Ilorin, Kwara State
I lo i rin, a Yoruba meaning of the ‘Metal Sharpener’, is the capital of Kwara state was founded by the Yorubas in 1450.
It became a provincial military headquarters of the ancient Oyo Kingdom and later became a Northern Nigeria protectorate when Sheik Shehu Alimi, an Islamic preacher and teacher, took control of the city.
Kwara state is a tourist destination with a good road network, efficient security, convenient accommodation facilities, delicious restaurants, and incredible tourist sites.
The sites I visited were,
The Emir’s Palace, Ilorin
The central mosque
- University of Ilorin zoological garden
- Owu waterfalls
- The local weaving center
- Imoleboja Rock shelter
- The first National Museum in Nigeria (Esie Museum)