It's that time of the year where you physically have love everywhere. Today is Valentine's day and as a result, everything has a splash of red or it's red.
People are receiving one form of gifts or the other, mostly cakes. I dropped by Cakes and Creams shop today and everything in slices was gone by 2pm. There were so much cars outside causing a lot of traffic that i really start to wonder if this is the only cake shop in Ikeja.
ColdStone ice cream went out of their way to make ice cream cakes for the price of N10,000 for 8inch. Not everyone is so into all the noise and everything with it. For the wanderlust soul like me , i want something really different for valentine.
Here are a few list of what you can get your traveler significant other for Val
7 Set Packing Cubes with Shoe Bag - Compression Travel Luggage Organizer
3 X Packing Cubes, 3 X Laundry Pouch, Bonus Gift for Shoe Bag, with Small, Medium and Large sizes. Ideal for active lifestyles including traveling, backpacking, camping, gym, beach, or yoga. This makes packing very easy and your bag very tidy. Your significant other, be it mail or female will really appreciate this.
A virtual tour is a simulation of an existing location, usually composed of a sequence of videos or still images. It may also use other multimedia elements such as sound effects, music, narration, and text. It is distinguished from the use of live television to affect tele-tourism (Wikipedia). This is the simplest definition of virtual tour, which is used mostly by realtors and schools to give campus tours and open house for interested buyers.
Imagine bringing that into tourism. What this simply means is you get to have a preview and understanding of your interested destinations before physical visit.
This will boost the market for tour operators that want to promote their business.
Think of the wonderful landscape of the Kajuru castle in Kaduna, to taking a train from Abuja to Kaduna, then going on to Gurara Waterfall in Minna, taking a safari ride in Yankari Game reserve and feeling on top of the world while climbing up the Mambilla plateau in Taraba, to playing in the clouds at Obudu Mountain and ending it all at a cool restaurant in Victoria Island, all within the space of an hour and not leaving your present position.
Osogbo the capital city of Osun State, whisch was created in 1991 from the eastern third of Oyo state. It is bounded by the states of Kwara on the northeast, Ekiti and Ondo on the east, Ogun on the south, and Oyo on the west and northwest. The Yoruba Hills run through the northern part of Osun state. The Oshun is the most important river thus the Osun Osogbo festival which is celebrated every August.
HISTORY OF THE NAME OSOGBO
History has it that during there was a drought which lasted for a long period during the reign of Larooye the 8th Owaroki of Ipole Omu Owa. Larooye was the middle son of Laage, 6th Owaroki of Ipole-Omu. Larooye as the middle son succeeded his brothery, Lajomo, who was the 7th Owaroki after his death.
Oguntimehin, a hunter from Oyo, who was also a friend and acquaintance of Larooye on one of his hunting expeditions on instruction of his friend, discovered a stream and the place called Lakookan. He went back home to inform the king about the situation of things. The king called the entire town to relate the information to them about the discovery of the water source after a long period of drought. The decision was made to relocate to Lakookan.
On moving, it was decided that they will stay put at Lakooka, but as it is customary in Yoruba land you do not make a huge move without consulting the oracle. After consultation, the oracle told them to move on and they will perceive a sign when they get to where they are to put root.
On getting to where the present Osun shrine is, they perceived the sign and they stayed there for some time. As there main source of livelihood is farming, preparation was made to start farming the following year after settling down. They started clearing the bush and in the process one of the tree fell into the river, and the voice of the goddess called out to them saying 'Oso igbo e pele o, gbogbo ikoko aro mi ni e ti fo tan', meaning 'Hello deity of the forest,you have broken all my dyeing pots.' Thus the name 'Osogbo' from the word 'Oso Igbo'.
They begged the goddess who then insisted that they should leave the compound (where the shrine is) totally and move to where they won't hear her voice again. But before they left, she made some promise with them that wherever they are she will be with them that the war will not disturb them, they will not face any issue, all sorts of promises were made.
And with that they in return made an oath with the goddess that if she can do all what she said and continue with it, they will be coming to the river banks every year with a virgin lady that will come from the royal family. The lady will be the one to carry the calabash for the year, and that became the basis for the arugba and the festival.
THE GATE OF HISTORY
There is an iron gate with many carvings at the entrance of the Osun Sacred Groove. This gate tells the different history of the people and the Groove. Starting with the right side of the gate. Historically Yorubaland have different deities with different drums, a particular drum is important to Osun which is played whenever the festival holds. That is the depiction of the drummer at the extreme right of the gate.
And to let us realise that this is Osun and the indegenous work of the Osogbo people is tie and dye, that depicts the figure of a woman with her tie and dye pot.
Then the cowrie, which is the currency for trading during the era, it was no longer trade by barter.
Next is the representation of the first Oba, Oba Laroye Gbadewolu, followed by the hunter, Oguntimehin, and then the gong which was used as a means of communicaton to the people. Then the 16 point lamp, also called 'átupa Oloju merindinlogun', which was given to the Osogbo people by the goddess herself and it is made of brass. Every nine days to the festival, this lamp is lit up with palm oil and cotton wool. It is believed that the smoke coming out from the fire will send away all the evil spirit.
On the left side of the gate, there are representations of the Arugba, then women with babies depicting the belief of fertility and how powerful the water. The water is believed to be a problem solver. Problems are believed to be solved once one bath in the water. Then the image of a woman with fish tail which represents the priestess, the woman in-charge of the Osun Shrine.