As kids, our dream tourist destination then was to hear we were going on an excursion to Olumo rock. It’s beautiful gigantic masterpiece of a structure and it’s traditional heritage are some of the things that caught my attention as a boy. Even before the new development that the tourist site has seen in some years, some visitors had always gone to the rock to climb stairs to get to the top and enjoy the beautiful view of the scape of the Abeokuta terrain.
It was first discovered by a hunter named Adagba and he found the rock to be a natural place of refuge from wars and threat of wars.
To get through to the top of Olumo rock, it usually begins with a climb up the man-made stairs carved into the rock. The journey progresses with climbs on irregularly sized rocks through a narrow corridor that leads to the top of the rock.
There are carvings in the rock, cowrie-studded statues and inside. While descending, the sight of the Ogun river running smoothly like a silver sash amidst a forest of red ridged roofs and thick green forests that melt into the horizon.
The Rock is annually celebrated with lots of sacrifices. It has been said that since the rock was discovered and turned into a tourist attraction, no one has ever lost his or her life while climbing its hard and steep surfaces.