How to see Osun in one Weekend — Day 2

Morning Yoga at the Nike Arts Gallery Guest House, Photo: Adebola Adeniran

Morning Yoga — 7:00am

Vivienne left a message in our group chat to wake everyone up for Yoga.

Yoga at the Nike Arts Gallery Guest House, Photo: Adebola Adeniran

Breakfast — 8:30am

After Yoga, It was time for breakfast. Breakfast was Milo, tea, bread, fried eggs, pineapples and Puff puff.

Nike Arts Gallery Workshop — 10:50am

First stop was the Nike arts gallery Workshop. It was a little hard to locate and Google maps (which we used a lot on this Trip) wasn’t so helpful either. Eventually, we were able to find it.

Getting a tour of the Workshop. Photo: @adejosh_
Dewaxing Adire, Photo: Adebola Adeniran
Pots that the indigo dyes are mixed in. Photo: Adebola Adeniran
At the Nike Arts Gallery Workshop // Photo: Oyinola Agunloye
Nike Arts Gallery Workshop, Photo: Adebola Adeniran
Dye pots. Photo: @adejosh_

Nike Arts Gallery, Osogbo— 11:30am

After the tour of the Workshop, we headed to the Nike Arts Gallery itself which was only a 5-min drive from the Workshop. My first thought on arriving at the Art Gallery was that the one in Lagos is much much bigger than the one in Osogbo.

Nike Arts Gallery, Osogbo, Osun state
Aso-oke section of the Nike Arts Gallery, Osogbo, Osun State.
Nike Arts Gallery, Osogbo. Photo: Oluwaseyi Oyefeso
Nike Arts Gallery, Osogbo Photo: Oluwaseyi Oyefeso
Nike Arts Gallery, Osogbo
Nike Arts Gallery, Osogbo Photo: Oluwaseyi Oyefeso

The Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove — 12:40pm

We arrived at the Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove at around 12:40pm and spent a few minutes waiting for our tour guide. In the meantime, as you should know by now, we spent those few minutes taking pictures for the gram!

Outside the Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove. Photo: Oluwaseyi Oyefeso
Outside the Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove, Photo: Vivienne Ekpo
Outside the Osogbo Sacred Grove, Photo: Adebola Adeniran
Sculpture of Osun Olomojojo — Osun the giver of many Children
Sculptures around the grove
The Osun River, Photo: Adebola Adeniran
The Suspended Bridge, Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove, Photo: Adebola Adeniran
Group Photo on the Suspended Bridge. Photo: @adejosh_

Olumirin Waterfalls, Erin Ijesa — 3:50pm

Descent to the 3rd level of the Waterfall
Vegetation at the Olumirin Waterfalls, Photo: Adebola Adeniran
The Gallivanter at the Olumirin Waterfall. Photo: Adebola Adeniran
At the 3rd level of The Olumirin Waterfalls, Photo @adejosh_
The Olumirin Waterfall, Photo: @adejosh_

Gràffítì Village Bar, Osogbo — 7:30pm

Our final stop for the day was the Gràffítì Village Bar in Osogbo. As you can see, the owners were very particular about how the word Gràffítì is spelt. It’s how you would pronounce Graffiti but as an indigene of Yoruba land.

Menu prices at the Graffiti bar
From the Rooftop of the Nike Arts Gallery Guest House // Photo: Adebola Adeniran
From the Rooftop of the Nike Arts Gallery Guest House // Photo: Adebola Adeniran
At the Nike Arts Gallery Guest House, Photo: Oluwaseyi Oyefeso

Beware of the Checkpoints

One thing I need to point out is the amount of Checkpoints we met. Sometimes, It felt like we were in the middle of a war or something. From Lagos to Ibadan, there were zero checkpoints but once we began the journey from Ibadan to Osun state, we must have encountered at least 5 checkpoints on both legs of the journey. Somehow, our Bus was never stopped. It seemed the Driver had a little trick up his sleeve that I’m not quite sure of. I just noticed he never stopped at any of the checkpoints. You’d think he was friends with the policemen.

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