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    Kasim Bilkisu

      Architecture is as old as people and tall buildings are a sign of the technological progress of a culture or a people. Babel had a tower, Egypt, a pyramid, and Kogi Odogo The name Odo-ogo is derived from two Igala words, Odo and Ogo. Odo means wall and Ogo means valley, pit, or hole.

      The building was made of local materials; like the mud used to build odo-ogo was mixed with palm oil and stones. It has survived all the perils of sun, rain, and wind and it still stands very strong, though some of the properties were replaced in 1995 because of the damage caused by the rain.

      Before the Europeans colonized Africa, the Igala Kingdom had an organized governance structure that included law, economy, security, entertainment, and many other aspects of the state. Igala security consists of the navy, army, and local police. As part of military tactics, one-storey buildings in Nigeria were built in ancient Idah centuries ago. These watch towers were built at Attah of Igala Palace to protect the four main points of the palace from enemies.

      It is well known that no enemy can freely invade the country of Idah or Igala without being detected from a distance. This tower is called Odo-ogo, meaning “wall of the deep valley”. At the top of the tower, Igala soldiers are planned to be stationed on top of the building to guard the area from enemy attacks.

      Odo-ogo tower was built during the reign of Abutu Eje, the Attah of Igala land after the palace was moved from Opuata to its present location near Ubiogba Rock. The peak of Odo-ogo serves as a watchtower and the first floor is used for special purposes in the palace. It is also a praying place where the Attah goes to pray for the peace of the land as well as the progress and good health of all the Igalas. As in ancient Egypt, the resting place of each Attah of Igala, joining his ancestors, is at the base of the tower.

      In what is now Idah State, the centuries-old security tower is now a sacred site, with access only to its vicinity to those other than those who tend the monument. Due to the population density and the expansion of the Idah area, it is no longer used for the original purpose of seeing the palace. Therefore, this model has been replaced by other security methods. It is one of the historical sites of Igala Kingdom and can be a tourist hub for Kogi State and Nigeria in general.

      Since the time of Abutu Ejeh, the entire building has remained intact for centuries, the roof and walls have withstood harsh climatic conditions over the years.

      When you visit the Attah Igala Palace, you can see the tower from afar.

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