Travel: 5 Forbidden Places You Might Want To Avoid In Nigeria

Forbidden Places To Visit In Nigeria; Be it because of their fragility or religious affinities, there are some landmarks that are completely off-limits. Some places in Nigeria are full of intrigues and shrouded with mysteries that we can’t just explain them away. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, these places cannot be legally visited as they are cut off for various reasons. Oba of Benin

Here is a list of 5 forbidden places in Nigeria that you are not allowed to visit.

  1. Evil Forests: No matter what a forest looks like, if locals tell you it is an evil forest, it is advisable not to step in there. The evil forest in folklore is a dark, scary place where the lines between the living and the dead are blurred, and spirits roam free. This is also where evil things in the community are cast to and bad things are believed to happen here.

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  2. Shrines: Many people across the states of Nigeria practice voodoo and traditional religion. The shrines belong to deities and have several dos and don’ts that if broken, have dire consequences. It’s best to stay away from them.Forbidden Places To Visit in Nigeria
  3. Juju Of Arochukwu:

    The shrine of Ibini Ukpabi is located deep inside the forest in Abia state. The difficult conditions set by the keepers of the shrine have made it difficult for people to visit the site. The journey requires crossing a river and passing a point of no return. It also includes sacrifices to be performed.
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    The Oracle of Ibin Ukpabi and the chamber presence of Chukwu have remained the best-kept secret of the people of Arochukwu. It is believed that the shrine has been lost in time as no one knows where or how to find the shrine.

  4. Avoid Sections Of Palace That Are Off-Limits: When you go visiting some places in Nigeria, a lot those places always have locations that are off-limits for tourist, protect yourself and stay within areas that deemed suitable for tourist attraction. For example, if you visit the palace of the Oba of Benin the Ehemgbuda shrine is a forbidden place to visit for women, just as the Harem is forbidden for any man to enter into. Any woman who enters the Ehemgbuda shrine becomes infertile.
  5. Avoid Visiting When Local Festivals Are Going On: Yes, I know local festivals are tourist attractions, but be sure to know what the festival is about before going. There some festivals like the “Oro” where people are told to stay indoors for days, or In some Yoruba communities during Odun Apesin it is a dangerous time to go visit if you’re not from those towns.

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