Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Ojota is the touching ground for many first-time visitors to Lagos. The overwhelming majority of interstate buses pass through it with many having it as their final bus stop.
It is also a major park for buses heading out of Lagos. Hence, do not be surprised if motor park touts lift you and your belongings towards a bus of unknown destination if you drop at Ojota with what even remotely looks like a traveling bag especially if you are a lady! They can be that aggressive as they assume everybody stopping at Ojota with a bag is heading outside Lagos, it doesn't matter to them that you might be heading to the West while the bus they are loading is heading to the East. It is up to you to defend yourself- surprised? Don't be, welcome to Lagos!
Ojota is more than an interstate park though. It is a major hub for people heading to Ikorodu which has in the last 2 decades emerged as a city within the megacity called Lagos. It is also close to Alausa, the seat of Lagos State Government through Kudirat Abiola Way which is named after the slain wife of late billionaire businessman and acclaimed winner of the June 12 1993 presidential election in Nigeria, MKO Abiola.
Strategically located on Ikorodu road which is the most busy road in Lagos, you can get buses heading to many parts of Lagos like Yaba, Oshodi, Ikeja, Obalende, CMS, Ajah, Epe even Apapa at Ojota.
The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system is very active along this axis. Hence, Ojota is always busy with a crowd of people to be seen for almost 24 hours of the day.
It is also a market with all sorts of items sold ranging from books, clothing to foodstuff and chemicals.
For most Nigerian newcomers to Lagos, Ojota is an unforgettable bus stop because it is the first part of the City of Excellence their feet touched while some got dispossessed of their little belongings even before they got a chance to start life in the place they believed to be the land of unlimited opportunity with the proverbial milk and honey of course.
Do you have a unique experience of Ojota? Do share with me and my readers by dropping a comment, we would love to read it.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
I am sure you have heard about different kinds of days: World Malaria Day, World Tobacco Day, World Mosquito Day and so on.
Well Etisalat have been championing declaring August 22 as World Jollof Rice Day.
As a patron of a good food I have decided to support the mission.
I am patiently waiting for my invite to future World Jollof Rice Day events which of course would include tasting and eating different types of jollof rice.
You say I like food too much? Go away #Badbelle #Hehe.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Beautiful landscapes, natural wonders, structure and landmarks dating back to centuries in Nigeria have made it to the United Nations Educational and Scientific Cultural Organization listing. If you are a World Heritage Traveler or some who enjoys nature and you have not visited these places in Nigeria, then you are missing a great deal! Below, Jovago.com has put together some of the notable and worthy World Heritage Sites in Nigeria you should visit.
1. Oke-Idanre Hills in Ondo State
Idanre Hills consists of beautiful valleys and high plains that are about 3,000 feet above the sea level. It was added to the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2007.
Marvelous points of interests such as the old court, Owa’s Palace, Agboogun foot print, shrines, burial grounds and mounds and the Omi Aopara which is the thunder water are things and places you will encounter here. It is a tourist attraction center that draws thousands of visitors all year round.
2. Oban Hills in Cross River State
Oban Hills is an array of hills located within Cross River National Park, sharing border with the Korup National Park of Cameroon.
3. Osun-Oshogbo Grove in Osun State
Situated by the banks of the Osun River, on the outskirts of the capital city of Oshogbo, It was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2005. Its yearly festival brings thousands of tourists, audience and Osun worshippers from around the world.
4. Sukur Cultural Landscape in Adamawa State
It is located on top of the highest plains on the Mandara Mountains in a place called Madageli and populated by rich avifauna and rare species.
Sukur is Nigeria’s first landmark to be listed on UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. The landscape has a palace, ritual featured terraced fields decorated with dry stones and granites, which make the village setting so natural and outstanding.
5. Ogbunike Caves in Anambra State
Ogbunike Caves are one of the wonders of the Eastern Nigeria discovered by Ukwa, a hunter. Listed on the tentative list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2007, it is associated with spiritual and historical significance.
The caves can be descended in a 317 steps. Yearly, Ime Ogbe festival is celebrated in the commemoration of the discovery of these caves.
If you are yet to visit any of these places, you should start planning a visit soon as a long list of adventure and discovery awaits you.
Monday, August 17, 2015
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Thursday, August 13, 2015
Whichever part of Nigeria you find yourself in, either in the North, East, West or South, you are sure to be surrounded by beautiful souvenirs that will serve as a memorabilia of your trip or perhaps something you can give to your loved ones when you return home. Choosing an awesome souvenir can be quiet tricky, this is why Jovago.com has put together some of these awesome and thoughtful souvenirs that will be a perfect pick.
The Ankara fabric is a trending fashion material that is becoming widely sort after in all parts of the world, there are beautiful patterns in different shades you can always find to buy from any market in Nigeria – they are easy to locate and very affordable. If in Lagos, you should check out Oshodi Market or Balogun Market on Lagos Island.
Traditional Handmade Jewelries and Accessories
Local Shamballa bracelets, woven bags, accessories made from Ankara fabric (footwear, bags, jewelries, footwear and so on), beautifully handmade beaded jewelries – the list is inexhaustible. All these can be gotten in shops where they sell traditional attires or by roadside vendors. These are very easy to find, they are mostly sold by the roadside in shops or hawked.
Arts, Paintings and Crafts
There are ready made paintings of beautiful places in Nigeria you can be lucky to find, especially an area you stayed or visited while here. You can also get gorgeous wooden crafts and arts from galleries around. If you are in the Federal Capital Territory, that is Abuja, then you are in luck, visit the Arts and Crafts Village there, you are bound the find wonderful items that can serve as souvenirs.
The list is almost endless, all you need to do is to easily locate a market or traditional shop around you and you will be marveled at the wonderful items you will discover.