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    13 fascinating facts about Olumo Rock



    Olumo Rock, is not only significant to the historical legacy of the Egba people, it is also a tourism icon of inestimable proportion for Ogun state. Just like the name “Olumo” meaning “Planted by God Almighty,” this monumental tourist and historical site holds fascinating history that should never be forgotten.


    You should never forget these 13 facts about Olumo Rock.


    1. It is about 137 meters high and 1938 meters above sea level.

    2. The name “Olumo” is a combination of two words; “Olu” (god/deity) and “mo” (moulded).

    3. A famous hunter named “Adagba” discovered Olumo Rock.

    4. It served as a hiding place during war, and for indigenes to clearly view the enemy’s advancement.

    5. It was not just a shelter it also served as a tower of strength to the Egbas in protecting their territory.

    6. Olumo Rock is very symbolic to the people of Egba because it represents nationalism, unity and freedom.

    7. Egba warriors regarded Olumo Rock as a protection shrine and a place where sacrifices are made to its deity.

    8. A woman called “Iya Orisa Olumo” lived her entire life under the famous rock. She was in charge of sacrifices made in the shrine to appeal to the gods of the rock.

    9. The ruler of Egba, “Alake of Egbaland”, prays and offers sacrifices at the shrine on behalf of the people.

    10. The rock houses a mystery tree which had been in existence for over 200 years. The tree is known to always flourish throughout the seasons.

    11. Olumo Rock officially became a tourist site in 1976.

    12. Olumo Rock is a natural edifice; pride of the people of Abeokuta and Nigeria at large.

    13. Olumo Rock is located in Abeokuta, Ogun state.

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    36 states Naija destinations – Part 4



    All encompassing, both in cultural dynamism, ethnicities, value, landscapes, natural resources and captivating scenic views all over the country, Nigeria is the true definition of a tourism attraction destination that gives you a run for your trip money!

    Bauchi State – As the ‘Pear of Tourism’, Bauchi state is endowed with three wildlife parks and the most popular of them being the Yankari National Park, a large wildlife park which is home to a series of wildlife in their natural habitat. The glory of the scenic wildlife park radiates through its natural warm water springs, and varieties of flora and fauna. The tourism attraction is located about 110km along Bauch-Gombe road in the south-central part of the state covering 2,244 square kilometers. This location is in the heartland of the West Africa Savanna hereby making it the most popular destination for tourists who visit Nigeria. If you’re yet to take the trip, now is the time!

    Akwa Ibom State – The “Land of Promise” glows with its captivating ‘Aqua Obio River’, although wrongly spelt and pronounced as the ‘Qua Iboe River’ by the early Europeans who came to Nigeria, regardless, this enchanting scenic view located in Ibeno Local Government Area of the state stands tall as one of Akwa Ibom State’s hydrographic features bringing all and sundry to experience the beauty of nature. The magnificent river rises near Umuahia in Abia State Nigeria and flows in the southeastern direction through Akwa Ibom state to the Atlantic Ocean.

    Adamawa State – The ‘Land of Beauty’ as it is popularly called is characterised by all round inherent aesthetics. From the scenic mountain and land traversed by the massive river valleys of Benue, Gongola and Yadsarem with the valleys of Cameroon, Mandara and Adamawa Mountains, as well as tropical dry and rainy season climate, Adamawa State is indeed the land of beauty, one that everyone should have the pleasure of beholding in this lifetime.

    Edo State – The ‘Heartbeat of the Nation’ gets its global attraction from a number of natural attractions within the state, however, The Okomu National Park also known as the ‘Okomu Wildlife Sanctuary’ located in the Ovia South-West Local Government Area of Edo State is one of the most beautiful natural rainforest ecosystem in the world. Take a trip to Edo State and see how Okomu National Park conserves the biodiversity of the region.

