Queen Bathsheba, the famed wealthy Queen who according to the holy book, came from a long distance to learn about wisdom from the wisest man, King Solomon, was believed to have traveled all the way from Nigeria. Myths have it that she died and was buried in Ogun state. Her name was believed to be Bilikisu Sungbo and was said to be a very powerful woman and super wealthy with kingdom extending all the way from part of Edo state to Epe area of Lagos state. She had slaves built high walls stretching throughout her kingdom, part of the wall is still believed to stand but now confined to the Eregbo heritage site. The story is not hard to believe, considering we’ve had powerful and remarkable women in the history of Nigeria including Queen Amina, Queen Moremi, Margaret Ekpo, Iyalode Efunsetan Aniwura, Queen Idia and more recently Dora Akunyili, Oby Ezekwesili and Folorunso Alakija.
My regular travel partner, Eghosa and I decided to check out Eregbo Heritage site out, so we set out from Surulere and headed to Epe
The direction is pretty much easy: drive all the way down the Lekki-Epe expressway, at the end of the express, you turn left, a right turn will lead you to the Epe town, which will not lead you to where we’re going. After the left turn, you drive till you see a tarred road to the right. Drive all the way down and make another left turn at the end of the road. At this point, drive down for some minutes and ask for directions.
We weren’t holding cash because we assumed we would see ATM when we get to our destination. Unfortunately, OYO was our case as there was no ATM around. We had to turn around and started the journey to Epe to use ATM and then headed back. (we already knocked ourselves, no need pointing out the foolishness, thank you).
So we got to the house of the curator, which was by the junction leading to the site. We found a youngman, apparently the older regular curator was not in town, so the youngman assumed the role.
He led us into the site, which was grown into a forest. He held a cutlass he was using to clear the path. Unfortunately the boy was a terrible curator as he really had little information to share. The fun was in the danger of the walk; we saw a huge snake and our man was going to pursue the snake, we had to calm him down. Then we encountered a nest of bees on our path and had to climb the steeply elevated wall to bypass the nest without disturbing the bees.
We left the site, Eghosa suggested we head off to Ijebu where Bathsheba was buried but I thought it wasn’t a trip we can make in one day as it was already way past midday. We were still looking for ways to spice up the trip when our guide decided there was a mystery stream somewhere.we got there and there was not much to it.
Last stop was Epe Resorts, it was a pretty much serene resort, perfect for conferences and quiet getaways. We went round, making general enquiries and then played table tennis while waiting for the food we ordered at their restaurants. It took a while but we didn’t really mind as the food was really good.
We finally left, but not before driving through Epe town, for more sight-seeing.
We hope to do more interesting tours and in case you want be part of any of the tours, please feel free to get in touch.