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5 Interesting Facts About Bilikisu Sungbo’s Shrine In Ogun State

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One of the notable religious places in Ogun State is the Bilikisu Sungbo’s Shrine. It is located in Ijebu-Ode town, Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria.

The site has the Sungbo’s Eredo which is a system of defensive walls and ditches that were built in honour of an Ijebu noblewoman known as Oloye Bilikisu Sungbo.

The ancient Sungbo’s wall

This tourist site is on Nigeria’s tentative list of potential UNESCO world heritage sites along with the likes of the Osun-Oshogbo sacred groove and others.

Here are 5 Interesting Facts About Sungbo’s Eredo In Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State;

  1. Legends of the contemporary Ijebu people of Ogun State link the Eredo to a fabled wealthy and childless widow named Bilikisu Sungbo. She was believed to be connected with Queen of Sheba mentioned in the Holy Bible and Quran.
  2. Her grave is believed to be located in Oke-Eiri, a town in a Muslim area just north of the Eredo where some Christian, Muslim and African traditionalists make a pilgrimage location. They trek anually to this site to pay tribute to Bilikisu Sungbo.
  3. The Eredo consists of a ditch which forms an uneven ring around the area of the ancient Ijebu Kingdom, an area approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) wide in north–south, with the walls flanked by trees and other vegetation, turning the ditch into a green tunnel.
  4. The Eredo served a defensive purpose when it was built in 800–1000 AD, a period of political confrontation and consolidation in the southern Nigerian rainforest.
  5. It is believed that the Eredo was a means of unifying an area of diverse communities into a single kingdom.

Also Read: Things To Know About Egba People Of Ogun State

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