On Olumo Rock in Abeokuta, there are traditional markers commemorating warriors who fought to defend the Egba people.
Lisabi (pronounced Lishabi), was an Egba warlord and a great hero. He led the Egba people in war defending against Oyo Kingdom. First ones to win against the Oyo. Then people of the town betrayed him. He went to the Oba forest where the ground opened up and swallowed him. The chain he held is still there in the forest. Every year the people hold the Lisabi Day festival there.
Other warriors commemorated on Olumo Rock include: Alatshi, Shudeke, Lamodi, Ogunbono, and Okunkeno, who became the first king of Abeokuta.
Not commemorated there because she was a woman is the Amazon warrior Efuroye Tinanbu, Yalode of Egba.
Abeokuta means â€śunder rockâ€? where the Egba hid during the war. The rock also afforded an excellent view of the surrounding countryside, making it easier to defend the location.
Odun, as in the Odun River, has a variety of meanings, including â€śsweatâ€?, â€śironâ€?, etc.
An Olumo Rock guide named Praise Ademola Oladepupo (pictured just above) provided this information.