Tourism

137-YEAR-OLD CUSTODIAN OF OLUMO ROCK DEITY DIES

The custodian of Olumo Rock deity, Mama Sinatu Sanni recently passed away on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at the age of 137.

Also known as the mother goddess of the tourist centre, Mama Sanni had become another attraction of a sort to tourists for many years as she furnished people with peculiar information about the popular Olumo Rock. She lived in one of the enclaves under the rock for more than 40 years where she served the gods of the rock.

According to her son, Solomon Adio, Mama died after a brief illness at her Itoko residence in Abeokuta area of Ogun State.

This was a few months before her 138th birthday.

Egba people revere the Olumo Rock for the natural refuge it created for them during the 19th-Century inter-tribal war. It is widely believed that the rock, which is being worshipped by traditionalists in Abeokuta, is inhabited by spirits.

The rock has also become an attraction to tourists both within and outside Abeokuta.

The Olumo Rock was said to have saved the Egba people from their adversaries, thereby becoming an attraction to many tourists across the world visiting Abeokuta, in Ogun State.

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