Olumo Rock, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nigeria and West Africa, sits at the heart of the ancient city of Abeokuta (which means ‘under the rock’). Abeokuta was originally inhabited by the Egba people who found refuge at Olumo Rock during the outbreak of inter-tribal wars in the nineteenth century. The rock provided natural shelter from marauders as well as unfavourable weather conditions. It was also a strategic vantage point from which to monitor the enemy’s advance. There is a staircase carved into the rock leading to its summit, offering a stunning view of the city below. There is also an elevator for those who may not be able to climb.
Yemoji, Ijebu Ode
The Yemoji Tourist Center is located few kilometres from the Ijebu Ode Township. It features a natural swimming pool which tourists visit for a refreshing dip and other fun activities.
Ebute Oni Beach
During the dry season, the blue waters of Ebute Oni beach are warm and welcoming and the waves are calm and gentle. A port is located nearby the beach.
Madam Tinubu’s Tomb
Madam Tinubu’s Tomb is a major tourist attraction in Abeokuta, Ogun State. Madam Efunroye Tinubu was an antagonist of the British colonial government during the colonial era. As punishment, she was banished from Lagos to her native land- Abeokuta. A former slave trader, when Tinubu realised the difference between domestic slavery and the inhumane treatment of slaves in Europe and the Americas, she became an opponent of forms of slavery. She became the first Iyalode of the Egba clan and was able to build a small financial empire by trading in arms and salt. She is considered an important figure in West African history due to her political significance as a powerful female aristocrat of feudal Nigeria. She died in 1887.
Birikisu Sungbo Shrine
The Birikisu Sungbo Shrine is a popular tourist destination located in Oke Eri in the Ijebu Ode LGA. The shrine is believed to be the burial site of the Queen of Sheba, one of the concubines of King Solomon. Legend has it that the Queen of Sheba, an Arabian princess, migrated to Oke Eri in her old age where she died and was buried.
The Ojude Oba celebration in Ijebuland, Ogun State is an annual event during which indigenes congregate at the palace of the Awujale (king) for a carnival-like celebration. The glitz and colour associated with the festival place it among the most famous cultural festivals in the country. All of Ijebu's sons and daughters always look forward to this event. It comes up on the third day of the Eid-el-kabir celebration, and people in the diaspora travel home to join their families and friends (irrespective of religion or political status) in the celebration.
Foremost among the deities in Ijebu is the Agemo whose festival is celebrated by Ijebu communities in June/July of every year. It is believed that the idea was initiated by the Obanta himself as an annual assembly of his priests (Alagemos) at Imosan to curb a rebellion. He was said to have summoned the Agemo priests from sixteen different locations to Ijebu-Ode for a heart-to-heart discussion.