Erin Ijesha (Olumirin) is a seven step waterfall in Osun State, Nigeria, the waterfalls is a whole new exciting and awe inspiring experience with nature. Each step of the waterfall has a flowing fountain that marks the mystical nature of the place. The waterfall is 2km off Erin Ijesha town. According to one of the custodians of the waterfall, it was discovered by a woman called Akinla, founder of Erin-Ijesha town and a granddaughter of Oduduwa, the progenitor of the Yoruba race, in the year 1140 AD during the migration of Ife people to Erin- Ijesa. Legend has it that when it was first discovered, the waterfall had the appearance of a mysterious figure. When the woman saw it she shouted “Ati ri Oluwa mirin” where the name Olumirin came from. She consulted an ifa priest which told her that it was not God they saw but to see how great and marvellous God works (The River)
When visiting the waterfall, it is advisable to wear climbing boots or comfortable footwears that won't restrict your climbing. The waterfall is a stunning assemblage of seven unique levels, with each level providing a whole new outlook when compared to the previous level. The water fall exudes a therapeutic ambience which only something natural can produce.
Climbing the levels of the waterfall is quiet a daunting one for any climber but one that is really exciting and worth the effort. The first level is so beautiful and astonishing. The water flowed with a rhythm and just watching it gives you a soothing feeling but we could not go for swimming because all our focus was to get to the seventh level of the mountain.
On getting to the third we got lost we have to go back to ask for the route to the forth level which a gentleman assisted us in that. Getting to the Fifth level everybody was tired, we started seeing reptiles some among us was even scared to continue but we still move ahead.
The seventh level hosts a settlement where many of its inhabitants have lived for several years this village is called Ajegbandi, Efon Alaye,Ekiti. We met a woman in her hut cooking, she welcome us warmly and gave us a seat to sit, we were told the Baale wasn’t around but she tried telling us the little she knew about the waterfall and the village. She said we can’t go near the source unless during festival period and a woman cannot see or go near the source of the water fall but still we visited the stream, were the water was actually flowing from the source.
It was getting late so we have to leave the village(Seventh level) because we can’t miss The breeze at the waterfall which was cool and refreshing, the water flows among rocks and splashes down with great force to the evergreen vegetation around. The whole scenery is fascinating and idyllic.
We decided to swim in the first level because the first level is so beautiful and astonishing. The water flowed with a rhythm and just watching it gives you a soothing feeling. It was so inviting I couldn’t stop myself from having a feel of it; I needed to feel the water on my skin, I went in. It welcomed us with a full embrace like a lost child, it took a lot of cajolingly to get others out of the water.