    Bayelsa State – The ‘Glory of All Lands’ ‘Lake Efi’, a huge natural lake located between the Taylor Creek and Kalama compound in Sabagreia at Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State makes both local and international tourists book Bayelsa State as a first destination especially during the fishing festival. The lake is seated on about 2 km square area and surrounded by a forest.

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    Ile-Ife history deeper than what’s available in academic institutions — Ooni



    The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has said that the history of the ancient city of Ile-Ife is deeper than what is available in academic institutions.

    Ooni disclosed this on Saturday during a press conference on the theme, “International Conference on Ile-Ife and Yoruba Civilisation: The Nexus between Tradition and Modernity,” held at his palace in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

    He lauded the organisers of the event saying that it would pave the way for proper documentation of Ile-Ife history.

    “As the 51st Ooni of Ife, in the third dynasty of Ife, I noted that there are so many facts that were not written down about the nexus of tradition and modality.

    “Our oral tradition has not been adequately written down, so many facts and figures were distorted from the original history of Kaaro-o-o-jiire.

    “For me to build the legacy for the entire Kaaro-o-o-jiire race, that is known as Yoruba people, we are discovering every day that our history is deeper than what we have in various academic institutions,” Ooni said.

    He commended the team led by a Lecturer at the Department of History, International Studies, Osun State University, Prof. Siyan Oyefeso, as very passionate and fantastic people working together to put history in the right perspective.

    The royal father revealed that Ghanians had traced their lineage to Aga-Ako in Ile-Ife and that Ethiopians are sons and daughters of Oranmiyan in Okerewe, Eredumi ruling house in Ife to date.

    “Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania categorically told me when I traveled to their countries that they migrated from Ile-Ife and they are sons and daughters of the source, while all these cannot be found in any archive.

    “We are leading the team globally, nobody has documented the three dynasties, only the last dynasty, Ife Akanlubebe, which I’m the 51st Ooni, was documented to a large extent.

    “But the two, Ife Oodaye and Ife Ooyelagbo, some professors talked briefly on them, but during this international conference, the duo will be deeply rooted.

    “Their rulers, supernatural beings that form these dynasties like the Luwos, the Agbaakos., the Oromos, Oranmiyans, all over the continents of Africans, the Bantoos, the Baribas will be dealt with,” Ooni added.

    Oba Ogunwusi tasked the indigenes to support the conveners of the conference in order to properly document the history of their race.

    “If we fail to do it this time around, nobody will do it for us. We cannot be waiting for any Western country to continue with wrong documentation,” he said.

    Earlier, Oyefeso had said the conference is an international academic gathering that needs the royal blessing of Ooni.

    Oyefeso said that apart from the royal blessing, the conference would deepen the body of literature on Ile-Ife and Yoruba civilisation.

    He stated that facts would be established that Ile-Ife is not just the cradle of the Yoruba race, but a place where Yoruba identity was formed.

    “Right from the Oduduwa revolution to the three phases of Ile-Ife history, Ife Oodaye, Ife Oyelagbo and Ife Akanlubebe, have not been put in the right perspective.

    “We want to ensure that Nigerians are aware that before the 51st dynasty, there had been three phases and it’s the third phase that his royal majesty is now the 51st Ooni of Ife.

    “So when people talk about the history of Ile-Ife, they talk about it in generic terms, we want to draw that distinction,” the convener said.

    “The main purpose of the conference is to invite a body of scholars at the international, national, state and local levels to reexamine the existing literature.

    “And to come out with a new original and unsearched evidence which might have been unresearched. A number of experts in Yoruba history, and archeology would be part of the conference.

    “Eminent scholars overseas and in Nigeria that would partake in the conference are Prof. Cordelia Osasona, Professor of Architecture, OAU; Prof. Oyeronke Olademo, Professor of Comparative Religious Studies of the Unilorin.

    “Others include Prof. Akin Ogundiran, Professor of Africana Studies, Anthropology & History of Northwestern University, United States of America and the 18th President of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists among others.

