BRIEF OF HISTORY OF EKITI STATE

Ekiti State is in Southwest region of Nigeria, declared a state on 1 October 1996 alongside five other states in the country by the then military government under head of state, General Sani Abacha. As one of the newest states of the Nigerian federation, it was carved out of the territory of old Ondo State, and covers the former 12 local government areas that made up the Ekiti Zone of old Ondo State. On creation, it had 16 Local Government Areas (LGAs), having had an additional four carved out of the old ones. Ekiti State is one of the 36 states (Inc. Federal Capital Territory (Nigeria)) that constitute Nigeria.

Following a prolonged political crisis, President Olusegun Obasanjo imposed a military administrator (General Tunji Olurin) on Ekiti State in October 2006. On 27 April 2007, Olurin was replaced by Tope Ademiluyi. In the PDP primary of 2006, the first-place finisher Yinka Akerele and second-place finisher Prof. Adesegun Ojo were supposed to be in a run-off to determine who would be the nominee of the Nigerian ruling party when President Obasanjo summoned them to Abuja and imposed the candidate who came third, Engineer Segun Oni.[5] He was later elected in the 2007 election as the governor of the state in an election marred by widespread irregularities although the APC candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi challenged his election and forced a rerun in May, 2009.[6]

The May 2009 rerun was characterized by even worse rigging and the election was disputed again. Eventually, after three years, the election of Oni was thrown out and Dr. Fayemi was declared the duly elected governor of Ekiti State.

The prominent private university in Ekiti State is Afe Babalola University, Ado–Ekiti (ABUAD), founded by the lawyer, philanthropist, administrator, and farmer Afe Babalola, #SAN.

EGBE DAM

This Dam is constructed on Ose River at Egbe Ekiti in Ekiti East Local Government.

The dam supplies the whole Local Government regular pipe-borne water. Both fishing and irrigation systems of farming are practice by the villagers. People go to Egbe Ekiti from all over the state to purchase fresh and smoked fish for their local consumption. Both dams and lakes are good resort centers for tourists coming to Ekiti on a visit.

Although the dam is not as big as Ero dam however it supplies water to seven local government and this resource reaches as far as the Akoko area of Ondo state. The dam comprises of seven river bodies to make it that full…

ERO WATER DAM

Ero dam and lake are man-made tourist attractions in the State. This dam is located at Ikun Ekiti in Moba Local Government of the State. The lake covers some kilometers. In fact, it was initially designed to cover only five kilometers but eventually it covered eleven kilometers. This dam supplies three Local Governments drinkable water and the Local Governments that benefit from this are: Oye, Ido-Osi and Moba itself. This is to say that the dam supplies over one hundred towns and villages in the state with pipe borne water.

According to experts, the dam is capable of supplying Ekiti State as a whole, portable water. The indigenes of the town and neighbors and even Hausas fish on this Ero lake. Local canoes, boats and modern flying boats are made use of by these fishermen. This dam encourages the people to practice irrigation (system of farming) in their environments…

Ero Dam and lake are man-made tourist attractions in the State. The indigenes of the town and neighbors and even Hausas fish on this Ero lake. Local canoes, boats and modern flying boats are made use of by these fishermen. This dam encourages the people to practice irrigation (system of farming) in their environments…

FAJUYI SQUARE, ADEKUNLE FAJUYI PARK

It is a triangular park where the late Colonel Adekunle Fajuyi was buried.

This park is at Ado Ekiti, the heart of Ekiti-land in Ekiti State. Colonel Adekunle Fajuyi was the Governor of the Old Western State. He was swept off by the coup of 1966 but accorded a heroic burial for his sacrifice and patriotism.

He was killed along with General Aguiyi Ironsi during the first military coup in Nigeria, the Park is home to the final resting place of the late soldier.

Tourists who are interested in researching Fajuyi’s heroic exploits and the events leading to the civil war in Nigerian history always find their way to the place. The Park is equipped with a fountain, game arcade, children’s playground, mini-museum/archival center and restaurant/bar The Park was built to serve as the last resting place in honor of the late former governor of the old Western region of Nigeria, Colonel Adekunle Fajuyi, who was also an indigene of the community.

Location: Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

ARINTA WATERFALLS

Arinta Waterfalls is one of the finest tourist destination in Nigeria…

The road that leads to the fall passes through the Ikogosi Tourist Center. Located at Ipole Iloro, Ekiti State it is a few minutes to Ikogosi Warm Spring. From Ado Ekiti the capital city.

Tourists could feel the cold effect of this fall from about 10 meters away. Arinta Waterfalls consist of seven different cascades. Everyone that goes to Arinta Waterfalls gets to the first layer. To go further will now depend on every visitor’s capability to get to other cascades. Each cascade has unique features. The water from the fall is believed to have medicinal value. It is said that it has the power to cure skin diseases. However, the waterfall is not regarded as a deity or worshipped.

There is a cobblestone of about 25cm in diameter in one of the seven cascades of the waterfall. It is called the “wonderful stone”. It is said that no one on earth can lift the stone. Since Arinta Waterfalls has been known, nobody till today has been able to lift the stone. This stone is believed to be a rare mystery.

The community harboring the waterfalls, Ipole Iloro is a rural settlement surrounded by undulating mountains, thick evergreen forest and flowing rivers.

Arinta Waterfalls is a place for relaxation, picnic, mountain climbing, bush trails, hiking and many more. A research recently carried out by an Afro American indicated that the water falls could generate electricity (Hydro-electric power). This resort center is naturally endowed with thick and evergreen forest.

It is a wonderful sight to behold.

