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Shirines . 02 May 2017 .

Sungbo Eredo

Oke Eri near Ijebu Ode, off the Ijebu-Ode/Ibadan Road.
Sungbo Eredo was established in the 10th century, Built by Bilikisu Sungbo (the locals claim she is the fabled biblical Queen Sheba and koranic Bilqis) in the 10th century.
Essentially, it is a moat with an earth wall alongside it. A 100-mile-long wall forming a rough circle enclosing roughly 400 square miles, whose construction began a millennium ago, this is one of the largest monuments in sub-Saharan Africa

Notable As

the largest known ancient man-made structure in sub-Saharan Africa

Historical Incidence

["This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on 1 November 1995 in the Cultural category","In September 1999, a British archaeologist, Dr. Patrick Darling of Bournemouth University publicized his findings which popularized the ancient monument"]

What To Bring

["Hiking boots","A map","Camera"]

Quote About Place

["Eredo Journal; A Wall, a Moat, Behold! A Lost Yoruba Kingdom - New York Times, Sept 20, 1999","What is exciting about this for me is that we are beginning to bring out the tremendous political and cultural achievements of black Africa - Dr Patrick Darling of Bournemouth University"]

Safety Tips

["ensure you go along with a local guide","and be prepared for insects and other animals as it is a rainforest"]

Things To Do

["Visit the locals and learn their history from them","Take a hike in the rain-forest and view the monument"]

Why Was It Built?

as a monument to Sungbo and as a spiritual fortification round an ancient Kingdom

Type Of People Who Visit

It is frequented by archaeologists, adventurers, traditional worshipers and adventurers.

Reason For Loving Place

This outstanding monument is a rampart or system of walls and ditches. Its vertical sided ditches of hardened laterite (natural soil mixture of clay and iron-oxides) show how the ditch profiles were originally dug. Together with the bank of spoil heaped up on the inner side, the combined height can be as much as 20 metres. Trees above this gigantic ditch help protect its sides from the forces of nature. The grave of Bilikisu is located in Oke-Eiri inside Sungbo's Eredo. It is an important site of pilgrimage among the locals.

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