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Beautiful Nigeria: Idanre Hill, Ondo State

Oke Idanre hill consists of high plain with spectacular valleys interspersed with inselbergs of about 3,000 ft above sea level.

It also has diverse and variegated eco-systems of flora and fauna.

Oke Idanre contains very important bio-physical and land form features whose interaction with the physical features created an enduring cultural landscape within the setting.

Idanre hill is one of the most awesome and beautiful natural landscapes in Ondo State and Nigeria.

Added to its beauty which fires human curiosity is the fact that the entire people of Idanre lived on these boulders for almost a millennium.

Since emigration down hill in 1923, the topography, vegetation as well as the fauna and floral life have remained undistributed.

There is a special species of tailless animal called Hyrax that lives on the rocks which because of hunting are becoming extinct and there are special monkeys sported near Orosun hills.

The hill is also plays host to a group of scientists and field researchers.

The site is home to a group of bats and the people hold a unique festival of bats every year.

The hill is being used by filmmakers as location for many of their films.

In addition, the one and only Noble Prize Winner for Literature in Africa Professor Wole Soyinka wrote his longest poem titled “Idanre and other Poems”.

Most settlements in Nigeria have, by nature and tradition, been around or attached to groves and hills.

Majority of these groves and hills have either been abandoned or are now limited to very small areas.

Idanre hill, however, like Dala hill in Kano North West Nigeria has retained its qualities as the central moderating influence of the settlement pattern of Idanre people.

Like Dala hill which started as an iron ore prospecting settlement and provided the foundation for the growth of Kano city, Idanre hill forms the nucleus for the peopling Idanre .

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