..as I walk through the valley of the shadow of tourism in Ondo state – Sayo Aluko


This post is a prelude to a series of beauty to be seen via Viva Naija lens…so, dear reader, chill a bit…

As a corporate communicator and media strategist, I’ve been working with a client in the ancient state of Ondo state, Nigeria for about 4 weeks now…this job has afforded me an unplanned privileged to bump into a form of nature that just endears …nature saying, more, more, snap me, snap me, love me love me…

I dare to say, Ondo is beautiful! …and I don’t know why a state with so much naturally-occcuring tourism potential will be having issues generating revenue…I don’t just understand jare…

First my awe got set off at Idanre. Every where you face in this town, you see a rock….No, the rocks see you!!! What a town, What a heritage, What a behemoth of hilly extant-ness!

I was like, ‘What was God thinking when he made this town’s topography? Lightsome Majesty? Lavish Splendor? What was He thinking! !!

From IDANRE with love!

You love life? You love adventure? Visit this town with a camera.

Idanre hills are ineffable…and Sayo is defo coming back!


Then, no where have I seen serenity so loud as it is in the Ondo town called Ile-Oluji. A town where serenity, untapped scenery and quiet form an alluring triad.


Another town that caught my eye in Ondo state is the one called Okitipupa, a proudly industrial town where palm is king, where palm is golden goose. Everywhere you face here, you see palm trees, herbs, and plank, all set in military droves for commercial and beauty purposes. In short, they just make up beauty to the eyes of any keen observer.

Okitipupa palm plantation
These are dried plantain leaves….used for a lot including a potent herbal concoction

As I said, this post is a mere hitch-sought prelude to a series…watch these space for detailed sightings of Nigeria’s beauty hidden in these hinterlanded towns where big things actually happen!

Viva Naija! !!!

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