    “In less than eight years of Oba Ogunwusi on the throne, there are a lot of changes in the architectural and infrastructural landscape in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife within the 60 years of establishment.

    “Ile-Ife is now the home of tourism and hospitality, it is a great destination of today, Ooni is a proprietor of Ojaja University, Eyenkorin, Ilorin, Kwara.

    “He established the hospitality industry in the leading city of Nigeria today like Ife Grand Resort, Ojaja Arena, Ojaja Cinema, Adire Odua hub, Ojaja More in Ife, Ede, Ibadan, Akure, Lagos among other cities,” Oyefeso expressed.

    The historian said that Oba Ogunwusi had impacted greatly on Yoruba history and culture, encouraging archeologists and historians to partner by coming together to deepen their understanding, not just of the history of Ile-Ife but of the entire Yoruba race.

    He said that the academic conference would be held between Oct. 10 and Oct. 12 at Ojaja Arena, Ife Grand Resort, Km 4, Ife-Ibadan Expressway, Ile-Ife.

    “The Ooni has positioned Ile-Ife as a leading light in the making of modern Nigeria, embarked on several local and foreign trips to tie the loose ends and reestablish the cultural significance of the Yoruba race.

    “Ooni is passionate about the preservation and restoration of the ancient city of Ile-Ife, since ascension to the throne,” he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria {NAN} reports that the conference would basically be on documenting the history of Ile-Ife in terms of culture, archeology, history, tourism, hospitality and international networking.

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    How school girls at FGGC Sagamu built an AI Robot called ‘Kiki-Saggy’



    Secondary school girls of the Federal Government Girls’ College (FGGC) Sagamu, Ogun State, have unveiled an AI robot called ‘Okikiola-Sagamu’, also known as Kiki-Saggy.

    The project, which involved 10 students and a few staff members, was unveiled to the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, David Adejo, in Abuja.

    The students, drawn from both the senior and junior classes, said the AI robot project took about seven months, adding that Kiki-Saggy can talk, walk and even gesticulate.

    According to them, the robot stands at a height of six feet, weighs 60kg, and has a maximum speed of 10km per hour. When asked about the construction phase of the robot, the innovators explained that they were able to harness the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning. They said ‘Okiki-Saggy’ was their first successful trial as there

    They also attributed their success to the training from their teachers, especially the school principal, Dr Muyibat Olodo, who also doubled as the head of the robotics team, and, a capacity-building organisation that leverages robotics and other emerging technologies to empower young learners and teachers across Africa.

    At the unveiling, Olodo emphasised how technology is aiding innovation and paving the way for a brighter future. She added that the futuristic fields are empowering students to unleash their creativity, problem-solving skills, and technological prowess.

    Speaking on the possibilities and advancements that can be made in the future, Olodo noted that innovation is a continuous process, and some subjects taught in colleges are shaping the minds of young learners, equipping them with tools needed to thrive in a world driven by cutting-edge technologies.

    According to the girls, the team was faced with technical difficulties, complex coding, financial challenges, hardware issues, hole drilling, and even integration of different components.

    However, they pointed out that overcoming the challenges led to valuable learning experiences and rewarding outcomes. They expressed hope that the Federal Government would support the team to make a better version of Kiki Saggy.

    The advancement in robotics technology has been noticeable. From more sophisticated sensors and actuators to improved artificial intelligence algorithms, robots are becoming smarter, more capable, indulged, and more adaptable. They can now navigate complex environments, perform delicate tasks with precision, and even learn from their experiences.

    Moreover, collaborative robots, known as cobots, are gaining popularity as they can work alongside humans, enhancing productivity and safety in various industries. With ongoing research in robotic industries and development, the future of robotics technology looks promising.

    Robots are being designed to understand and respond to human emotions, making them more intuitive and capable of providing personalised assistance. This opens up possibilities for companionship, caregiving, and enhancing overall human well-being.

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