Ikom Monoliths
Ikom Monoliths
Ikom Monoliths
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Monument
Things to do at Ikom Monoliths

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Drink, Eat, Explore nature, Meet friends, Relaxation, Sightseeing,

History of Ikom Monoliths

This was built in 200AD - 1850AD. It is notable as Nigeria's Stonehedge

  • The body of inscriptions on the 300 monoliths of Ikom is a lost form of writing

  • Professor Catherine Acholonu conducted a research on the monoliths and published her work in the book; The Gram Code of African Adam in 2008

Built in 200AD - 1850AD.

Called Akwanshi or Atal or Alaptal by the locals, the Ikom Monoliths are a series of volcanic stone structures numbering about 350, phallic in form and distributed among over 30 communities in Ikom

Safety/Security

This is a very safe location.

What To Bring

Before heading to Ikom Monoliths, here are some helpful things to take along with you:

  • A camera to capture and appreciate the stones

Things to do while at Ikom Monoliths

These are the following things you can do while you're here:

  • Hike along the communties and view the monoliths

  • Visit the community during their annual festivals and experience the local awe and respect they have for the monoliths

Best Features

It gives a rich history of the ancient dwellers of the place. According to the locals and oral history, each monolith and stone represents an ancestor. It is said that it was the ancestors of Ekoi people that put the stones where they are.

Writer's Review

During some important annual festivals like the New Yam Festival of Ikom, there are ritual ‘dressing’ of the monoliths in symbolic colors and the stones are decorated with chalk and palm leaves.

  • The Stone Monoliths of Ikom - AllAfrica, Feb 20, 2014

  • One stone seems to guard the next one - A guide to me


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