NAME : MINGO TORWEI FRIDAY
MATRIC NO: 15/16/MS/237788
DEPARTMENT: SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION.
COURSE CODE: SSE 315
COURSE TITTLES : field experience /Feminist issues
COURSE LECTURERE: DR.(Mrs) ESEOGHENE UMORU-SULE
SUBMIT BY MINGO TORWEI FRIDAY
THE FIELD EXPERIENCE TOUR REPORT.
Today being 8th August 2018 time 8:10am
The team team was led by The H.O.D of social studies department Dr.(Mrs) Eseoghene Umoru-sule and team of lectureres and staff of Delta State College of physical Education Mosogar.
The Dean of students affairs Mr. Oyibo G. Ogaga
Dr. (MRS). IWELU
Mrs. Anyia Ubiagulu
Mr. Ufouma Teacher
We left the college campus with two schools, bus one another Bus and one private car to Ekiti state.
The three bus met at Ethiope west LGA headquarter Oghara junction, at 8:00am, and started moved 8:15am.
The movements started and educational activities started as left Ethiope west LGA Delta state the next community Ologbo 9am in Ikpaba okho LGA Edo state.
The four vehicle met at sapele Benin road in Benin city
The community along the road to Ekiti state and date and time on our field trip tour
[8/9, 11:09am ) we are in Owan in Edo state in
[8/9, 11:25am] we are in Boundary between Edo and ondo IFON town, whereby mobile checking point situated.
[8/9, 11:46am ] we are in Owo town along ondo state road Elegbeka Yam market
[8/9, 11:58am] Ipele community
[8/9, 12:00pm] Elegbusi yam market
[8/9, 12:12pm] Oyoyo Igbe owo town
[8/9, 12:22pm] Nucleus Club owo town
[8/9, 12:22pm] Owo main town
[8/9, 12:27pm] Spu base 14 owo town
[8/9, 12:30pm] Rufus Giwa polytechnic owo
[8/9, 12:52pm] Oloba market
[8/9, 12:52pm] Uso town
[8/9, 13:15pm] Benin and owana river base developments arakan MI Akure
[8/9, 13:41pm] University of commerce
Federal university of technology Akure
On this process of movement our vehicles distance to his others, and majority of passagers and drive didn’t have ideas of the road to Ekiti then we missed the road, and one many working at the LGA in ondo state voluntarily assist our vehicles to Ekiti road, and we also passed across call to other vehicles they equally missed the road to Akure and we advised them to turn back and they did.
The journey procedure next community again
Date and time
[8/9, 14:23pm] Igbara oke ondo state
[8/9, 14:52pm] Igbara odo town
[8/9, 15:13pm] Ikogosi town in Ekite state
[8/9, 15:18pm] Ikogosi warm and cool water spring,
Arrived at the resident of the warm and cool water spring resort only our vehicles, waiting for 15minute the remaining three vehicle arrived, then the head of the Department led us to the management board, the management took all the students to the warm and cool springs water, the first teacher name Mr. John Taiwo .
Second Mr. Abayomi
Ikogosi Warm Springs AND THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF IKOGOSI
The Ikogosi Warm Springs is a tourist attraction located at Ikogosi, a town in Ekiti State, southwestern Nigeria.
Flowing abreast the warm spring is another cold spring which meets the warm spring at a confluence, each maintaining its thermal properties.
These attributes make the spring a tourist attraction in Nigeria.
Research suggested that the warm spring has a temperature of about 70oC at the source and 37oC at the confluence.
According to the teachers in the seen, Mr. Taiwo and Mr. Abayomi, the springs last for some centuries, and the traditional history of the springs trace to one man first discovered the springs, name Ogogo and he married two wives names mrs. Awe and Awale and this two disappeared in that particular location, due to disobey the rules guiding the location and both turned to two water, which cold and warm springs, these two women have different characters, one is easy going woman and one is not easy going woman, one is very clean and one is not average clean, the not easy going woman turned to warm water, and easy going woman turned to cold water,
The two water also different colors one is pure and one is average pure. The location of the water is surrounded by hilly, there ancient buildings and zoom, local long bridge and tide road, there is beautiful swimming pool. There police officer posted to the resident and guiding the environment, the meeting point of the two water, one cymbal tree stand join with Palm tree, growing together about 90 years. At the beginning of the tour two as peer to entering point.
After the location all students came together and ate our foods and drink together.
