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Ogbunike Cave: Taboos and Traditions

Ogbunike (a town in Oyi Local Government) cave is located in Ogbunike in Anambra State, Nigeria. The features of this cave have immensely caught the attention of different people in Nigeria and in the diaspora.

It is not doubtful that Nigeria offers a wide variety of tourist attractions such as extended and roomy river and ocean beaches ideal for swimming and other water sports, unique wildlife, vast tracts of unspoiled nature ranging from tropical forests, magnificent waterfalls (1)

Features of the Cave

The cave has several chambers but tourists can only access three-four chambers depending on their strength. The Ogbunike caves are actually a system of many caves linked together by small tunnels and passages. They take their name from ‘Ogbunike’, a town in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State, where they are situated (2).

the largest chamber of the cave and its main entrance
image not from Tadexprof

The appalling nature of the cave has made several people lose interest in visiting the cave. As affirmed by afrotourism, the Ogbunike Cave is dark, eerie, and not a place for the faint-hearted.


The cave is a destination to tick off on a bucket list for the adventurous traveller. There are 316 steps leading to the cave. The main cave consists of a massive structure with a big open chamber of about 5 meters high, 10 meters wide, and 30 meters long at the entrance.

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 interconnected. Bats of various species and sizes are also inhabitants of the cave. Notably, it is believed that women in their menstrual period cannot visit the cave, and also shoes are to be taken off before entering the cave.

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Tadese Faforiji

I am Tadese Faforiji, a history student of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State- 21st-century University, properly called. I am a blogger and an avid writer.