Abeokuta is the state capital of Ogun State in South West Nigeria. The city was home to about 450,000 people in 2006, and the metro area to over 1.1 million. Some ruins remain of the 30-km wall that used to surround the city.
Abeokuta is one of the most progressive areas of present-day Nigeria, although it has had its fair share of trials. After having been 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.
Probably your best bet is to drive or be driven.
- 1 Funaab Zoo Park, ☏ . A diminutive zoo on the Federal University of Agriculture Campus.
- 2 Olumo Rock, Ikija Rd. M-Sa 9AM-19AM-7PM, Su noon-noon-4PM. 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.
- 3 Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Abeokuta, Presidential Bouleva road, Oke Mosan, ☏ . M-Sa 9AM-7PM, Su 10AM-5PM. 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.
- Bilikisu Sungbo Shrine. Bilikisu Sungbo Shrine is believed to be the tomb of Queen of Sheba from the bible. Legend has it that the Queen of Sheba hailed from Ethiopia where she is known as Queen Balqis. She moved from Ethiopia to Oke Eri, Ijebu area of Ogun state where she later died. It is an exciting tourist centre if one is interested in Abeokuta's history.
- National Museum Abeokuta, Inside Baptist girls college, Idi-aba. Mon - Fri 8AM-4PM. National Museum Abeokuta a museum with a wide collection of artefacts, sculptors, and relics of the Egba people. These objects tell the history of the town and the people. At the museum, the gate fee is 100 NGN and visitors are offered a tour. Please do not that cameras are not allowed. The museum also has a gift shop where objects such as artefacts, bangles, crafts, magazines, books and souvenirs are sold.
- Ake Palace (Alake of Egbaland Palace), Ake Rd. This is the home of the Alake of Egbaland Palace. The palace gate has an inscription: "Aafin Alake Ti Ile Egba," meaning "the palace of Alake of Egbaland." The palace also houses the oldest Bible in Nigeria - a copy of the St James Version of the Bible which was presented by queen victoria to Chief Akinrinlewo Sodeke in 1848.
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.
- Oyan River Dam. The Oyan River Dam falls about 20 km in the north of Abeokuta. The dam presently being considered to be used for irrigation and hydroelectric power supply although it was initially built to supply water to Abeokuta and Lagos. Visitors can try having a picnic while enjoying the scenery. Visitors can also try out activities like fishing, and canoeing with locals.
- 1 Omo Forest Reserve. The Omo Forest Reserve is home to over 200 types of trees, 8000 species of plants and 125 species of birds and mammals. It is the largest forest reserve in Ogun State. The Omo Forest has a river that lies within the 132,000 hectares of land. Visitors can practice fishing on this river. They can also try out activities practised in the reserve such as farming, elephant riding, camping, hunting, hiking and sawmilling.
- Centenary Hall, Ake. Mon - Sat 8AM-6PM. The Centenary hall according to history was built by the Egba people in 1950. It was built to celebrate their one hundred years of peaceful existence at Abeokuta after the numerous inter-tribal wars. The Centenary hall is a must-see as it is a place with a historical heritage that reflects the culture of the locals.
- 1 Ace supermarket, Olusegun Obasanjo Rd, Ita Eko. M-Sa 8AM-9PM, Su noon-9PM. In-store pickup.In-store shopping.Delivery.
- 2 Boulus Mart, Market Cooperative Building,idi-ishin Junction,Omida Rd, ☏ . M-Sa 8:30AM-8:30PM. In-store shopping.
- 3 Shalom Mega stores, 42/44 Lalubu st,Oke ilewo,ibara, ☏ . M-Sa 8AM-9PM. In-store shopping.in-store Pick up.Delivery.
- 4 Dimmo Stores, Omida Rd, Ita Eko, ☏ . M-Sa 8AM-9PM, Su 2PM-8PM.
- 5 Dotobues Nig LTD, Lalubu st, Oke-ilewo, Iibara, ☏ . A clothing store. In-store shopping.
- 6 Faithdaniels Boutique, Shop 63, Opposite kuto garage, Kuto market Rd, Kuto, ☏ . A clothing store.in-store shopping.Delivery. M-Sa 8AM-8PM.
- 7 Brands by ola, Shop B004, Providence mall, M.K.O Abiola Way, ☏ . M-Sa 7AM-7PM. A clothing store.In-store shopping.
