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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.
CNN recently sidelined Port Harcourt Airport as the worst airport in the world while Business Day, a well-respected business publication in South Africa, were unforgiving in their opinion on Lagos’ MMIA Airport saying, “Which is the worst? It is no surprise that it is Lagos. Take a deep breath … It is not only being there, it is also getting there — an entire afternoon wasted in traffic, with chaos reigning at all times at the airport. You absolutely have to use “official protocol” (read between the lines) to get anywhere. Point being, you need cash. Bribery is open and innate, inbred and inculcated.”
Bribery is open and innate, inbred and inculcated – Business Day
Now Travelstart Nigeria has released research which supports the findings in those pieces of journalism.
We conducted our study over a few weeks in 2015 surveying a vast sect of Nigerian business and leisure travellers. We gauged public opinion on everything from luggage handling to Nigeria airport facilities and staff.
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International SOS has released a map showing which countries pose a travel security risk and Nigeria’s status may or may not surprise you.
The Travel Risks Map 2016 lists Nigeria as a high security risk, putting us on the same level as Chad, DRC and Venezuela.
According to the map, travel in Nigeria is more risky than in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
High risk is applied to countries where protests are frequently violent and may target or disrupt foreigners.
“They may be exacerbated by governance issues, including security or law and order capacity. Violent crime or terrorism pose significant direct or incidental risks to travellers and expatriates.”
“Communal, sectarian or racial violence is common and foreigners may be directly targeted. Certain parts of the country are inaccessible or off-limits to the traveller.”
So what does it take to be considered safe?
The status of “insignificant travel risk” applies to very few countries such as Norway, Switzerland and Greenland.
To be considered as posing an insignificant travel risk, rates of violent crime need to be very low, security and emergency services must be effective and infrastructure must be reliable.
“Transport services are of a high standard with good safety records and only occasional travel disruption,” International SOS said.
Medical Risk: High
The map also rates medical risk in different countries. In this category, Nigeria is also considered high risk – “Basic emergency services and dental care may be available. Specialist care is limited. Access to quality prescription drugs may be limited and, in some cases, counterfeiting and/or improper storage of drugs is an issue. Serious infectious diseases such as typhoid, cholera, dengue fever and malaria may pose a threat.”