I realised towards the end of last year that I had visited not more than five (5) states in Nigeria; hence, my excitement when asked to go to Ekiti. Truth is Ekiti is not your usual modernised city. Its mostly ancient but still beautiful and unique in its own way. Here are a few interesting facts about the state and things I observed and tried.
- Everyone speaks Yoruba and they expect you to! It almost feels like you are in a different country where Yoruba is the Lingua-Franca. I had people walk up to me speaking Yoruba straight up without considering the fact that I may not be Yoruba. At some point I just pretended I understood not wanting to feel to out of place.
- The city is surrounded with beautiful hills and known for having a legendary spring where hot and cold water meet at a point. This is a sight you shouldn’t miss if visiting Ekiti for tourism. It is located in Okogosi, Ekiti state and is about an hour’s drive from town (Ado-Ekiti).
- Bole and groundnut is a thing guys! I never knew you could eat Bole and groundnut the same way people eat banana and groundnut. Interesting. You actually wouldn’t find Bole stands with sauce the way you do in the north and south of Nigeria. Its all Bole and roasted groundnut. Tried the combo and must say it wasn’t bad at all.
- Learnt Ekiti state is the ‘land of Petition’ and at some point had the most professors in Nigeria. Thus, the people know their rights and are largely educated.
- Ekiti people love to greet. I actually remember a lady greeting on and on and had to take a breath at some point. Not too surprised though since its common knowledge, that such show of respect is upheld amongst Yoruba’s.
Owowo; A snack of coconut and peeled boiled corn.
- It is the land of Pounded Yam. I can earnestly say I tasted the best pounded yam there so far! They normally have pounded yam with Isapa or vegetable soup. Sadly, I could not try the Isapa soup as it was not the season at my point of visit.