Beautifully situated in the city of Abeokuta, Ogun State, Olumo rock is a popular tourist attraction. This historic site has drawn a lot of tourists from all over the world and amazingly some people in Nigeria have never visited it. Well, here are six(6) things every one should know about it.
1. It was used as a fortress by the Egba people in the early 19th century. The Egba people found refuge at the Olumo rock during inter-tribal wars in the 19th century. The rock provided sanctuary to the people as well as a vantage point to monitor the enemy’s advance leading to eventual triumph in war. Abeokuta was originally inhabited by the Egba.
2. It stands at a height of 137 metres above sea level.
3.The name Olumo means “troubles and sufferings are all over”.
4. Olumo Rock is the most significant representation of Egba people. It is the distinctive monument linked with their heroism and freedom. The rock is a symbol of unity and freedom for the Egba people and all those that reside in Abeokuta.
5.One of Nigeria’s most fascinating tourist centres. Since the completion of new innovations like a new museum, restaurants, water fountain in 2006, the site has continued to draw tourists from all over.
6. The Olumo festival which holds around March sees sons and daughters of the town, comprising four sections, Ake, Owu, Gbagura and Oke Ona Egba, come from far and near to join in the celebrations.