I came across a picture of this waterfall sometime ago and as the adventurer that I am, I told myself I needed to pay a visit and explore the wonderful natural habitat…
The search begins, I did some research, googled and found little or no information about this place, then I decided to ask the natives of the state, since I had a few friends that schooled and were also origins of the state.
My search proved abortive as 80% of them haven’t even heard about it talk less of visiting the breathtaking scenery.
Then my curiosity increased by 50%, and I told myself I must find this place….little did I know I was going on a sojourn to an unknown destination.
The day before I arrived at Ilorin in kwara state, and stayed with a friend who is to accompany me to the fall as it would be totally dangerous and ludicrous to go on my own.
So the morning after, we set out and began the journey, boarded a cab which we were literarily squeezed into for the sum of 600NGN each from ilorin to a town called “Oke Onigbe” (for my non Yoruba readers, I’m sorry I doubt I can translate that myself ), after which we were told to ask the locals of the community for directions or take a bike.
The first bike man that we approached said he would take 2500NGN for one person to the waterfall…..I’m like what the fuck (excuse my French) even my transportation from Lagos to Ilorin was 2500NGN, so why would he call such ridiculous amount.
Decided to try another one, after so much bargaining and begging, we settled to 3000NGN for two of us (that’s a to and fro charge).
And then behold the journey started, we kept going and going it seemed we would never get to our destination….the most part of me was scared for my life because I thought it was all over and I was probably being taken for money rituals (typical black man thought), but I kept acting all strong and taking mental picture of how we came should Incase we would need to find our way or run for our dear lives or something…..
Finally we got to a very narrow path that even the bike could go no further and we began hiking and climbing one hill to another and then out of no where it stood in all its glory, alone in the woods, the beautiful waterfall of Owu….
It was a very calm and lonely place, I’m sure the cost of transportation and accessibility discourages people from going there.
After a few pictures and recording, we headed out which was another stress and journey but my mind was at peace because I knew I wasn’t going to be used for rituals or killed just yet ….
The stress was indeed worth it but I will urge the government of Kwara state to pay more attention to this beautiful site as it is an amazing tourist center which could generate income and also bring foreigners into Nigeria.