Have you seen the Alok Ikom Stone Monoliths in Nigeria? It’s pretty awesome!

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Alok Ikom Stone Monoliths are often referred to as the Stonehenge of Western Africa. It is a sight to behold and a must-visit!

Located in the town of Ikom, Nigeria, the Alok Ikom Stone Monoliths is one of the top attractions of Nigeria. The town of Ikom is local government area of Cross River State in Nigeria. It is about 471.5 kilometers form Abuja, the capital city of the country. The nearest aiport to Ikom is the Margaret Ekpo International Airport located in Calabar, Nigeria.  It is served by domestic carriers which link the city to Lagos and Abuja where there are international flights. Calabar is about 214 kilometers from Ikom. The travel might be a little tedious, long, and tiring but as soon as you set your sights on the Alok Ikom Stone Monoliths, all your aches and pains caused by a long land travel will be forgotten.

The Alok Ikom Stone Monoliths are 300 carved upright stones dating back to 200 and 1850 AD, measuring between one to two meters. Most of them are grouped in circles facing each other and can be found in the village center or in the Alok and Agba community elders meeting places. Some are situated in areas of uncultivated forest outside the villages. Undeciphered texts carved on the images are believed to be a prehistoric form of communication about the history of its first settlers. The carvings features human physical traits such a head crowned with rings,  various shape of facial marks, two eyes, an open mouth, nose, a pointed beard, a marked navel,  and two hands with five fingers. Most of them are carved in hard, medium-textured basaltic rock, while the rest are carved in sandstone and shelly limestone.

Experts have not solved history and message of the Alok Ikom Stone Monoliths. Although the Nigerian government together with charitable organizations is bent on preserving these national treasures, you must take the road less traveled and visit Alok Ikom Stone Monoliths before nature takes its course. Consult your travel agent for more details.


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