We stepped a little bit out of our comfort zone to have a feeling of what the sea life looks like. Our notepad got exhausted at the avalanche of discoveries and findings we got from the Ilaje Local Government Area in Ondo. Ilaje has an area of 1,318 km2 and a population of about 290,615 at the census of 2006. We cannot but wonder at the adaptive nature of these people to their aquatic environment. Young children within the age range of 7 to 10 paddle their own canoes to school, the water that serves as road is the same water for bathing, laundry, swimming and fishing. Despite the harsh environmental conditions, smiles were not scarce from their faces. Their occupational activities include fishing, canoe making, lumbering, net making, mat making, farming and trading. Ilaje is enriched with natural economic potential such as petroleum and bitumen and a unique centre for tourism but in the midst of all the abundance in the land, the people of the land are being paid less attention. In an interview we had with the Chairman of Fishermen Association of Ayetoro, he said oil exploration is killing the fishes in the sea which has hampered the profitability of the fishing business, he further explains that flood is destroying their houses and schools which has left many homeless and clueless . In his own words, he said “in the next 12 months, if the government fails to come to our rescue, where we are standing now will be taken over by waters from the sea”. At this point we sighed at the impending danger that awaits this full potentiated area if we fold our arms and we also rejoiced at the possibility of greatness we can achieve if we can come together as individuals, corporate bodies, and government parastatals to answer the call of this people. Greatness is achievable if we have great minds. See pictures below:
The true definition of nature cannot be read but felt. The green team visited one of the worlds heritage site named by UNESCO; Idanre hill. The magical Idanre hill is located in Idanre town of Southwestern Nigeria, Ondo state. Time was not enough to explore the depth of beauty embodied in this beautiful hill and assemblage of natural architecture. From the natural landscapes to the cultural sites such as Owa’s Palace, Old Court, Thunder water (Omi Apaara) and so many others. After the 660 giant energy sapping steps we took to get to the of top the hill, words went into hiding to express the massive light of beauty that beamed into our faces, we were in practical awe at the audacious beauty of nature. Trust us, cameras started clicking as we take different selfie poses with nature. A big thanks to our tour guard who reminded us of the time because we already lost consciousness of our wrist watches. Nature speaks, only a green ear can hear. Visit a beautiful place someday and you will love the experience.