One thing I love about Nigeria is that, it is a country bless and endowed with beautiful, numerous scenes, enchanting and interesting tourists sights that are worthy for the eyes to behold. Aside these attraction sights, Nigerians are so hospitable and their caring nature makes it a place every one wants to be. The beautiful and breathe taking sight in Nigeria will leave you breathing hard with suspends and excitement and will leave you wondering if these great sights are actually situated in Nigeria.
Taking a trip to one of these places will convince tourist lovers that Nigeria actually has the most valuable, natural and manmade tourist centers in Africa. So if you have not visited some of Nigeria's most beautiful places, it’s time you consider taking a trip to one of these breathe taking sight;
The giant Footprint of Ukhuse: Located between ukhuse-oko and ukhuseosi in lulehe clan of owan west local government area of Edo state. A very distinct footprints of a prehistoric giant are permanently embedded on the flat granite rocks it is believed that the footprints were made when the world was still in its molten state. It presents a challenge for archaeologists and anthropologist.
Ibeno Beach Resort: Is a relaxation spot for tourists and lover of water. It is situated in Eket, Akwa Ibom state. It is a sight to behold due to it alluring beauty with white sand dunes that is unaffected by the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. The smell of the beach sand is crisp and from a distance, visitors can hear the sea gulls and the splashing waves which nature made so. The beach is rated high in the country amongst the top soothing and due to its serenity and security it is one of the cleanest beaches in the country.
Arochukwu long juju slave route: The Arochukwu long juju slave route is a sacred alter and the waterfall beg tourists to explore the shrine of ibini ukpabi and the cult monument of kamula. Due to the great influence of the long juju shrine stewards and lower members of the juju cult migrated to clans south of the Niger and settled. There is also the throne of judgment- the dark presence (the holy of holies) those found guilty walked into dark tunnels and those found innocent went back to their relatives. Other features include a hill of rags, where the condemned were instructed to undress and leave their clothes before they disappear into the tunnels into which the victor the victims disappeared. There is also red river where it is said that as the victims disappear, the aro would colour the river red to give people the impression that the condemned has died.
The Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove: Is a large cultural Landscape of undisturbed forest near the city of Osogbe in southern Nigeria. It was establish for more than four centuries ago and is the largest of the sacred groves that have survived to the present. This is the only tourist destination in Nigeria that has sacred shrines, sanctuaries, sculptures and art works that are created in the honour of the goddess of fertility and other deities.
Oke Idanre Hill: Is one of the most awesome and beautiful natural landscapes in Nigeria. Located in Idanre town, about 24 kilometers southwest of Akure, Ondo state. The Hills had been a home for the Idanre community for almost 100 years. Idanre hills stands out well among all other hills. The hills surround the town, envelope it and dominate life in the town. Form any angle, one can virtually see the hill and virtually every activity revolves round the hill. There is an art which is in form of a wooden structure made in form of a ship and place on a relatively flat hilltop. This ark is regarded by the ancient people of Idanre as the biblical ark of Noah. Another sight to behold is the unreadable letters of the flood. It is composed of lines and strokes made on a steep rock at old Oke-Idanre. The characters are there for people to behold, but no one has come up with convincing interpretations of these letters. It is also believe that the letters are older than Hebrew Language.
Ogbunike: It is located about 15 kilometers east of Onitsha. Ogbunike is divided into three main parts which are Ezi, Ifite and Ikenga. Each section is also divided into villages. The collection of caves has been in use over centuries by local people for whom it has particular spiritual significance. This spiritual significance is still apparent, as the "Ime Ogbe" celebration is undertaken every year to commemorate the discovery of the caves. Descending into the valley where the caves are located is a lengthy walkway made up of about 317 steps. Visitors must remove their shoes before entering the caves, as per tradition. And women who are having their monthly cycle cannot go in. A stream flows out from one of the tunnels into a rapid flowing river. At the meeting point of the river and the stream one can feel the warm water from the caves and the cold river water. Beside this portion of the river is a table land square meters used as a relaxation spot by visitors to the caves.
The Ancient Nok Settlement: The Nok culture is an early Iron Age population whose material remains are named after the Ham village of Nok in Kaduna State of Nigeria, where their famous terracotta sculptures were first discovered in the world. Appeared in northern Nigeria around 1000 BC and vanished under unknown circumstances around 500 AD. All over the world, antiquities from the Ancient Nok Settlement are seen in galleries and museums.
By Mercy Kukah