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Habeeblah Olamilekan
Kwara state polytechnic,ilorin
Graduate, Nigeria.
No fewer than 144 students
from the Department of Sociology and Social
Work from the University of Lagos ( Unilag) ,
on Saturday had a tour of tourism sites in Ile-
Ife, Osun.

Some of the students told the News Agency of
Nigeria (NAN) after the excursion that it was
meant to expose them to the culture, tradition,
heritage sites of the ancient city.

They said it would help them to appreciate
and further understand what ‘ Inter Group
Relations’ an aspect of their course in school
was really about.

The students were taken on tour of the
National Museum, the Ooni’s Palace, Ile Ase,
Oranmiyan, Oduduwa, Moremi groves and a
host of other tourists’ destinations.

One of the students, Favour Yinka-Ojo, said
that the visit to the ancient city had satisfied
her curiousity to know more about the town.

Yinka-Ojo said that she had been able to clear
her doubts and ascertained that those stories
about the ancient city were actually true and
not false or jokes as she had thought in the

The undergraduate who was amased at the
tradition and culture of Ife advised tour
operators to intensify efforts in projecting the
city as a tourism hub for both local and
international tourists.

” I have seen lots of artefacts in the museum,
Oranmiyan and Moremi groves, seeing these
groves makes me believe the stories
surrounding them .

” We have a very rich history and cultural
heritages which must be well promoted for
international recognition and in turn, to
generate huge revenue for the country,” she

Also, Moyosore Odugbesan said that
everything she had seen at the museum and
within the palace had complimented everything
she was taught in school.

” Truly seeing is believing, we can now relate
these things to our junior colleagues in school
to create the thirst in them to know more of
the linkages that exist between Ife and other
parts of the country.

” The museum is accommodating beautiful
aspects of our cultural heritage but they are
not well maintained.

” Government must ensure proper preservation
of these artefacts in the museum; the entire
museum galleries were stuffy, not conducive
at all and I feel such atmosphere is dangerous
for the artefacts,” she said.

Similarly,Mubarak Olaleye who hails from the
state but said she only had the opportunity to
do so through the tour session was amased at
the beautiful culture of the ancient city.

Olaleye had been exposed to the traditional
method used in tackling problems of infertility
in women, cultural practises in the olden day .

” I never knew that my state of origin is this
blessed and rich in culture until now, I look
forward to visiting more regularly because
there are lots of tourism assets to be tapped
here,” he said.

Sarah Owoka, a Social Worker student from
the institution said that the history behind the
ancient city and most of its deities were
Owoka said that the histories had helped
visitors to the sites to appreciate nature more.

She said that understanding different stages in
the process of technological advancement
exhibited at the museum was quite educating
and entertaining.

Dr Augustine Agugua, a lecturer in the
University and the course convener of the tour
said that the students were meant to
understudy the linkages existing between Ife
and other places in the country.

He said that the ancient city occupied
significant cultural linkages in the history of
Nigeria and Yoruba race.

According to him, these linkages can influence
or inform issues that border on cultural
renaissance in Nigeria and Africa.

” The tour was to enable the students
leavrage on maintenance of cultural links and

” Oyo, Benin, the Eastern and Western parts of
the country have linkages with Ife town; these
linkages are what we want the students to
understand in tackling their course in school
which has to do with inter group relations.

” It is a mind blowing tour, entertaining and
educating; the experience gathered here will
prompt us to organise another one soon which
will warrant the students to tour the city in
four days.

” Then, they will go on a tour of the Obafemi
Awolowo University (OAU) which is also a
tourist site on its own,” he said.

source:- www.vanguardngr.com/2019/05/144-unilag-students-explore-tourism-potential-of-ile-ife/

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