Deji of Akure's ancient Palace!

Akure travel guide

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Located in the south-western region of Nigeria, Akure is the capital of Ondo State with a population of approximately 400,000 who are mainly Yoruba ethnic group.

The city was a small independent Yoruba kingdom until it was conquered by Benin in the early 19th centurty and Great Britain gained its control in 1894. Folklore mentioned the city was founded by a descendant children of Oduduwa, the progenitor of the Yoruba people.

The Prince left Ile-Ife in search of a place to settle just as many other Yoruba cities were founded by Princes. The heavy royal beads on his neck was to have broken with the beads running off, thereby deciphering this must be the place Olorun (God) wants him to settle at, hence the name “Àkún re” (Beads broken), later becoming Akure.

Rock engravings dating back to the Mesolithic period, have been discovered on the outskirts of Akure, and it has the oldest Homo Sapiens fossil to have been found in West Africa to thus far, dating back to around 11,000 years ago.

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Deji of Akure Palace
Deji of Akure is the traditional ruler in Akure and the palace offers an opportunity for the visitors to learn more about cultural heritage of Akure people. The palace houses a large number of historical monuments relating to the establishment of Akure.


Egungun (Masquerade) Festival
The egungun festival is very popular in Yorubaland where masquerades are considered to be spirits of dead ancestors entertaining people. The festival which takes place in almost all cities, towns and villages in the state, helps to showcase colourful and energetic cultural display.


Cave Ashes, Isharun
This is the cradle of the West Africa’s oldest pre-historic man. It was acclaimed as where the skeleton of the oldest pre-historic man was excavated by Professor Thurstan Shaw, an archeologist from the University of Ibadan.


Ebomi Lake Tourist Centre
The lake is located at Ipesi in Akoko South-East and it is about 115km from Akure – the state capital. The lake which is 1.6km long and 40m wide, has fascinating historical antecedent according to the locals. The word “Ebomi” is an adulteration of a Yoruba word “Abami”.


Igbokoda Waterfront
This is situated in Ilaje Local Government Area and it is one of the longest territorial water in Nigeria. However, at this waterfront which is about 142km from Akure, there is a fishing terminal which would definitely interest tourists.


Igbo Olodumare
Situated in Oke Igbo near Ile-Oluji, this is a thick evergreen forest preserved for its beautiful and fascinating nature. This forest is significant for its spiritual value as it was believed in the past that demons and spirits existed in the forest. It is an ideal place for camping, film shooting, picnic, and birds watching.


Olowo’s Palace, Owo
The palace is the largest in Yoruba land covering a 99 hectare piece of land to the west of the town. There are over 100 ancient courtyards of which 17 are still intact.

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Bliss World Hotel Restaurant
The hotel is 12km from Akure Airport and it offers extensive luxury with local and international cuisines finely prepared by their experienced chief. Contact: 40, Fajemirokun Avenue, Plot Block 1, Ijapo Estate. P.O.Box 86 Akure. Tel: +234 (0)706 203 1999, 805 297 9199, 708 917 1755


Chicken Republic
This is currently one of the fastest growing fast food franchises in West Africa. It offers spicy fried chicken, burger, sandwiches, ice cream etc. Contact: FUTA Road, Akure.

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A & T Presidential Suites
The hotel offers luxury and exquisite rooms furnished to taste, conducive relaxation, bar and restaurant, a well arrange conference hall, maximum security, uninterrupted power supply, standard swimming pool, large parking space and internet facilities. Contact: Km 5 Ilesha-Owo Express Way Before NNPC Mega Station, Akure. Tel: +234 N/A


Sunview Hotel
Located in a homely and serene environment, the hotel is a world of elegance where hospitality is being displayed beyond satisfaction. Their newly refurblish guest rooms and suite create a relaxing haven. Explore your creativity with their trained and friendly staff helping you with everything from audiovisual support to special menus. They also have a new business centre with a full range of amenities for your enjoyment. Contact: 8, El Shaddai Road G.R.A, Alagbaka, Akure. Tel: +234 (0) 802-077-5670, 0806-656-5462


Raphilo Hotel
This hotel offers 10 comfortable rooms for business travelers, tourists, and family groups. Your stay with them includes a free breakfast of tea, coffee, bread, snacks, and fresh fruit. They provide excellent day and night security, nicely arranged rooms and facilities, and we will also provide meals and catering services, if desired. Contact: Plot L, Block 6-8, Arisoyin Family Layout, Akure. Tel: +234 (0) 8061654943, 8064466398, 8074415104


Bliss World Hotel
The hotel is 12km from Akure Airport and it offers extensive luxury and comfort in the true tradition of the sunshine city. The hotel provides excellent services with internet access, cable TV, safe deposit, constant power supply with maximum security and laundry services. Contact: 40, Fajemirokun Avenue, Plot Block 1, Ijapo Estate. P.O.Box 86 Akure. Tel: +234 (0)706 203 1999, 805 297 9199, 708 917 1755


Solton International Hotel & Resort
It is a home away from home with experience and professionals staff to deliver first class quality service to business executives, tourists and families. Contact: Akoko Avenue, Ijapo Housing Estate, Akure. Tel: +234 N/A


Bliss World Hotel
The hotel is 12km from Akure Airport and it offers extensive luxury and comfort in the true tradition of the sunshine city. The hotel provides excellent services with internet access, cable TV, safe deposit, constant power supply with maximum security and laundry services. Contact: 40, Fajemirokun Avenue, Plot Block 1, Ijapo Estate. P.O.Box 86 Akure. Tel: +234 (0)706 203 1999, 805 297 9199, 708 917 1755


Ade Super Hotels
Adesuper Hotel is surrounded by beautiful garden and magnificent African landscaping which make it the place to stay for leisure, vacation and business trips. Contact: Ilesa Express Way, Akure.


Emperor Hotel & Suites
Located at the exclusive top class residential area of Alagbaka GRA, Akure, Emperor Suites are fully furnished and designed to make you feel at home. The hotel provides brilliantly good accommodation services in a secured and serene environment. Contact: Plot 9,Otunba Adetunji Adeleye Street, Behind C.B.N Alagbaka, Akure. Tel: +234 (0) 8030872435, 08073327478, 08027818762.

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