No, I am not talking about the falling of any rock that you know. Olumo Rock at Abeokuta has not fallen. It’s an unknown rock at Kajuru Town ìn Kaduna State Nigeria that I am referring to. In May 2018, I visited the Kajuru Castle in Kaduna with IRINAJO – a leading tour group. (If you are a Tourist visiting Nigeria, I highly recommend them. You may DM for further details). As part of the tour package, we went mountain hiking and totally had fun.

@bussyj_ @garba @aijayc hiking at Kajuru.

Garba our hiking guide was in front, followed by my other travel colleagues with Damola the CEO of IRINAJO_NG and I at the end of the trail. I made Damola stay with me at the rear because I was busy taking pictures and since I needed a human element in some of the pictures , he became my emergency model.

Damola- THE CEO OF @Irinajo_ng

However, what I didn’t tell him was that since I couldn’t climb as fast as the others, (Pls don’t let Damola know this) I was actually using the pictures as an excuse to catch my breath. (Winks) At the end of the hike, we noticed other mountains around so a decision was quickly reached to hike these mountains the next day.

Very early next morning I was up but my colleagues couldn’t join me because of other things that came up. So Garba and I had to do the hiking alone. Off we went chit chatting, with him telling me about his life, family, Kajuru town, just random stuff.

Garba, our Kajuru guide.

I was shown farms, different types of rocks, the mango plantation etc and as we came out of the plantation, there stood on the dusty/untarred road this huge rock . I asked him “why is this rock here in the middle of the road”? He answered “one night, we just heard a loud noise between 1and 2 am and every one was wondering what could have caused such loud earth shaking crash. Since there was no immediate outcry in the neighborhood so we left it at that till it was morning. This was when what happened was confirmed to all. That noise was caused by this huge rock you are seeing now” “But why hasn’t it been removed” I asked ? “It will be removed but for now, this is how it has been.

Garba standing in front of the fallen rock.

Suddenly he stopped and said, “see that”. (Pointing his finger). I asked “what”? “Can’t you see it” he repeated. “What I can see is rocks and some people coming from their farms” I replied. “Look well, there is a monkey on the rocks”. With his expert guidance I finally saw it. But before I could aim my camera, the Monkey scurried off into a cave .

” How did you spot it so easily” I asked him curiously. He told me “I grew up here. These rocks and stones were the only playground we had. Here you have to see what is around you before it sees you ….. I know the terrain Iike the back of my hand so if anything new shows up I will immediately recognise it” . He concluded.

I grew here…..I know the terrain like the back of my hands”.

Well let’s get back to our story. “No one was injured when the rock fell. But we had a problem in the morning. This rock was blocking the road such that those who went to their farms found it difficult to return and those who wanted to go couldn’t get to their farms. The space to my right is where we now pass. We all chipped in using shovels, pickaxes etc to create pathway you now see cars and people passing”.

The space to my right is where we now pass”.

I was touched by his story as it showed me how people in a community can come together and solve problems. We moved on from there and he showed me a cave just around the place the monkey had scurried off and entered into it beckoning to me to follow him. I told him I wasn’t entering the cave because I was tired/ had seen enough. The truth was I was scared we may encounter that monkey and I didn’t want to face it inside the cave or any other thing in there. He assured me it was safe and besides it was just a little monkey. I refused so we left the cave and he showed me other places of interest. I had great fun alone out there with him, taking shot after shot with my Nikon.

Then suddenly I realise my handkerchief was missing. “Ahmed, I must have dropped my hankie somewhere and I need to get it back” I reported to him. “We will find it if you can remember when or where you used it last”. I responded “in the Mango plantation but how can one find anything in that place”. He smiled. I understood him immediately.

Mango Plantation at Kajuru.

He knows the place like the back of his hands so anything new will be easily spotted. He was right as soon as we re-entered the plantation. Whilst I was busy looking round, Garba calmly pointed out the white hankie lying on the sea of brown leaves. You may wonder why the hankie was important to me. It’s because this hankie has been faithful to me in my journeys. Why should I abandon it now when it has served me well.

That’s it folks . So you know the rock I am referring to now.

Ahmed, if you ever get to read this, next time I am in Kajuru, wẹ will go into that cave. ( Should have entered it. My curiosity is still gnawing away at my heart. Should have, could have thoughts still bombard my mind every now and then).

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36 Comments

Keji · June 12, 2018 at 6:39 am

God is so great. Nature can be friendly when it rains and gives bountifub harvest and at the same time cause a lot of devastation with hurricanes, mud slides, tsunamis etc. Thank God no one was injured. Nice story. Awesome pictures. The Rock falling is mysterious sha. Thank God it fell at night.

    Ovyay · June 12, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Yes o, better in the night when the road was empty.

FUNMI AJALA · June 12, 2018 at 6:44 am

God is wonderful!!! Such a big mass of rock. Thank God no life was lost.

    Ovyay · June 12, 2018 at 6:52 am

    Amen O. Thanks. GD morning

Uranus Soji · June 12, 2018 at 6:53 am

Bishop, when is the next adventure?, can I join?

    Ovyay · June 12, 2018 at 6:58 am

    Ha Sir, in August I will be in Abuja heading towards Gurara waterfall and if possible go to Gembu in Plateau. You are welcome to come. I will send you Details when we are getting ready so you can plan ahead. It will be a good bonding time after all these years.

