After our trip to Ngwo pine Forest, Cave, Waterfall, Warm and cold spring we head on to the next spot which is Ezeagu Tourist Complex. Our driver seem not to know the direction and quickly I called my friend from last night who gave me the number of his friend that is familiar with the place.
After a few minutes of call we head out to the Onitsha/Enugu express road. Ezeagu in Obunifia-Ndino is off the express about 20 kilometre drive from Enugu, driving into the place gives you no clue the beauty and wonders one is about to see.
We followed the direction sign to the waterfall and beside it in the opposite direction is the cave and another stream. We were stopped by a young man who became our guide round the place, his name is Ijele.
Ijele told us that we are to pay a certain amount per head of which we haggle it. There is no official ticket or any form of legal structure. We were to learn later that a certain amount goes to the village coffers which is used to renovate certain structures within the complex, like the much needed walkway across the water.
It all started with planning the trip a month ago. I have always wanted to explore the eastern part of Nigeria and from there move on to the South-South. I finally got to carry my bag and hit the road with a travel buddy of mine.
We booked our bus with GIGM and choose our preferred seat, always a window seat for me.
The D-day, we got to the bus station 45minutes early, picked up our tickets and waited for the bus to leave. As usual, stipulated time is never followed, that is not new.
Crossing the Niger
There are two things that welcomes you to the east, the River Niger bridge and the red soil. The beautiful moment of crossing the River Niger never gets old. The structure is an architectural beauty on its own, and driving through it is quite thrilling. It was a wet afternoon by the time we crossed the Niger and thus we journeyed onto Enugu. The east is a red soil terrain which you would have started noticing from Ore-Benin onto Delta and further down on crossing the Niger.
On the way to Enugu, you can not help but notice the effect of erosion on the terrain, it will be good if good roads that fits a red soil area with enough strengths to withhold the weight of the trailers and trucks that passes through daily.
We got to Enugu in the evening at about 6pm. Another one of my tips for road trip was put into use. I had contacted an acquaintance who live in Enugu previously on getting a cab driver that will take us round the various sites we want to see, but unfortunately he could not get one. The cab driver that took us to our hotel was quite amiable so we talked to him about driving us to our locations. He checked our list when we got to the hotel and pointed out the ones he thinks is near and the ones that are far off thus making us to choose locations that are more important to us.
The day started with light showers of rain that went on to become a heavy shower in the morning of Sunday, September 3rd. This however did not deterred the sons and daughters of Ijebu Ode to be gaily dressed and head out for this year's Ojude Oba festival.
Ojude Oba is a festival which takes place annually the third day of the Eid-al-Adha or Sallah. Sons and daughters of Ijebuland with their family and friends gather at the pavilion opposite the palace to pay homage to the Awujale of Ijebuland. This year's theme is Ojude Oba: A Rich Heritage For Ijebu Unity.
They converge in their different age group also known as 'Regberegbe' in their colourful attires from head to toe. The beautiful colours all over the arena makes it a carnival like festival.
The 'Regberegbes' was revived by the present Awujale, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona, Ogbagba II, for the continuous growth and development of Ijebuland.