Akure is a city located in the Southwestern part of Nigeria and is the current capital of Ondo State. It has a population of about 400,000 people, mainly members of the ethnic Yoruba tribe. The city used to be a small, but independent kingdom, named Yoruba, which was conquered by Benin in the 19th century. Then, the Great Britain gained control over the entire area. It is said to have been founded by a descendant child of Oduduwa, who is the progenitor of the Yoruba people.
Furthermore, now Akure is a relatively modern town, with various facilities that will make your stay extremely comfortable. Not to mention that there are lots of things you can visit and find out more about the local culture, customs and traditions. You can begin your trip at the Deji of Akure Palace, which is one of the most spectacular constructions in the area. The palace is an excellent opportunity for visitors to find out more about this country’s traditions in a pleasurable manner and admire many historical monuments.
In addition, if you are lucky, you may be able to take part at the local Egungun Festival. This is a very popular event among the Yoruba people and is basically held in the memory of this tribe’s ancestors. It involves a lot of fun and is held in several cities and villages. It is a lively, colorful festival and you will surely have a great time. Next, you can continue your trip at the Ebomi Lake. It is at about 115 km away from Akure, but it is worth spending all that time on the road, because the lake is absolutely splendid. Likewise, it has a fascinating history and wonderful sightings that you will never forget.
Last but not least, visit the Igbokoda Waterfront. It is one of the biggest territorial waters in the country, having about 142 km lengths and is a true hot spot for tourists. It is also a great fishing place and an ideal picnic venue for vacationers looking for a bit of tranquility.