Nigeria has so many heritage sites and monuments left to ruin due to the absence of infrastructure, which could be the perfect travel location for both tourist and Nigerians alike to visit after Coronavirus.
Some of these places are amazing and it’s just sad that one day these places might just cease to exist.
The Coronavirus lockdown must have taken a toll and tested relationships or rather even solidify the connection between lovers and partners that must have spent this period together. There’s no better time to go on a little site-seeing trip with your spouse than after the lockdown in the has been eased or called off completely.
And you just in luck as the Federal Government of Nigeria have started to gradually ease the effect of the lockdown in the country, and we propose you visit these African marvels before they disappear and use it as lockdown steam blowing off excursion:
1. Benin Iya – The Great Wall Of Benin:
It may not be as famous as the Great Wall of China, but it was at one time in history the largest man-made structure in the world, four times longer than the Great wall of China.
Constructed over a period of 600 years, the Great Walls of Benin was located at the southern border of the defunct Benin Kingdom, which was one of the oldest and most highly developed states in West Africa. For the over 400 years the Walls existed, it protected the inhabitants of the kingdom, particularly, the traditions and civilisations of the Edo people, until it was ravaged in 1897 by the British. There are still some remains of the impressive African architectural beauty that would still leave marvelled of the Edo people’s ingenuity.
2. Niger Delta Mangroves:
The Niger Delta is fringed by a deep belt of mangrove forest, which protects vast areas of freshwater swampland in the Inner Delta. The trees and roots provide rich habitats for a wide range of flora and fauna, much of which is only just beginning to be understood.
3. Queen Sheba’s Kingdom “Sungbo Eredo”:
It is a system of defensive walls and ditches that is located to the southwest of the Yoruba town of Ijebu Ode in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria. It was built in 800-1000 AD in honour of the Ijebu noblewoman Oloye Bilikisu Sungbo. The location is on Nigeria’s tentative list of potential UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The total length of the fortifications is more than 160 kilometres (99 mi). The fortifications consist of a ditch with unusually smooth walls and a bank in the inner side of the ditch. The height difference between the bottom of the ditch and the upper rim of the bank on the inner side can reach 20 metres (66 ft).
Some have connected Bilikisu Sungbo with the legend of the Queen of Sheba, a figure who is mentioned in both the Bible and Quran. In the Hebrew Bible, she is described as having sent a caravan of gold, ivory and other goods from her kingdom to Solomon. In the Quran she is an Ethiopian sun-worshiper involved in the incense trade who converts to Islam; commentators added that her name was “Bilqis”.
4. Oban Hills:
The Oban Hills rainforest lies in the southern section of the Cross River National Park and adjoins the Korup National Park in Western Cameroon.
The steep-side hills are covered in ancient rainforest and serve as a crucial link between two sections of the Oban Hills.
5. Ancient Kano City Wall:
Built between 1095 and 1134 by Sakri Gijimasu and completed in the 14th century, the Kano city wall tells the story of Kano in a nutshell.
The solid walls were constructed using mud and an ancient technique to fortify the city. In fact, parts of the wall are still standing till today.
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