Ogbeni, Please spare the ‘bush meat’


For travelers and tourists familiar with the Gbongan Junction on the road from Ibadan to Ife, it is a major refreshment resort in Osun State. However, it may be time to say goodbye to the ‘bush meat’ delicacies for which the place is known. The local council has, however, marked the makeshift structures dotting the travellers’ ‘resort’ for demolition, on the orders of the state government. The resort is very familiar to travelers on account of its spicy ‘bush meat’ and tasty traditional Yoruba food. But with the demolition, travelers may well look elsewhere to get the delicacy.

Perhaps better than any resort, restaurant or hotel, travelers are more familiar with the eating joint. So much so that an American expatriate recently finished building a mosque in the place for travelers who may wish to observe the salat, that is the Moslem prayers before proceeding on their journey.

By notice of the demolition order, signed by authorities of Ayedaade Local Government council, the demolition is meant to pave way for the construction of Oluokun Memorial Park.

But operators and many patrons of the resort have since been reacting angrily to the plan. According to some of the operators in the place, demolishing the resort is ill – advised because, according to them the place is a convenient food and recreation point for travelers journeying to East and the North. “This place is one of the few stop point with great traditions that travelers speak about,” said one of the restauranteurs in the area. As it is now only the Osun State governor Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola can reverse the demolition order.