IKOGOSI WARM SPRINGS RESORT

Ikogosi Warm Springs Resort is a newly commissioned tourist resort that offers excellent facilities and superb accommodation services. The resort is situated within the vicinity of the popular Ikogosi Warm Spring in Ekiti State where natural warm spring meets and flows side by side with cold spring, is surrounded by natural beauty such as hills and lush grounds, it is a home away from home!

With one of the Nigeria’s most remarkable wonders of nature, this well-landscaped 116-hectare Ikogosi Warm Spring and Resort is a leading tourist destination in the country.

The resort facilities are built in conformity with international standard, and they offer first class customer satisfaction with an exquisite restaurant serving intercontinental dishes as well as local flavours…

The meeting point of warm and cold spring…Ekiti State is richly endowed with tourism potentials. Tourists to the state would be irresistibly charmed with the beauties of Ikogosi where warm and cold water oozing from different sources flowing separately to join in a pool but each retaining its thermal identity.

Geographical Location

Ikogosi Ekiti, where the warm spring is located is in Ekiti West Local government of Ekiti State of Nigeria. It is situated in a valley and from the surrounding hills rises the warm spring.

Historical Background

Giant Tortoise being taken care of by the Hard-working Zoological assistance…

Traditionally speaking, there are many stories from the indigenes of this town regarding the origin of the warm spring. A version of the stories rests more on the traditional belief of the people that both springs (Warm and Cold) were wives of the same husband who turned to springs water in the wake of rift and rivalry between them. The hot and ill-tempered first wife believed to have turned to the popular warm spring while the cool-tempered second wife turned to cold spring water. The husband became the undulating hills that encompass the springs. It is well established that some of the Villagers still worship the springs as their deities.

The scientific proof could not be wished away in favor of the traditional belief. The possible and plausible scientific explanation is that the deeper a body of water goes underground, the hotter it becomes and if by chance it is forced back to the surface through some earth fault, the temperature will be relatively high.

The Baptist mission in the early 50s established a youth and conference center and other conveniences on a hill adjacent to the warm spring area. This started attracting different people from far and near, even foreigner started visiting the center to the the work of nature. At the wake of 1978 however, the Ondo State acquired this popular tourist centre from Baptist Mission. A few infrastructure were put in place by this Mission before the resort center was acquired from them by the State government, but, after the acquisition of this center, however, both the federal and the state government focused attention on how to develop the center to a modern tourist resort.

Belief

The spring water is said to have some therapeutic effects in some diseases like rheumatism and guinea-worm. People who have access to the spring use it for the battery of their vehicles instead of the normal battery water.

OLOSUNTA AND OROLE HILLS

These two hills are located at Northern and southern parts of the town (Ikere Ekiti) respectively. They are both steep-sided hills. These are good resort centers for Tourists to visit and see for themselves what God has done for the State of Honor, Fountain of Knowledge. There are deities in charge of these two hills. Both are worshipped accordingly.

In line with the belief of the people of this town the Olosunta and Orole deities reside in the hills respectively. Both deities are credited with some feats such as provision of children to barren women and protection of Ikere from warfare. They are believed to be responsible for the welfare of the town. Ikere Ekiti is usually described as the only unconquered town in Ekiti during the popular inter-tribal wars.

Ikere-Ekiti, the second largest city in Ekiti State of Nigeria and popularly known as IK LONDON.

Ikere is the only town in Ekiti State that has a Local Government Area without any other subordinate towns or Villages.

A town of the twin warriors of people.

A town endowed with magnificent hills, including Òrólè and Olósùnta . The town is located between Ado-Ekiti (the capital of Ekiti State) and Akure (the capital of Ondo State).The gateway to Ekiti Land.

•OROLE BABA OKE

“Òrólè baba Òkè”: Òrólè, the king of the heights

History has it that, a long time ago, when Orole (“Oro-Ile” meaning “story of the land”) was known to be a low-lying rock out crop, the people of Oyo Kingdom rose up to attack Ikere Kingdom. The people of Oyo Alaafin wanted to capture and sell the people of Ikere to White men as slaves. Just before the Oyo soldiers gained entry into Ikere’ enclave, they became very tired and hungry and decided to stop and take some rest on a small yam plantation where Orole was located. They dug out yam tubers they found on the farm and feasted on them. As they stood up to attack the enclave of Ikere, the Orole began to rise out of the ground (while they were still on it) and before they realized what was happening, the were carried up to a height of about 1000 ft. Orole rose into a gigantic inselberg, so big and steep they couldn’t descend it. It was told that they tried escaping from the trap by tying their clothes together in pieces to use as ropes, but it amounted to futility. They decided to commit suicide by jumping off the inselberg. Every year, the people of Ikere-Ekiti offer sacrifices to Orole Inselberg in order to continue enjoying its protection.

•OLOSUNTA ORUN IKERE

“Olósùnta òrun Ìkéré”: Olósùnta, the heavens of Ikere Land…

Sometimes in the past, when the people of Ikere worshipped the massive Olosunta Inselberg as a god, another conflict took place again between the kingdoms of Oyo Alaafin and Ikere, in which the soldiers of Ikere fled before the Oyos and their leader ran into a cave. Since capturing a leader during war meant the end of a battle, the Oyo warriors found the cave but feared to enter the stygian hole. They even tried setting the cave on fire by using dried palm fronds, but their efforts were in vain. This was how the war ended. Every year a festival of remembrance called “Jóná Olosunta”” takes place in Ikere land to commemorate the Ikere warriors who died in the battle against Oyo kingdom. As part of the sacrificial rites, palm fronds are tied together and lit up- this is known as Òtifon. Snails, chicken and goat are also served as sacrifice to Olosunta rock.

Only the Olú–Ìkéré is allowed to make sacrifices to the rock.

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