PLACES TO VISIT
Some people have likened the expansionist, political intrigue of Abeokuta's past to HBO's popular series, Game of Thrones. The vast patchwork of rusted corrugated iron roofs make Abeokuta look like a city stuck in a time warp but beneath those roofs is a vibrant economy. More and more, the rocky landscape, the hospitable people, the food and the culture make Abeokuta a choice destination for tourists in search of adventure.
Abeokuta, in Yoruba, means 'under the rock'. The rocks in Abeokuta are revered because the provide refuge for indigenes who were fleeing slave hunters from Dahomey and Ibadan in the early 18th Century.
Abeokuta is the capital of Ogun state which has a population of 449,088. It is about 90 minutes drive from the airport in neighbouring Lagos State.. The major ethnic group in Abeokuta are the Egbas whose paramount ruler is the Alake of Egbaland, HRH Oba Adedotun Gbadebo III. He ascended the throne in August 2005.
Before it became a tourist hub, Oluma Rock served as a safe haven for those fleeing from inter-tribal wars. It also offered Egba warriors a vantage position to watch their aggressors, granting them victory in battle. Olumo Rock rock is 137 meters above sea level. Brave it to the top and get a breathtaking panoramic view of Abeokuta. Although it got an unusual facelift from the Ogun State government about two decades ago, Olumo Rock remains one of Nigeria's most popular tourist attractions.