My first visit to Ekiti State – Achugo Osas
I have always wanted to visit Ekiti state someday when I was growing up but come 2013 it was a dream come true for me.
I love natural sites and always want to be close to nature even as a kid growing up. Raised in an army barracks in Edo state with my both parents still serving in the Nigerian military.
During my stay in the barracks, I had a very good friend, Olubayo who is decent of Ekiti state. He told me a lot about the rocks and Valley for which the state is known for. Due to the lovely things I have heard about the states and its neighborhood my mind was set for a visit in the nearest future.
Come 2013 after I struggled in an attempt to secure admission into tertiary institutions in various universities in southern and eastern Nigerian, I have no choice than looking towards the Western Region. Then I knew my time and a chance to visit my dream Yoruba land has come.
My choice of the institution was FUOYE which was one of the then newly established federal universities built by Ex. President Ebele Jonathan. FUOYE is located in Ekiti State with the act of State facilities.
After selecting them as one of my choices of institutions, I never knew I will have to go down to the school environment before I can access the application form.
Though when I later knew I only had to travel there, I was very much happy at least with the thought of me finally going to visit the rocky state without undermining the extra cost to my pocket.
In the early hours of one Thursday morning, I set out for the journey to a place I have never been to before. Instead of being curious as a supposed stranger rather I was anticipating the fun I instead of having and probably see new friends who will be glad and interested in hiking.
With this plenty of thought, I boarded a bus traveling Ondo and Ekiti states. We left the park at about 11:56 am. The journey began, as soon as we approached Ondo state, I began to see all the beauties I have ever imagine regarding the tall trees and rocks looking like historical art.
We finally arrived Ekiti in safety at 4:25 pm. Now I was more skeptical about me being a novice and new to the state. I became more concerned about my bag and the location of the university. I took a taxi that drove me to the institution’s administrative gate.
Immediate I was attended to and got me registered for the post UTME. Now my thought immediately moved back to seeing rocks and having good eyesight. I took a taxi back to the capital city, Ado.
A new set of worries were over me this time as my thought hit harder because I don’t know anyone in the city and I couldn’t interact fluently because I don’t understand the Yoruba language.
After much struggle as a stranger, I met a good Samaritan who gave me a place to pass the night before traveling back to Benin the next day with an Android phone feed with pictures of natural sites to admire.