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Introduction to Ogun, Nigeria
Ogun is a state in southwestern Nigeria that engulfs all of and forms a developing metropolis around Lagos. The cities Abeokuta, Otta, and Ijebu-Ode have comfortable hotels and accommodation with standard facility enough to fully engage you on a visit. Make sure to request a dish of Ikokore (made from yams), the trademark food of the Egba-people of Abeokuta when you visit. Thanks to the many universities in the area, Ijebu-Ode and Otta have a burgeoning student community.
Ogun has a growing population of 4,000,000 plus. It’s probably the fastest developing state in the west, and shares much in common with neighbouring Lagos including experiencing bustling economic activities, an active road and rail system, and a lot of rainfall each year.
Famous Historical Places & Best Tourist Attractions
Ogun is a place with teeming rainforest life, one of the many natural reserves in Ogun worth your attention is Omo Forest Reserve which is said to support up to 8000 species of life including elephants and endangered trees. This reserve has a camp equipped with basic facility, provision for a tour guide and a complimentary meal.
The religious history of the Ogun people is truly representative of that of Nigeria; right in the middle of the city of Abeokuta stands the first ever church to be built by the missionaries in all of Nigeria: The St Peters Cathedral. Just around the corner lies the Central Mosque, one of the earliest mosques in the west. The Alake and Olowu Palaces are equally important places to visit as well. Or better still, just take a trip to the infamous Olumo Rock and from one standpoint get a panoramic view of all of Abeokuta city and get a guide to point all these places to you.
And if you got some time to spare after business, why not try see if you can fit the balls in at the 18-hole golf course Hill Top Golf Resort.Tips for Travellers in Ogun state
Ogun state isn’t a place of the Shoprites and big multi-stores; there are a few departmental stores in the city to shop in, but family-run businesses on the roadside are much more easily accessible and will almost certainly sell to you with a broad smile. Items are cheap to buy and most will only accept cash in Naira from you.The most convenient way to get around in Ogun is to hire one of the many small cabs that operate in the city.
With local markets, palaces, rainforests, rivers and history to visit fifteen times the size of Hong-Kong, who knows, you might just decide to call Ogun home.
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