Damola · June 12, 2018 at 7:13 am

I deserve some accolades. I became an emergency model. 😂 Of course, I was really terrrible at it.
Awesome write up sir, and thanks for the vote of confidence. 🙌🏾

    Ovyay · June 12, 2018 at 7:22 am

    Haha, yes O, and you pose well. I said the truth about Irinajo. Great travel company🔝🔝🔝🔝

Tobe · June 12, 2018 at 7:39 am

What a wonderful Piece.

    Ovyay · June 12, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Thanks Tobe. I appreciate your comments.

Melodious Melody · June 12, 2018 at 8:16 am

Hmmm!! Nice but scary adventure.
If that size of rock can fall, then one has to be really careful around smaller ones.
Thank God no one was out there.
Our Awesome God made that possible.
Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece.

    Ovyay · June 12, 2018 at 8:20 am

    You are right. It’s still a danger as it is because someone not familiar with the place may run into it. Thanks Ma, or beloved Tsunamiii

Tunde · June 12, 2018 at 11:52 am

Wonders of nature we can’t explain as humans. When it comes to nature, God is wonderful. I have travelled far and wide in this country and I see the wonders of God.

    Ovyay · June 12, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Yes O Tunde, We have the same DNA in this matters. Hope someday you will document your experiences in this blog.

Yinka · June 12, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Reading between the lines, I can see someone who just found his passion. I won’t be surprised if one day major media org ask you to be their travel channel reporter. Very captivating and challenging for some of us to also explore our horizon. Keep it up.

    Ovyay · June 12, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Whoa, thanks Yinka . Your comment makes all the writing worth it. Truly, I love writing and traveling.

Vivian · June 12, 2018 at 3:15 pm

Even though I’ve not been to this place but I’ve just known much about it.All thanks to you dad

    Ovyay · June 12, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Vivian I am glad you found the blog post useful. Thanks so much for also commenting

Ijeoma · June 12, 2018 at 5:59 pm

I particularly liked the calm the scenery of Kajuru exudes. The early morning hiking was a joy for me. Now I understand why you were more focused on taking pictures during the hike. lol! Garba is a perfect and cheerful guide; always willing to share stories of Kajuru Castle and its environs.

    Ovyay · June 13, 2018 at 6:03 am

    Haha, wisdom is profitable to direct. I still wished you and Busola were with me that morning. You know it’s a bit more exciting taking the shots together than alone. Thanks for commenting

Sis Promise · June 12, 2018 at 6:41 pm

What a wonderful work of God. It fell when no one was around.Great indeed.

    Ovyay · June 13, 2018 at 6:00 am

    God is faithful Sis Promise

stylomedia · June 12, 2018 at 11:28 pm

i had a similar experience in the town called Ifeodan in Osun State, when a thunderstorm uproot a gigantic tree of almost years from the ground and turn it upside down with no one involve and i pass through that route when the rain start the incident occur 20 mins after. This write makes me to be more adventurous .

    Ovyay · June 13, 2018 at 6:00 am

    Lordside, thank God for your safety and that no one was hurt when the tree fell. We have to remain adventurous. No discouragement. I am making it a priority for us to see and talk anytime I am in Lagos again.

Tunde Olabisi · June 13, 2018 at 8:48 am

What a wonderful personal experience, exposure and adventure you have got daddy. I love rocks and I have seen giants of them in Edo State and Lokoja . Good post daddy.

    Ovyay · June 13, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Thanks Ebenezer.

Emmanuel · June 13, 2018 at 9:05 pm

Some rocks can be so beautiful that you will amazed how it was formed… I have seen some in zamfara and other part of the country… nice pictures . Nice adventure Daddy.

    Ovyay · June 14, 2018 at 7:07 am

    Thanks Emma Bazz. You should have taken some pictures nau.

Sweet · June 14, 2018 at 4:35 pm

This reminded me the first time I climbed rocks in Jigawa with some friends. Couldn’t get to the highest because of fear oh but I enjoyed it. Sometimes, I’ll pass and see goats on those rocks and I’ll ask myself what they’re doing there and how they got to the high rocks. It made me and some of my friends curious that we had to climb again, though with fear, but we did it.

    Ovyay · June 14, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    I love your persistence @sweet. You beat that thing. Kudos

Bunmi · June 14, 2018 at 7:09 pm

Beautiful piece of God’s creation, God is wonderful.

    Ovyay · June 14, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Yes He is. Amen ma

Esu Reuben · June 17, 2018 at 3:09 am

The day you called me and informed me of your trip to kajuru castle I felt jealous and wished you bag me in your travelling bag and transmit me kaduna at least and when you I saw those wonderful shots you took there I only imagined how it would have being if I was there with you shooting alongside. I can’t wait for an opportunity to be in this place and when I do I must find out what’s inside that cave. I know the fun I’d shooting with you or travelling with you it’s a privilege which I cherish with my life.

    Ovyay · June 17, 2018 at 4:32 am

    Comfygreys you know we always do our shooting together, but this trip wasn’t possible for us to do together. I understand the feeling. I know one day we will revisit Kajuru together the way we handled Jos and Bauchi and the mystery of that cave will be ended. More fun is coming for us.

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