The Erin-Ijesha waterfalls (also known as Olumirin waterfalls) as a tourist center is located in Erin-Ijesha, a town in South-Western state in Nigeria, Osun state to be precise. The exact location of the waterfalls is in Oriade local government area, Osun state.
Historically, it was discovered in 1140 AD by one of Oduduwa’s granddaughter; Yeye Akinla, when the people of Ile-Ife were migrating to Erin-Ijesha after the death of Oduduwa. Akinla was also known to be the founder of Erin-Ijesha town. Initially, it was discovered by an hunter looking for what to kill (animal). The hunter ran to Yeye Akinla after seeing the waterfalls to let her know of the mysterious thing that he had seen saying ‘He had seen another god’. This was translated to Yoruba; ‘Nwon ni awon tiri Oluwa mirin’ which brought about the name “Olumirin”.
Yeye Akinla called on an Ifa priest to shed more light into what the hunter claimed to have found. It was then revealed that it wasn’t a god but the handwork of Eledua (God) in order to show His greatness to human being. Since then, the people see the waterfalls as a sacred way of purifying their souls and they also had a belief that the water is flowing out from a pot on top of the rock. Human sacrifices were made as instructed by the Ifa priest to be worshiping the river every year. This continued till Yeye Akinla died.
After the death of Yeye Akinla, her son became king and put an end to the use of human being as sacrifice and he used cows to replace human being. It continued until 1959 before oba Adeyinka Adeosun ascend the throne and put an end to everything.
VIEW OF ERIN-IJESHA
The Erin-Ijesha waterfalls has seven steps cascading through the seven phases of the rock and spread across to Ekiti state. This can be seen after getting to the fifth level. Each of the cascade flows in its thermal quality. Flowing through a narrow opening covered by tree trunks, another one flowing down from a 40 meters high cliff forming a pool downward.
Another fascinating aspect of Erin-Ijesha waterfalls is enclosed village at the top of the ridge which is called ‘Abake‘ village. One will need to journey for one hour before getting to this small village which the inhabitants claims to be in Effon Alaye in Ekiti. The economy of this village is base on farming and garri production (Cassava flakes). Most of the houses in this village are built with mud. The village is a nice place to visit if the government of the state can help in providing good and accessible road, electricity, good water system and some other infrastructural facilities.
Aside from the Abake village, the Osun state government needs to make the Erin-Ijesha waterfalls a standard tourist center by providing good road, tourist chalets, good power supply and so on. I think this will be more fascinating and more convenient for tourists. A trip to Osun state hasn’t complete without visiting the Olumirin waterfalls.