Kogi State is home to a number of unique iconic monuments, which hold different symbolisms and features that many find inspiring and amazing. One of such is Obangogo Hills in Egunbe community in Kabba area of the state. It is imposing 700 metres hill of awesome eternal spectacle and fascinating.
It is associated with rich legendary myth that the people have over the years preserved and promoted with relish and certain measure of cantour to anyone who cares to listen. Obangogo is many things to different people, to some it is a mesh of interlocking caves where the people sheltered themselves against invading armies and slave traders. Legend has it that it harbor the coffin of one of its kings, Elegha, the Akokereje, Kereje, which turned into a stone.
At the peak of this hilly mountain is a pool of spring water, which the locals say possesses healing powers and this is attributed to the five mystical lakes atop the hills called Ako. It scenic beauty is an enchanting view to behold and a delight for photo shoot by people who visit on daily basis, especially during the annual fiesta celebrated by the people within the expansive complex of the hills.r on the hill will manifest.
To this end, the people have concluded plans to stage its annual cultural feast on December 26. The curator of Obangogo, Ben Owoleke, revealed that this year’s event holds a lot of promises as it is going to be colourful and entertaining, attracting many of the indigenes across the country and the world as well as visitors, as it forms part of the Yuletide festivities for the people. According to him, the people intend to make it a world class celebration by ensuring that people from all over the world attend the event yearly.
‘‘We started making it open and going to the mountain in year 2013. That was the first time we visited the place in good numbers. By 2014, some people came from America and South Africa, 2015 was great and 2016 was the peak, as a lot of government officials came and the first lady agreed to be the face of Obangogo, we had a great time.”
Towards this end, a group of Kabba indigenes led by the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of X3M Group, Steve Babaeko, has begun a move geared at elevating the status of Obangogo Hills to a World Heritage Site through packaging it for the attention of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
With the first lady of the state, Mrs. Rashidat Bello, who last year was honoured as the face of Obangogo, is this year expected to use her position and personality to mobilise support for the successful hosting of this year’s event, which according to the organisers would feature cultural entertainment, dance, music, dining and wining.
As the people persist with the hosting of the festival, the state government would have to look in the way of the community by ensuring that ensuring that some basic amenities that would make the festival an enduring one are provided as this would no doubt attract more patronage and even private investment to it. Obangogo Hill is located some kilometers off the Okene – Kabba Expressway, by the permanent site of College of Education (Technical), Gbeleko.
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