Background and history of the Ikogosi Warm Springs (1952-1977)
In 1952, Southern Baptist missionary, Rev. John S. McGee, from his mission base in the nearby Ekiti town of Igede, went to the source of the hot and cold springs, about which he had heard from the Ikogosi people. Initially, he was discouraged from doing this, for reasons of the tradition he had heard from the local residents, which was that nobody should ever visit the source of these two streams, because of the idea that to do so would be to invite death from the supernatural forces that were responsible for this strange, and most unusual, feature of nature. In spite of these “warnings,” Rev. McGee made his way through the bush/forest, up the hill to the source of the two side-by-side springs. According to Rev. McGee’s later brief, written account, “After seeing it, I felt that it could be used for a good purpose. I discussed the possible use of it with some of the Mission and (Nigerian Baptist) Convention friends. With the growing interest of Royal Ambassador work, and youth work, we felt that it could best be used by building a Youth Camp. I took it up with the Ekiti Association and we decided to build a camp for our R.A.s and G.A.s. The land was secured through the Convention.”
Having had the water from both springs tested to ensure its purity, Rev. McGee, with support from the Ekiti Baptist Association of churches and the Nigerian Baptist Convention who secured 28 acres of land which was the original camp, began planning for the building of the camp. The Baptist Mission architect, Rev. Wilfred Congdon (located at the Baptist Mission in Oshogbo) drew the design and plans for the original (16) buildings, which were built in this order: the swimming pool, fed by the warm springs (built in 1962); a combination dining hall, large kitchen and storage areas; eight (8) small cabins, each of which could house sixteen persons, with sleeping, bath and toilet facilities; a Baptist Mission residence, which was occupied by the McGees from the middle 1960s until October, 1973, when the McGees received word from Ibadan, that the Nigerian government was taking control of the camp; and finally, a chapel, was completed in the late 1960s. By 1972, all the buildings of the original Nigerian Baptist Convention camp had been completed, and the camp was being visited regularly by groups of Baptist youth and adults, along with missionaries and other visitors who came for vacation/”local leave.” According to a letter from Mrs. Doris McGee, “In 1968, we had 734 people stay at the camp either in the 12 camps or retreats, or on local leave or vacations. Already in the first four months of this year we have had 322 people in seven camps or retreats or for rest.”
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, following the Biafran Civil War, some public opposition to the Baptist Camp began to develop, particularly as the McGees resisted public/military use of the camp, as they gave firm priority to the religious events and groups for which it had been built. News from the Lagos area alleged that the facility being developed at the warm springs was the work of the (U.S.) Central Intelligence Agency, for political purposes. One newspaper, in particular, expressed the negative and critical views of one well-known writer, Dr. Tai Solarin, based on the misinformation that was being circulated. Finally, some prominent alumni (“old boys”) of the Baptist College at Iwo (now Bowen University) brought Dr. Solarin to the Ikogosi camp to be introduced and to meet with Rev. McGee. My father told me that they were all together in my father’s office at their house at the camp, when he went and got the “Prestigious Beaded Walking Stick,” which had been presented to him by the Ewi of Ado in 1961. He showed it to Dr. Solarin and told him, “Your people do not give this to someone who does not love them.” My father said that Dr. Solarin looked at it with amazement and asked, “Where did you get this?!” When my father told him, Dr. Solarin’s attitude changed completely.
Nonetheless, by early 1971, news of the Baptist Camp was becoming much more known by persons (outside of the Baptist Mission and Nigerian Convention) who saw possibilities for the development of a commercial, tourist resort. By December 22, 1973, the government had opened its guest house which was located by the warm springs swimming pool, and the following month, January 18, 1974, the McGees received word that the government was taking control of the swimming pool, the Baptist Camp’s featured attraction. From that time forward, the activity at the camp significantly declined, with the McGees continuing to manage the facilities (other than the pool) from their Baptist Mission residence at Igede, until their retirement from Nigeria. When the McGees retired from Nigeria in July, 1977, Rev. McGee was installed as “Chief Akorewolu of Ikogosi,” by the Loja of Ikogosi Ekiti, in a ceremony that occurred on 1 July 1977. This followed Rev. McGee’s having been installed as “Chief Gbaiyegun” by the Onigede, Chiefs and people of Igede on March 10, 1957. As mentioned above, in 1961, Rev. McGee was given the “Prestigious Beaded Walking Stick” by King Aladesanmi the Second of Ado-Ekiti, on behalf of the Ekiti Baptist Association.
