HISTORICAL LANDMARK AND ITS HIGHLIGHTS
- 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. The Egba originally inhabited Abeokuta.
- It stands at a height of 137 meters above sea level.
- The name Olumo means “troubles and sufferings are all over”.
- 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.
- One of Nigeria’s most fascinating tourist centers. Since the completion of innovations like a new museum, restaurants, water fountain in 2006, the site has continued to draw tourists from all over.
- 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.
- There is a tree that has leaves that never dithers irrespective of the weather. It is used for medicinal purposes.
- It has an elevator that can take you to the topmost part but it’s more fun to climb the stairs.
- There are small caves where Egba people were said to have hidden their wives and kids during the war.
- There are also holes dug in those caves where the Egba people used for grinding pepper, onions and so on.
- You can sight the old St. Peters Cathedral (first church in Nigeria), the Ogun River, the city’s beautiful central mosque, the Alake’s palace (royal king’s palace) and other significant places from the top.