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Osun-Osogbo

The pick of Nigeria's tourist attractions, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove holds a deeply special place in the hearts and minds of the Yoruba people, and will delight visitors to Nigeria looking to experience some of the country's indigenous culture. Located on the outskirts of the city of Osogbo, in one of the last remaining areas of prime forest in southern Nigeria, the grove is said to be the home of Osun, the Yoruba goddess of fertility. In addition to a gorgeous meandering river surrounded by fecund forest, visitors will see numerous shrines and sanctuaries that have been built in honour of Osun; including some stirring sculptures done by Austrian national Suzanne Wenger, who lived in the area in the 1950s and earned herself the local name Aduni Olosa ('the Adored One'). If at all possible, time your visit to coincide with the Osun-Osogbo Festival (late July to August), a 12-day celebration of significant cultural interest, where thousands of locals congregate to invoke ancestral spirits and to rededicate their energies to living in harmony with the deity Osun.

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Language

English is the official language in Nigeria and is widely used, though many other languages are also spoken.

Money

Nigerian currency is the Naira (NGN), which is divided into 100 kobo. Approved exchange facilities include the major hotels and the airport, but official rates are very high. It is illegal to change money on the street. Credit card fraud is a problem and visitors are advised against the use of credit cards throughout the country. Credit card facilities are also limited. Facilities for changing travellers cheques are also very limited. Prior to travel, visitors should ensure they have a variety of currency options available to them (Sterling, US dollars or Euros) in cash. Travellers should be aware of the prevalence of commercial fraud in, and emanating from, Nigeria.

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