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    Grace Amos

      Talking about waterfalls and their wonders, Africa is vastly blessed with such natural wonders. In West Africa Nigeria, the number of waterfalls present in the country is one to be wowed at. In this article, we will look at the beautiful waterfalls located in the southwestern part of Nigeria.


      Also known as Olumirin Waterfalls, the Erin-Ijesha Waterfalls is located in Erin-Ijesha, in Oriade Local government area of Osun State. According to the ancestral history, the waterfall was founded by the great Akinla who was the first daughter and princess of Oduduwa, the father of the Yorubas.

      Akinla was the one who named the waterfall Olumirin which means – Oluwa mirin – ‘another god’, because it seemed it had the appearance of a mysterious figure. However, according to another source, the waterfall was discovered by hunters in 1140 AD. The waterfall has seven levels on top of which the village Abake is located. Abake village shared boundaries with Efon-Alaaye in Ekiti State.

      Indigenes at the time, regarded the waterfall as a sacred site and a means of purifying their souls. Formerly, the people celebrated festivals and performed sacrifices in honor of the waterfall. The Erin-Ijesha Waterfalls have currently become a point of tourist attraction in Oriade town. It is a popular excursion point for schools around the neighborhood.

      As a region of southwestern Nigeria, Erin-ijesa experiences hot, dry seasons that alternate with warm, humid ones. Temperatures in the atmosphere are just in the 30-34 C range, and the annual rainfall is typically 1500 cm.



      This natural wonder is called Ooowu by the locals. The Owu Waterfall is in the Owa Kajola Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State. The Owu Falls is described as the highest and most spectacular waterfall in West Africa with a staggering 120-meters height above sea level. The waterfall runs 330 feet down a rocky escarpment that gives a beautiful view to visitors and tourists. It also has a 10-meter-high smaller waterfall close to the main waterfall that runs into a pool of ice-cold water below, where visitors are allowed to swim and relax.

      The waterfall is sometimes referred to as a “wonder in the wilderness” because it responds to voices when you scream “Oowu”. According to the story told, the louder you shout, the more immense the loudness of the water and the crazier the downpour becomes.


      Arinta Fall is another beauty to behold in Ekiti. Although not as popular as the Erin-Ijesha Fall, Arinta sure has its attractiveness and uniqueness. It is located in the peaceful and serene Ipole Iloro village in Ekiti West Local government, Nigeria. The aesthetics of the beautiful landscape, lush vegetation, rugged hills, flowing streams, and gigantic rocks would leave one in awe. Arinta Waterfall is one of the undervalued tourist attractions in Nigeria.

      Arinta Waterfall has seven different cascades, with each having its unique features; though most tourists usually end up on the second level. Tourists could feel the cold effect of the fall from about 10 meters away. One of the seven cascades of the waterfall has a cobblestone called the “wonderful stone”. The water that plunges out of the fall is believed to have medicinal value to cure skin diseases. However, unlike Erin-Ijesha Fall, the waterfall is not regarded as a deity.

      It is a hot spot for hiking, mountaineering, and also organizing picnics and get-togethers for gatherings, bush trailing, relaxation, and many more.


      In a thick forest located in Oke-Ila Orangun Ifedayo local government is where Ayinkunugba Waterfall sits. It is a wonderful work of nature that has a beautiful landscape of mountains, caves, and trees. According to custodians, Ayinkunugba was discovered by a hunter called “Alaba” who went out hunting and shot a strange animal. The hunter couldn’t find the shot animal instead found the waterfalls and named it Ayinkunugba meaning – ‘where an animal Nugba, rolled and died’.

      Ayinkunugba isn’t as popular as Olumirin however, it sure has its own unique features. It also does not enjoy the patronage experienced in Erin-Ijesha. The 80-meter-high waterfall has been further listed by the Osun government as a viable tourist destination with a view of developing and turning it to a source of revenue.


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