10 Top Destinations In Ogun State

Also known as the “Gateway State,” Ogun State is located in the southwest of Nigeria. It was created out of the old Western State in 1976, and it borders Lagos State to the south, Oyo and Osun States to the north, Ondo State to the east and the Republic of Benin to the west.

Abeokuta is the capital of the Ogun State, and the largest city in the state.

Local Government Areas in Ogun State

Ogun State consists of 20 local government councils, and these are: Abeokuta North, Abeokuta South, Ado-Odo/Ota, Ewekoro, Ifo, Ijebu East, Ijebu North, Ijebu North East, Ijebu Ode, Ikenne, Imeko Afon, Ipokia, Obafemi Owode, Odogbolu, Odeda, Ogun Waterside, Remo North, Sagamu, Yewa North, and Yewa South.

Tertiary Institutions in Ogun State

Ogun State also boasts of 17 tertiary institutions of learning, the largest in the country. These are: University of Agriculture, Abeokuta; The Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro; Covenant University, Ota; Bells University of Technology, Ota; Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye; Tai Solarin College of Eduction, Ijebu Ode; Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta; Redeemer’s University, Mowe; Babcock University, Ilisan Remo; Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu Ode; Crawford University, Igbesa; Adetokunbo University, Sagamu; Crescent University, Abeokuta; Mountain Top University, Lagos-Ibadan expressway; McPherson University, Seriki-Sotayo; Gateway Industrial and Petro-Gas Institute; Federal College of Education, Osiele.

Travel Destinations in Ogun State

There are over 30 travel destinations and tourist attractions in Ogun State, but only some of them will be briefly listed here:

1. Olumo Rock

Olumo Rock is the most popular tourist attraction in Ogun State. It is located in the heart of Abeokuta. It is an imposing rock with lots of large caves and historical artifacts. Legend has it that the rock sheltered the ancient peoples of Abeokuta and Egba from enemy invasions and tribal wars. It is now beautified and upgraded to allow for international visitors to tour its facilities.

2. Lisabi Sacred Forest

The Lisabi forest is considered sacred by many indigenes of Ogun State. It is bounded to the south by Tegbelu Stream and to the west by Ogun River. There are several rare bird species in the ancient forest and it also hosts several endangered animals and reptiles.

3. Bilikisu Sungbo Shrine

Situated a few miles from Olumo Rock, this monument is credited to one Sungbo Eredo who ordered it built several centuries ago. It is a 100-mile-long wall with a moat which encloses about 25 miles of inbound space with lots of monuments. The earthen bank of the Eredo rises to about 70 feet with patches of moss covering it as it wounds round a wide ditch of earth.

4. Ebute Oni Tourist Beach

This is a tourist beach located in Oni of Ijebu Waterside. The beach was discovered by fishermen several decades ago and the government came up to reconstruct it into a resort for tourists and native visitors. There are chalets into which tourists can lodge and have a nice time around the place.

5. Madam Tinubu Shrine

Madam Tinubu was the first female high chief or Iyalode of Egbaland. She was both influential and rich. She was reputed to have had a quarrel with two Obas of Lagos and came out on tops. The Iberekodo shrine in Ilaro with water out of the ground is named in her honour.

6. Abeokuta Museum

The museum is located in Abeokuta and a must-see for every visitor to Ogun State. The museum houses artifacts that tell the ancient history of the town and its peoples. There are handcrafts and ancient weapons used by the early settlers of the town and its environs. It also showcases the cultural heritage of the people in a way that is both eye-opening and educative.

7. Osuuru Water Spring

The Osuuru spring is situated at Imeko town of Imeko/Afon local government area. The spring flows from a rocky hill and its torrents gushes forth onto a flat space and then down a valley in a way that makes for a perfect, visual scenery.

8. Centenary Hall

Located opposite the Ake’s Palace, the Centenary Hall in Ake’s area of Abeokuta was constructed in 1950 to commemorate the one hundred years that Abeokuta had been in peace after the last inter-tribal war.

9. Saam Health Farm and Holiday Resort

This is a health resort and holiday farm where anyone could go for relaxation and a perfect sight. It is situated at Ajitele town along Idi-Iroko road. Here you can enjoy swimming activities and fishing as well as boating in the local river. You can also enjoy horse racing or even walk the trails to improve on your health.

10. Oluwu’s Palace

The ancient Owu kingdom was situated in the Oyo Kingdom, and its king was a powerful ruler who took tributes from the Bariba and Borgu peoples. The fearsome king ruled in Oyo until the rise of Sango. Then the Owu people left Oyo and settled around Abeokuta where they made their ancestral home. Today, the palace of the Olowu of Owu Kingdom is a sight to behold with lots of historical resources to tell the history of the people.

11. Others

Other places of attraction in Ogun State are: the Alake’s Palace, Itoku market, Omo forest reserve, Hilltop Golf Resort, Yemoji natural swimming in Ijebu Ode, Oyan dam in Abeokuta North, Iwopin boat regatta, Oronna shrine in Ilaro, Tongeji island in Ipokia, Old Manse at Ogbe in Abeokuta, Ota and Ijamido river shrine in Ota among others.