You’ve just arrived in Osogbo, capital city of Osun state – land of the living spring. By now, you realise you could board a motorcycle, taxi or mini bus but you’re terrified by these options and everything seems so complicated.
Picture this, I got lost twice during my first few weeks in Osogbo. As interesting as travelling may sound, changing locations and having to learn new things can be quite overwhelming.
Here’s some tips to ease your visit to Osogbo.
#1. ASK QUESTIONS
As a newbie, never be ashamed to ask questions. Whenever you think you’re lost, ask for directions. Google Maps should only be utilised if there’s no one around and I doubt if that will ever happen.
In Osogbo, some indigenes speak only yoruba language so learning basic phrases will definitely help your communication.
#2. ENJOY YOUR STAY
Osogbo unlike Lagos doesn’t have beaches, 5-star hotels, boat clubs or shopping malls but it’s still worth seeing. The city has it’s own way of making up for your leisure time.
Here’s my advice about “happening places.”
- Shop at Ace Supermarket
- Go Kayaking at Aloha Hotel and Resorts
- Eat at Finger Licking
- Check in at Ideal Nest Hotel
- Experience the city life at Freedom Park
#3. VISIT TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
If you are in Osogbo and wish to understand arts and history of the Yoruba people, there are a number of places worth visiting. I personally visited three sites.
- Nike Art Gallery
- Genesis Art Gallery
- Osun-Osogbo Grove
In 2005, Osun-Osogbo Grove was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Other must-try sites for art and cultural immersion include.
- Susanne Wenger’s Home
- Nike Guesthouse
- Moremi Statue of Liberty
- Oba of Ido Osun Palace
- State Government of Osun Council for Arts and Culture
Learn to “price market” and because traders or transport operators may take advantage of you. Always agree on payment fees before services are rendered and ensure no one cheats you.
If you’re getting foodstuff at Orinsumbare or Igbona market, play familiar to the area. You can move on to the next trader if one refuses your request.
#5. AVOID LATE NIGHT JOURNEYS
Osogbo is relatively safe but then, you shouldn’t hit the road after sunset. If you must, tell a friend exactly where you’re headed and keep your phones charged at all times.
What’s the big deal about Osogbo anyways?
Osogbo is totally different. In this city, there’s minimal traffic, less hustle and fewer people. Asides Osogbo’s rich heritage, tourists and vacationers are captivated with its quiet charm.
I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it. I don’t want to overstuff this article so I’m inviting you to share your thoughts in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.
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