Inside Ogbunike Caves- a hideout from slave hunters.

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Ogbunike-Cave

Here is Ogba Ogbunike is known to the locals for a for quite a while.  It was utilized as a hide-out from slave seekers. Located in the mid-west region of Nigeria, close to Onitsha and the Niger River, an area where Africans avoided the slave raiding parties during the African holocaust period.

The cave consists of a network of chambers, crawls and tunnels on two levels.

According to oral tradition of the Igbo, there was a god called Ogba who lived inside the cave in the middle of a large rock. Despite the opaque nature of the rock, he was an all-seeing spirit who could detect crimes, especially, theft. When someone was accused of some sort of crime, he could prove he was innocent by entering the cave. The guilty ones never returned alive.

Among the locals the town is called Ogbunike, and the cave is called Ogba, like the god. However, the English name used by the tourists is Ogbunike cave.

The rainforest encompassing them is home to crocodiles, snakes, antelope, deer and porcupine. There is a great waterfall at the northwest end of the hollows.

There are ten tunnels at the main chamber leading to different directions. Within the tunnels are big chambers and other tunnels of varying lengths, some of which are inter connected. The caves are occupied by a large colony of bats of various sizes.

There are streams and body of water at various places. A stream flows out from one of the tunnels into a rapid flowing river (River Nkissa). At the meeting point of the river and the stream one can feel the warm water from the caves and the cold river water. Beside this portion of the river is a tableland of about 5 X 5 square meters used as a relaxation spot by visitors to the caves.

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