The Yoruba mythology is not complete without the mention of Ile-Ife. It is in this ancient city that Oduduwa (the first king of Ife and brother to Obatala) landed on earth from heaven with his creation items. It is also home to the palm nut tree which has become a representation of the historic city and the Yoruba race.
National Museum, Ife
Established in Ile-Ife in 1948, this is the perfect place to get in touch with Ife and other ethnographic antiquities including bracelets and rings from the 10-11th century CE and the historic Ibeji (twin) figures.
Also known as Olumirin waterfalls, this place is believed to be a spiritual source of purification. The best part is, it gives off an impression of a seven-part waterfall.
Oduduwa Groove and Shrine
Here, you get the opportunity to see a carved image of Oduduwa, the progenitor of the Yoruba race, holding his staff. It is also here that he is buried. Interestingly, there is a naturally-carved map of Africa.
Ooni Of Ife Palace
Built in 1937, although it has been given a facelift, the palace still carries the aura of the revered king of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunnusi.
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BY NJIDEKA AGBO