Exploring the Osun Osogbo grove on a regular day is an exercise in awe and wonder. You would think you’ve had your fill during the annual Osun Osogbo festival, but wait a few days before or after, and you’re sure to have a totally different experience. Niyi and I hopped on the motorbike that Saturday morning. It’s probably the fastest means to get to the grove aside the mini-taxi buses and the regular taxis. We took photographs as we journeyed along, meandering the ever busy roads of Oshogbo, the Osun state capital. Within ten minutes, we landed at the grove, into the waiting arms of the Grove’s official tour guides. After a brief negotiation on charges (since we came with cameras) we set out into this ‘forest’. How beautiful and majestic are the mega structures at this UNESCO World Heritage site! Apparently, the late Susan Wenger, Adunni Orisha, did a yeoman’s job at putting this site on the global tourism map. The art works are simply imposing, stunning and symbolic in every ramification. And the icing on the cake was the story told by our tour guide about each of the structures in the facility… Okay, I need to stop here. Without giving away too many spoilers, here are interesting shots from our ‘Grovvy’ tour.
Up-Close-And-Personal with Osun Osogbo’s ‘Grovvy’ Structures
Posted 14 May 2017 - By Sam Adeleke