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Abeokuta is in Southwest Nigeria.

Understand[edit]

Abeokuta, state capital of Ogun State, is one of the most progressive areas of present-day Nigeria, although it has had its fair share of trials. After being originally settled by members of the Egba nation who had emigrated out of the restive Oyo Empire, then inhabited by Chief Sodeke and his people trying to flee Dahomey and Ibadan slavehunters, it saw a period of prominence as a center for palm oil cultivation. King Gezo and the Dahomey, being not just a little pinched with jealousy by this, invaded to start the Battle of Abeokuta in 1851 which the local inhabitants won.

The British also began infiltrating at this time, first missionaries, and then colonial interests. To gain protection during the Yoruba Civil Wars, the king or alake of the Egba signed an alliance with the British which basically consummated in British imperialism. There were a couple of uprisings over this new period, namely the Adubi War and Abeokuta Woman's Revolt, but Abeokuta rolled with the punches basically until Nigerian independence, then became home to a number of reputable universities and considerable industry.

Get in[edit]

Being somewhat on the fringe of the Lagos metropolitan area, it's only about a two-hour drive from there. Ibadan is about the same distance away.

Get around[edit]

Probably your best bet is to drive or be driven.

See[edit]

A view of Gbagura mosque in Abeokuta, Ogun State-Nigeria
  • 1 Olumo Rock, Ikija Rd. 09:00-19:00 M-Sa, 12:00-16:00 Su. This is quite the nifty attraction, and popular, too, as it's a large granite dome from which you can view the entirety of the city and its surroundings, even if that does kind of consist of an unending sea of red roofs and something along the lines of a favela. From here you can also see the Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral and mosque of Abeokuta. Small admission fee.
  • 2 Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Abeokuta, Presidential Bouleva road, Oke Mosan, +234 8097240000. 09:00-17:00 M-Sa, 10:00-17:00 Su. This consists of a library with documents pertaining to the president Olusegun Obasanjo, but much more also: a research library, a recreational theater, an amusement park, and a resort.
  • 3 Funaab Zoo Park, +234 7032484259. A diminutive zoo on the Federal University of Agriculture Campus.

Do[edit]

Explore the rock dome at Olumo Rock, where the Egba peoples used to take shelter in the crooks and crannies to hide from slavehunters and other hostile people.

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

  • 1 Sweet Sensation Abeokuta. buffet
  • 2 Royal Mandarin Kuto Abeokuta (next to the Park Inn by Radisson). some quality African/Nigerian food

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

  • 1 Green Legacy Resort, 110001 Presidential Bouleva Road, +234 39292975. Next to the presidential library, has lots of amenities e.g. pool, hot tub, gym, restaurant/bar, wifi, theater/zoo/amusement park next door. Something like a Nigerian Great Wolf Lodge?
  • 2 Park Inn by Radisson Abeokuta, IBB, Kuto, +234 8139860020. Basically all the things you can typically expect from a Radission, with a nice spread for breakfast and a large pool. 26249 Naira.

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