Unfortunately, for the future of the Baptist “Warm Springs” Camp at Ikogosi, when the McGees left, there was no Mission or Convention person available or willing to manage the camp, and in 1978, the entire property was sold to the Nigerian government by the Nigerian Baptist Convention, for the price of three-hundred thousand Naira. Within a matter of less than ten years, when the McGees very briefly visited Igede and Ikogosi (1985), the camp had been covered with bush. Rev. McGee, who walked to the camp on the road there he had built, told me that he did not bother to try to enter the camp grounds, and could barely see the buildings which were already being covered by bush.
As already described above, by the early-middle 1970s, the Nigerian government took control of the swimming pool, and had built some guest chalets adjacent to it, with a separate entrance road from that which the McGees had built to the camp entrance. From that time forward, there was always the hope/intention of developing that area for tourist purposes, but it was not until the past three or four years (2011-2014), that the Ekiti government under the leadership of its Governor, was able to enter into an agreement with resources which have been able to develop the facilities to their current high level. Just for the record, for those who may be interested, any of the current, renovated buildings which have a STONE portion of their exterior, are buildings which were preserved from the original Baptist camp.
THE SECOND DAY BRIEF REPORT AND THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF IDANRE HILL RESORT.
The tour continue at same day 8th August 2018 we left Ikogosi town Ekiti state, at about 17:10 pm and procedure to Idanre kingdom Ondo state, arrived Idanre hill resort was late at about 7:10pm and the guidance of the resort advise us to find a place to sleep and procedures for the next day, and they took us to one Hotel call Rock velly but the price is too much then we move to another Hotel call starlight hotel at Alade Idanre. The next day we move to the resort again, at about 7:48am and arrived 8:03am Eka Aro Idanre resort
The Idanre Hill, or Oke Idanre is located in Idanre town in Ondo State of southwestern Nigeria.
The hill of Idanre is one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Nigeria.
It includes such cultural sites as “Owa’s Palace, Shrines, Old Court, Belfry, Agbooogun footprint, thunder water (Omi Apaara) and burial mounds and grounds”.
It resides 3000 ft above sea level and houses a unique ecosystem upon which the cultural landscape has integrated. On getting to the entrance of the hill you will see a great tree at the entrance of the ancient city of Idanre called the IRAYE TREE, then you can now get prepared to take the steps to the great city beyond the hills of Idanre.
Idanre Hills is located on a Precambrian igneous batholith that is about 500 Million years old, and is cut by several large fracture that form deep valleys within the rocks.
World Heritage status
This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on October 8, 2007 in the Cultural category.
Amietophrynus perreti, or the Perret’s toad, is only known from a single locality at the Idanre Hill. The five sites where forest elephants are found in southern Nigeria are the Omo Forests in Ogun State, the Okomu National Park in Edo State, the Cross River National Park in Cross River State, the IDANRE FORESTS and Osse River Park in Ondo State and the Andoni Island in Rivers State. [Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) ]
The ancient settlement of Idanre has existed on the hill since antiquity, however Western civilization was introduced to the ancient city when a team of missionaries led by Rev. Gilbert Carter arrived in the year 1894. The missionaries built the first primary school in the year 1896 of which the clay building still stands strong till this day. In the year 1906, a law court was established which includes an ancient prison where the convicts spend their jail term.
My personal experience in IDANRE hills resort tours.
I Feeling On Top Of The World At Idanre Hills Ondo
Posted on August 9th 2018
When I say Nigeria has beautiful landscapes and views, you have to believe me. Even when it took us 660 steps, four bottles of water and a number of stops to discover this, it was all worth it at the end of the day. Our visit to Idanre hills in Ondo was my favorite in our 2 day tour.
On our way to Idanre hills, we passed through the main Ondo town and the state capital Akure. I was impressed by the level of development I saw. I liked the fact that they had an organized set of cabs and buses, which had their own lane. They also had working traffic lights and active traffic wardens. The main roads were quite good. I saw lots of boutiques, stores and popular eateries (like the ones in Delta ). The town is also very hilly and our drive to Idanre was filled with views of different rocks and hills.