- 8 Rojabs Babies & Children store (Gift shop), Lalubu st, Oke-ilewo, Ibara. M-Sa 8AM-7PM. In-store shopping.In-store pick up.Delivery.
- 9 Mtn dealer shop, Lalubu st, Oke-ilewo, Ibara. M-Sa 8:30AM-5PM.
- 10 Platinum integrated Network solution, 4th floor Majek kembl tower, Lalubu Rd, Oke-ilewo, beside Chicken Republic, ☏ . M-Sa 8AM-6PM. Electronic store.
- 1 Royal Mandarin Kuto Abeokuta, 2 Gen.gausau Crescent, opposite Legislative quarters, Ibara housing estate, Abeokuta Ogun south LGA (next to the Park Inn by Radisson), ☏ . Daily 9AM-10PM. Some quality African/Nigerian food.
- 2 Sweet Sensation Abeokuta, Oke-ilewo Rd,Behind Opic Building,ibara, ☏ . Daily 9AM-10PM. Buffet. Dine-in. Takeaway. Delivery.
- 3 WorkCity Restaurant, Ibara, ☏ . Daily 7AM-10PM. Dine-in. Takeaway. Delivery.
- 4 Mr Bigg's, Plot 2, Obafemi Awolowo way, Ibara, ☏ . Daily 6:45AM-9PM. Din-in. Takeaway. Delivery.
- 5 Big Treat Restaurant, Opic Roundabout,ibara. Daily 9AM-9PM. Dine-in. Takeaway. Delivery.
- 6 Pizza & Pastries, Ita-Eko. Daily 8AM-9PM. Dine-in. Takeaway. No contact delivery.
- 7 Spices, Ibara housing estate. M-F 7:30AM-10PM. Dine-in. Takeaway. Delivery.
- 1 Goldzek, Ibara housing estate Rd,G.R.A, ☏ . Daily 2PM-11PM. Dine-in.Takeaway.
- 2 Halmod Bar, Quarry Rd, Surulere. Takeaway.
- 3 Rock Zone, Surulere Rd, Ita Eko. Daily 8PM-10AM. Bars & Grill. Dine-in. Takeaway.
- 4 Buzz Sports Bar, Adigbe, ☏ . Takeaway. Dine-in.
- 5 3ad Bar & Lounge, Post office Rd, Behind Skating Ground, Public car park, Ibara. Takeaway. Dine-in.
- 1 Green Legacy Resort, 110001 Presidential Bouleva Rd, ☏ . 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, ☏ . Basically all the things you can typically expect from a Radission, with a nice spread for breakfast and a large pool. ₦26249.
- 3 Jimson international hotel and suites, 1,Jimson cottage, Alagada Estate, off Adigbe st, ☏ . Check-in: noon, check-out: noon. Free breakfast, free parking, pool, pet-friendly, air conditioning. ₦,515.
- 4 Celia's suites, 1 wole Soyinka Rd,ibara, ☏ . Free parking, free breakfast, free wifi, airport shuttle.
- 5 Camas hotel & Suites, Block VI, Plot 24&25, Goshen Estate, Asero, ☏ . Gym, pool, food service, room service.
For most locations in Abeokuta, you would most likely find coverage of the 2G/3G/4G mobile networks. Signal strength might diminish further away from the city center, and you might occasionally experience network outage for all or some of the mobile phone service providers in the remote areas of the city. Different networks tend to be more stable and reliable in different locations of the city at different times.
MTN, 9Mobile, Airtel (Zain) and GLO are all available service providers. So if you are planning a visit to Abeokuta, like you would do for many other places in Nigeria, you should probably consider having multiple SIM cards, preferably for all the mobile service providers, since you can't tell which will be more stable and reliable at a time in your location during your visit. And if you will risk not having any of them, you might be better off not risking the MTN network, because, from indications, it seem to perform well than the others, though its rates may be high and its offers and services might be stringent, but you are less likely to be concerned of erratic voice and data connection compared to others.
Airtel is another service provider which is fairly satisfactory for all you might need to connect to the world, including rates and network reliability. Of course, Glo (or Globacom) boasts of fast network speed for internet browsing activities, only that you might not be able to enjoy the privilege in some locations. And 9Mobile (formerly Etisalat) usually also performs well in internet browsing speed too but with locational limitations as well, plus data rate is fairly higher.