Ogun State houses some of the most historically interesting places to visit when on holiday. Even if you are visiting for a short period of time, taking advantage of the opportunity to visit any of these places will totally be worth the while. The State government has also shown a tremendous amount of interest in tourism by renovating and refurbishing tourist sites around the state.

When going on a trip to any of these 9 tourist attractions in Ogun State, the following should be taken along. A water bottle, sunscreen, a face towel, a camera, a journal, a cell phone, ATM cards should be packed and light clothing is preferable.

1. Lisabi Sacred Forest

The history of this forest is deeply intertwined with the history of the warrior it is named after and the people of Egba land. Lisabi fought bravely and tirelessly during the inter-tribal wars that occurred between the Egba people and other tribes. It was said that he went to this forest with a few other warriors and their family to take solace in its depth. Rare bird  and plant species can be found in this forest. It is also believed that the remains of this great warrior is still housed in this forest. There is an annual march to Lisabi Forest by the sons and daughters of Egba land to Lisabi forest to commemorate and remember the greatness that was the legend, Lisabi.

2. Olumo Rock

This is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa. The city of Olumo derives its name from this rock. Abeokuta meaning “under the rock” is reminiscent of how the sons and daughters of Egba land used this great rock as a fortress during the inter-tribal wars of the 19th century. The rock is recently managed by the state government. The entrance fee into the property is anywhere from ₦700 to ₦1000. There is an art and artifacts shop on the premises and an eatery where guests can buy snacks and relax. There are knowledgeable tour guides on site and guests who are unable to climb the rock can take the elevator or stairs.

3. Bilikisu Sungbo Shrine

Located in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, the Bilikisu Sungbo Shrine is a set of walls built for defense and also to unite the different tribes in that region. It was built in 800 – 1000 AD in honour of the noble woman, Oloye Bilikisu Sungbo. The walls are currently covered with moss and locals go there to pay homage to her heritage by visiting this shrine. It has gained the attention of some archaeologists and is one of the oldest man-made monuments in West Africa.

4. Ebute Oni Tourist Beach

This beach was first discovered by locals and then the state government stepped in and began reconstruction on site. Chalets, where guests can sleep overnight and wake up to the sound of the ocean, were added as well as other facilities like restaurants, bars and art shops were added. Stalls, where guests can sit with friends and relax, are also on site.

5. Abeokuta Museum

This is one of the places that history lovers flock to. This museum which is at the heart of Abeokuta features arts and artefacts that tell a story of Prehistoric Nigeria, war relations and strategy amongst the Yoruba warriors, specifically the legendary warriors of Egba land and many more. There are curators on site to take guests around and also provide information about any item that piques one’s interest.

6. Osuuru Water Springs

Situated in the Imeko/ Afron local government area, the Osuuru Water Springs flows in torrents from a rocky hill. It drains down onto a flat surface and then into a valley. The area is very relaxing and guests can come here to take beautiful nature-inspired pictures, relax and have a picnic with friends and family on the grasslands beside the Water Springs.

7. Centenary Hall

The Centenary Hall which was built in 1950 is a monument that was erected to commemorate the peace that reigned in Abeokuta due to the absence of inter-tribal wars. It is located opposite the Alake of Ake’s palace, another historically important place.

8. Yemoji Natural Swimming Pool

This swimming pool is located in the Yemoji Tourist Centre which is situated a few kilometres from Ijebu Ode Township. The pool is a very refreshing place to take a dip after a long day. It is one of nature’s wonders that are situated in Ogun State.

9. Iwopin Boat Regatta

Some festivals are celebrated at this boat regatta. It is an interesting spot to visit and take boat rides. It is located at Iwopin, Ogun Waterside, Ogun State.

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