“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.”
– Samuel Johnson
Here comes another fantastic opportunity to be on one of our fun road trips. For those who haven’t heard about us, we are one of the guys around the country who are trying to change the face of tourism in Nigeria. Even though the task sounds like a huge burden, we have been trying our best to showcase the beauty of the hidden Nigeria that hasn’t been discovered by so many due to lack of proper information.
A quick look at our Instagram page @Irinajo_ng shows our strength and ambition. Going by our mission, we intend to ‘journey round the world, one city at a time‘ and we haven’t done badly with our exploration of Nigerian destinations. Of course, charity begins at home.
From seeing the authentic relics of slave trade in Nigeria at Badagry to the longest canopy walk way in Africa at the Lekki Conversation Centre, LCC, also, to far away Ikogosi Cold and Warm Spring in Ekiti State down to the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Osogbo, Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove. Our ambition isn’t limited in any way.
This time around, our bus moves once again to the State of Osun where we have lined up a few interesting place. We are incorporating history learning as one of the deliverables of the trip. Tourism moves to the palace (royalty) to visit a first class Yoruba Oba to learn some history.
We have chosen to visit the Palace of Owa Obokun Adimula of Ijesha situated in Ilesha, the traditional headquarters of Ijesaland and the capital of the first Local Council in Nigeria (Ijesa/Ekiti Parapo Council). It was inaugurated by the British Colonial Administrator on 21 June 1900, comprising of the present day Ondo and Ekiti States of Nigeria.
History learning is not going to stop there, we shall also visit the Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove. It is a UNESCO certified world heritage site located in the city of Osogbo in Osun State, which had an Austrian, Susanne Wenger known as Adunni Olorisa as the guardian of the sacred grove before she died in January 2009. Who is this Susanne Wenger? Why was this Sacred certified as a World Heritage Site? These and many riddles we intend to solve on this trip.
The fun-filled trip will also include a visit to the popular 7 steps of Erin-Ijesha Water Falls. How many of those steps can you climb?
Come and answer by participating in #TourismMeetsRoyalty scheduled for November 12 – 13. To be part of this amazing weekend getaway:
- You must be 18 years of age.
- Fee is N25,000 for a shared room while you can also have a room to yourself for N30,000. Fee includes transportation,feeding, accommodation and access to everywhere listed on the itinerary.
Please note that take off time is 7am at Mobil Filling Station at Maryland, Lagos. For payment details and sponsorship, please call Damola on 08060053370 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow our social media handles @irinajo_ng on twitter and Instagram and Irinajo.NG on Facebook.
#TourismMeetsRoyalty, November’s tourism getaway!
P.S. I would be joining @UnravellingNigeria to Oke-Ado Mountains and Ado-Awaye Suspended Lake next week.
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