The King and I

Abeokuta Travel Blog

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sitting and grinnng back at the camera

A friend invited me to visit his state. He is from Ogun State, and we proceeded to go to the capital Abeokuta which means under the rock. It is almost an  hour away from Lagos. First, we visited a golf course of his friend and which was being renovated as aside from the golf course they are turning it to an all purpose vacation place complete with spas, man made lakes, children’s playground, horseback facilities and many others. The place was far from finished but you can see the potential already. I just knew it would be truly worth visiting again when everything is there.

 

In the town proper, you could see gigantic boulder of rocks practically everywhere.

smile!
My friend said that it is one of Abeokuta’s defining characteristics.

 

Next stop is the king’s palace. I was so excited, I was looking forward to seeing it first hand. I was imagining moat drawbridge, turrets, guards…the works…like that in a fairytale! Alas, it wasn’t to be, hahahah! When they showed me the new palace, I was a bit disappointed because the reality staring back at me was very different from my fantasies of what a palace should be. It like a modern structure, and from what I can see, it is one whole floor and apparently no dungeon either, but before we can actually set foot inside the palace, it was announced that all activities should be in another building which is the gym they said. So there, I didn’t really set foot inside the palace. Next to the palace, is the king’s chapel. He is a catholic and much as I would want to see the inside of the chapel, I could not because, again it was closed.

the man made lake behind me
I followed my friend to the gym, and there we waited for the king’s arrival. I heard the trumpet first signalling that the king is coming, and from my vantage view then, I saw an entourage, a man was holding what appears to be a chair, a beautiful chair for that matter, followed by one man  holding an umbrella to shield the king from the harsh sun. The chair was put down inside the gym, while all of us were standing and waiting for the king to enter the room. The king is right in front of me now, I can see him in all his majestic stance, with his beads and feathery hand sceptre like thing. All the people started chanting praises while I kept quiet because I don’t know what is it they are saying. Men and women lined up to greet the king, I also lined up because I have met the king before, and it is  just good manners to greet a king I supposed. He smiled when he saw, and asked me how am I doing. I actually wanted to take a picture but I dared not as he had his own official photographers. I had vision of them confiscating my digital camera so I prudently control my fingers from actually snapping the king’s face.
the man made lake inside the golf course

 

The king gave a message and officially opened the gym. Then he proceeded to hold a small meeting with his Chiefs, or so I am guessing as everyone there seemed to be a chief, well except for me of course. It didn’t take long before the meeting was finished and the king stood up and went back to the palace. The king was inviting everyone inside the palace, but my friend was worried that if we would still follow the king inside, it would be too late for us to travel back. So we kinda disobeyed the king and made a mad dash to the car, hahahah!

 

Anyways, it was almost 6pm, and my friend was in a hurry to get back to Lagos. They said there are other good places to visit but we could not visit then because it was late already.

 

It was such an interesting day. I hope next time, I would have more pictures of the palace.

 

marix_sublime says:
:) yes, pity i was scarydy cat to snap his pix, hahaha!
Posted on: Jul 21, 2009
seraphimkarlien says:
That sounds interesting indeed! I have a photo book of African Kings, look quite fascinating, can't even imagine meeting one of these in person.
Posted on: Jul 21, 2009
marix_sublime says:
hahaha! hindi nman kami naparusahan, buti nman. i wanted to snap his pix talga (the king, i mean), kaso skery looking un mga bantay nya e, me official photog sya, bka akalain, paparazzi ako, so hindi na ko maxado nangarir bilang photographer :)
Posted on: Jul 17, 2009
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sitting and grinnng back at the ca…
sitting and grinnng back at the c…
smile!
smile!
the man made lake behind me
the man made lake behind me
the man made lake inside the golf …
the man made lake inside the golf…
another view of the lake
another view of the lake
the chapel
the chapel
the old palace
the old palace
i dont really know what these are…
i don't really know what these ar…
adornment outside the old palace
adornment outside the old palace
Abeokuta
photo by: marix_sublime