominence and recognition.

Please lets discuss,share ideas and concepts on how to better our tourism sector. Your opinion counts as we join forces to propel this vehicle to its productive conclusion.

 

Nigeria a tourist heaven.

Posted: July 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

Nigeria is all we have. Lets make it happen. lets tell our story the way it should be told.

A BRIEF HISTORY

Posted: July 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

Nigeria is the most populous black nation with an estimated population of over 170,000,000, a country in Western Africa comprising of thirty six states and one Federal capital territory. It boast of over 250 ethnic groups, but the three largest and most influential are the Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba’s. Its under record that human habitation in Nigeria dates back to 9000BC while modern Nigeria dates from 1914 when Lord Lugard amalgamated both the Northern and Southern protectorate.

In October 1, 1960 Nigeria became an independent state from colonial rule and became a republic three years latter in 1963. It suffered a setback in the place of a civil war which paralyzed her growth, development and economy for three years from 1967-1970.

Not long men from the barracks toppled power and took charge until 1999 when democratic rule was restored and till date, the dividents of democracy cannot be over emphasized.