Ondo is a very hilly state
Idanre Hills resort
When we arrived at the resort, it was apparent, just like in Ikogosi, that the government has been paying special attention to it. The reception alone spoke of constant are and maintenance. I was already impressed. The attendant we met was quite courteous and welcomed us to the resort amidst smiles and told us that we had 660 steps to climb. The students was not ask to pay anything but the HOD Dr. (Mrs) Eseoghene Omoru-sule show love to the management board.
The entrance of idanre hills resort
The reception is very artsy. I liked it
Before we started the journey, our tour guide by Mr. Cletus John and advise us to buy some bottles of water. We were told that it would be very necessary for the journey. No kidding fam, the water was more than necessary. We met fellow climbers who were on their way down. Some of them were encouraging us, while others were laughing and quipped about how long we still had to climb. I was a bit worried, but excited at the same time about the adventure. If you want to lose some weight, just climb the hills every day for a month and you’ll be amazed
Before we started climbing
History behind it
We climbed 100 steps in the twinkle of an eye and found the first resting spot. We didn’t stop there because we still had energy. Mr Cletus told us the history behind the rock. He told us how the rock was a useful hideout for the indigenes of the town during the war a very long time ago (I honestly can’t remember when). He showed us a point which was called Dagunro which means the end of war.
One of the Resting points
Many of them are littered with goat faeces. I think that needs to be taken care of
We continued climbing and by the time we reached the 660th step, I was OK because of the everyday sporting live pattern and my job as mobile police officer I saw some lost there breath. They was literally gasping and they had to find the nearest place to seat. It took about 20 minutes including stops and picture taking to get to the top. When you get to the top, you still have to walk and climb a little to the main summit. When we finally got there though, it was a beauty to behold. I felt like Maria from Sound of Music, at the part where she was singing “The Hills are alive”. After pouring water on my face (advice from Friends T. J Jay really worked) to douse the sweat and all, I grabbed my camera and began taking shots of the magnificent views.
I zoomed in on our car which was way down. It looked a lot tinnier than this
We saw some defunct chalets on top of the hills. Then we proceeded to some other parts of the hills. Our tour guide showed us the first primary school in Idanre which was called Igboore standard school. Obviously the school is no longer functioning. We were also able to view the Oba’s Palace which was in the middle of another hill.
One of the defunct Chalets on top of the hill
Our tour guide told us that warriors used to fetch this water and it made them victorious agains their enemies at war.
The people of Idanre then worship two main deities Olofin and Orosun.
Every adult was initiated into either or both of these two cults. An Olofin worshiper answers ”Moji” while Orosun devotees answer ” MODE”
The people who were in neither of these two fold were regards as unbelievers .
Ancient Idanre was deeply a traditional societies with many taboos.
It was customary for Owa to slaughter a cow during Ije festival Every year in memory of his ancestors. The numbers of cow heads hung during the reigns of Owa reflected the years he must have spend on the throne. These cow heads since time immemorial, we’re hung at a particular at a particular corner in the ancient palace. Also addition of these cow heads gathered at different periods enabled the people to calculate the numbers of years they have spent in the ancient town, Ufe Oke
The first primary school in Idanre. Igboore Standard school Idanre
Idanre hills resort has a lot of other attractions. They have lodges available for people who would like to stay over. The lodges are actually wooden chalets which come in different sizes. They also have swimming pools, an outdoor entertainment area, a playground, indoor sports facility and hall. Interestingly we saw various camp tents around, so it’s safe to say their grounds are safe for camping. They also have various food and drink vendors.
They were having a picnic, which is a really great idea after climbing and I had to snap that cute girl
I utterly and absolutely loved this adventure. Would I consider visiting Idanre hills again? A big Yes. But the next time, I would prefer to go with a lot of people and after climbing, we would probably have a picnic, swim and camp (creepy) too.
The sign says Ekaabo To Idanre Hills, but since we were leaving, I’ll rather say Odaabo to Idanre Hills
I commend the government for maintaining it and giving us one more tourist attraction to be proud of. In my opinion, with just a little more care and a lot of marketing, it can become a UNESCO world heritage site
Oke Idanre (Idanre Hill) – UNESCO World Heritage Centre Retrieved 2009-03-03.http://www.ncfnigeria.org/careers/item/163-forest-elephant-alive-campaig
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^ (Information source: I, John David McGee, am the older son of Rev. and Mrs. McGee; who grew up in Igede, and visited Ikogosi numerous times as a child; saw the camp area in 1960, before anything had been built; spent the summer at the camp there in 1964; and five weeks at the camp in 1972, after it had been completed.)