To Ado-Awaye, Home of the Natural Iyake Suspended Lake, One of the Two in the World!

Our Kings

His Royal Majesty, Oba Revd Ademola Olugbile Folakanmi, Makuledoye II Soludero I, the Alado of Ado-Awaye Land, Paramount Traditional Ruler in the Land & Custodian of Culture, Tradition & Tourism Heritage.


His Royal Highness, Oba Amidu Okunkola, Bebekola II, Aga-Ebo IV, the Alawaye of Awaye.

A Photo of Ado Awaye Mountain, few minutes from Iseyin Town, in Oyo State, Nigeria
Ado Awaye Mountain, in Oyo State, Nigeria
Rich in history and culture, Ado – Awaye is quickly becoming the tourist’s paradise.

From its formation to its mountains and plains, everything in the ancient Ado – Awaye town in Oyo State is a wonder. Formed in 1500 AD.

A photo of Ishage rock standing without support at Ado Awaye tourist centre in Oyo State:Nigeria
It is a large elongated boulder of rock, balanced and standing upright on one of its small edges.
Ishage Rock is the bringer of rain for the Ado-Awaye people.

The fact that this boulder has not fallen off the steep mountainside remains a mystery to the Ado-Awaye people and tourists visiting the mountain. Whenever it doesn’t rain and rain is needed, the chief priest goes to the rock….

A photo of an Elephant shaped tree at Ado Awaye in Oyo State, Nigeria
A photo of the Elephant shaped tree
The root of a fallen tree which takes the form of the head and trunk of an elephant.

Hikers on the mountain are often tempted to climb the formation and sit on the ‘elephant’s head’ while posing for photos.

The footprint of the ancient/old ones that lived on the mountain (Ese awon agba), atop Ado-Awaye, in Oyo State, Nigeria
The footprint of the ancient/old ones that lived on the mountain (Esè àwon àgbà), atop Ado-Awaye, in Oyo State, Nigeria
Esè àwon àgbà, translates to “the footprint of the elders”.

It is a cluster of large “footprints” found all over the mountain. It is believed that the gods once walked over the mountain to protect the locals during the time the locals stayed up the mountain.

Brown roof tops view of Ado-Awaye community from the mountains at Ado-Awaye, Oyo State, Nigeria
Brown roof tops view of Ado-Awaye community from the mountains at Ado-Awaye, Oyo State, Nigeria

Want to visit Iyake Lake?

We have also curated a list of places you can find accommodation at when you visit us at Ado-Awaye.

We have guiding rules and regulations that we expect visitors to abide to, to ensure their safety and ours too!


  1. Alado of Ado-Awaye
  2. Alawaye of Awaye
  3. Alado in Council & the Palace Secretariat
  4. Alawaye in Council
  5. Chairman, Ado-Awaye Community Development
  6. Chairman, Araromi Local Council Development Area

To god be the glory,this year world Theatre day celebration was a total success.Hope to see you soon at our next children day celebration proposing to be organised toward promoting Ado-Awaye tourism heritage.

Visited Ado Awaye before? Support us in preserving and developing our heritage: https://ado-awaye.com/donations/support-heritage/

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Ado – Awaye Lake, now named Iyake Lake, is a geologic wonder and it is popular for its awe-inspiring beauty.

Iyake Lake is the only recognized suspended or hanging lake in Africa and one of the only two in the world, after the Hanging Lake in Colorado.

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