The Bourgie Boxing Day trip was amazing! If I do say so myself!
So get this, we went to Abeokuta on Boxing Day i.e Tuesday, December 26th and it saw us basking in the awesomeness of nature, history, culture, and great company.
Before I go on, I would like to tthank each person who came out on this trip – you are amazing! They were right on time and ensured that we stuck to the itinerary. Gbemisola, Michael, Alex, Benita, Benedicta, Omo, Betty, Alex, Wonuola, Korede, Ayotunde, Timilehin, Badrah, Emmanuel, Florence, Eki, IK, Rugba, Roselyn, Richson, Tosin, Uche, Rukeme, Tega, Damilare, Moyosore, and Doyin.
YOU ARE AMAZING!
For those of us who sadly missed out on this trip, let me try to recap what went down. We left Lagos around 9am for Abeokuta and Olumo Rock was our first stop. When we got into the Olumo Rock complex, some of us were a bit tired and needed some fuel and this was where we had our light breakfast from Ddee foods. We were then led into the Art complex where we saw a number of paintings and craft items. The curator also shared a bit of history with us when he told us about the meaning of Olumo Rock – The Rock that God moulded. Fun fact: If you look at a photo of the rock on its side, it looks like a sleeping pregnant woman.
Our tour guide was waiting for us and so once we were done with shopping for craft items, he led us right into the belly of the rock. From Mr Dami we learnt a number of things about Egba history and saw:
- the cave that can only be entered by the Alake of Egbaland and the Chief Priest
- the rock dwellers, particularly the 132-year-old Chief Mrs Sinatu Aduke Sanni living beneath the rock
- the caves under the rock that hid the Egba people in time of war with the Dahomey people
- a narrow path leading to the top of the rock, Ayotunde was so scared that she refused to go up.
- an aerial view of the entire Abeokuta city, it was beautiful
From Olumo Rock we went on to the Itoku Adiire market where a number of us got beautiful fabric at great prices. Best part is, they were hand made!
Next on our itinerary was the Alake of Egbaland’s palace where we saw a number of really eerie-looking sculptures. Sadly, the Alake and his chiefs were not around but it didn’t stop us from taking a look around before heading to the Obasanjo Presidential Library at the Green Legacy resort.
There we had lunch and refreshed with Wilson’s Lemonade, Rice and Lemonade, better together. In all, it was a fun trip and we would definitely be doing this again.
I would like to thank our amazing sponsors: our drinks were provided by Wilson’s Juice co., they make the best lemonade ever (you can quote me on this), our snacks by Nena’s Naija Treats, Alex’s snack was taken from her almost as soon as she got home, and we also got these amazing Ankara books from Yeva and Daisy which were awarded to those with the most referrals!
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Now here are the rest of the photos from the trip: