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2017
Statues serving as entry point for the Ogbonis during Initiation

Up-Close-And-Personal with Osun Osogbo’s ‘Grovvy’ Structures

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.

Afrotourism's Niyi and Sam with Ms Magi, a Mexican tourist

Afrotourism's Niyi and Sam with Ms Magi, a Mexican Tourist

The tail of the Chameleon statue - entry of Iyamopo Courtyard

Afrotourist standing by the tail of the Chameleon statue - entry of Iyamopo Courtyard

The Chameleon at the entry of Iyamopo Quarters

Afrotourist standing under the chameleon - at the entry of Iyamopo Quarters

The expansive Iyamopo statue - the god with 6 hands and 2 servants

Afrotourist taking a shot of the expansive Iyamopo statue - the god with 6 hands and 2 servants

Statue of Yoruba talking drummers

Statue of Yoruba talking drummers

4 Founders of the Grove led by Susan Wenger and her dog

4 Founders of the Grove - led by Susan Wenger and her dog

The suspended bridge built in 1935 by the colonial masters across the Osun river

The suspended bridge built in 1935 by the colonial masters across the Osun river

Statue of Sanpona God of chicken pox a.k.a Baba agba Alajere Oba luaye

Statue of Sanpona - God of chicken pox a.k.a Baba agba, Alajere, Oba luaye

Have you been to the grove? We’d love to see your pictures.

Sam Adeleke

Sam Adeleke

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Sam Adeleke is a creative thinker, writer, speaker, actor and brand strategist. He is a passionate Nigerian committed to reminding Africa and the world of its unique beauty.
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