Life on Idanre Hills

Like I said in my last post I was in for more Adventure and I decided to hike further to see the settlement of the Idanre People on the hills. It was really cool to see that people lived normal lives like a community on top of the hills in the ancient city of Ondo State.

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They had houses made of mud with those of the chiefs still standing firm. On our way up, we met Chief Lorin who is one of the chiefs and whose family produces chiefs till this day. They serve as a sort of custodian. Traditionally, it is prohibited to wear cloths , shake hands and carry loads on ones head without holding it in Chief Lorin’s house.

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The Idanre people had a Criminal Justice Administrative System which tried offenders in a law court established in 1906 with a prison for those found guilty to be incarcerated.

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The Idanre People were also commercially inclined and had market stalls for trading.

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The people of Idanre also knew the importance of education and as far back as 1896 had for themselves a primary school where knowledge was imparted, an intiative led by Rev. Gilbert Carter, a missionary.

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Up next was the kings palace where I saw several art carvings, I wondered why they were all nude and had explicit genitals. I would think that had something to do with depicting fertility though.

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I also saw animal bones which were remnants of animals used as sacrifices during festivals.

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Last up was the Prayer ground which was a more elevated part of the hill, which I had to climb with a bit of assistance.

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With all the rocks around, I suddenly thought maybe I could magically possess rock bending powers just like in avatar but oh! Well, no such thing.

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Other fasinations were the Arun river which warriors drank before going to war and which serves as a sort of protection and the Mauso Lawn which is the burial site of 2 kings.

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I saw this Art on my way out and even though I was tired and exhausted as can be seen in my eyes, I still decided to do a photo beside it.

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  • Reply Amarachi July 26, 2016 at 8:30 am

    These are really beautiful pictures that truly capture the essence of Idanre hills. Found myself reliving my own visit to the place…

    • AE
      Reply AE July 26, 2016 at 10:22 am

      Thanks Amarachi! We should do a travel destination together sometime 😉

  • Reply Sola July 26, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Lovely,ilove the fact that you are exploring Nigeria and Africa and blogging about it, so we appreciate what we have and make the best of it. Nice one.

    • AE
      Reply AE July 26, 2016 at 9:13 pm

      I love that I am doing it also…lol…Thanks Sola!

  • Reply Cent July 26, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Nicely written and awesome pictures to match. Thank you.

    • AE
      Reply AE July 26, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      Thanks a lot Cent

  • Reply EnnieExpensive July 26, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Nice one… Informative.

    • AE
      Reply AE July 27, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      Thanks Ennie

  • Reply Lara July 27, 2016 at 11:40 am

    This brought back memories of my own visit in 2014 Idanre hills through my lens Change …Idanre still looks beautiful.
    Nice pictures.

    I would not mind travelling around Nigeria with fellow travel bloggers.

    • AE
      Reply AE July 27, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      Glad it did…If you have any trip in mind…let me know…I’d definitely want to be a part…let me know in good time.

  • Reply hammed July 27, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Short of words but am always happy seeing you like this whenever you post a lovely pictures and sharing your experience with us dear.. why not a page on facebook to dear, more people can enjoy your lovely search… May God bless you and support you all the time…

    • AE
      Reply AE July 27, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      Hey Hammed! Thanks for always reading and dropping your views, you are one of my most consistent…I have a Facebook page its FindingAE, kindly search for it and like…Thanks for asking.

  • Reply hammed July 28, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    You welcome dear, bigger you I pray.. have done that..

  • Reply Adesewa August 8, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Hello! Pls how much did the tour cost? I have plans to visit it this weekend. Awesome post!

    • AE
      Reply AE August 8, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      Hi Sewa! This will depend on where you stay, whether you would like to go solo or whether you will like to join a tour group…Kindly send me an email on to give you the relevant information based on your preferences.

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