Idanre Hill

Idanre Hills
Idanre Hill Inserberg

Idanre Hill is the system of high plains and mountains, the highest of which rises about 3,000 ft. above sea level just about 15km southwest of Akure, capital city of Ondo State. Oke Idanre, as it is being called by natives, feature the Owa’s Palace, Shrines, Old Court, belfry, the Agbogun footprint, and the thunder water. Other hills surrounding the Idanre hill include the Olofin hill and the Orosun hill named after the Olofin the founding father of Oke-Idanre and his queen Orosun, and the Ahiala Hill, that has a footprint, called the Agbogun footprint, which is deemed that anyone who puts his foot into the Agbogun footprint is regarded as a wizard, also there is the Carter Hill named after a former Colonial Governor and the Ajimoba Hill named after a gatekeeper. The hill is sheer sided, and dome shaped. Tourists will have to climb over 600 steps with five posts resting along the steps where tourists can relax before getting to the top. It is regarded as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Idanre, according to author Jacob U. Egharevba, in  City of Benin,  is one of the oldest towns in Nigeria. The early people came from Ile-Ife along with Oranmiyan who was then a prince. Relics such as an old copy of Oduduwa‘s crown is believed by some to be at Idanre.

Tope Apoola
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