Last weekend was so eventful. Myself and other members of Great Achievers’ Club did an excursion to the monument called “Idanre Hill” in the present day Ondo State, Nigeria.

Our visit blew my mind, I thought of writing an article based on the lessons I learnt from climbing the hill. I hope you can also use the lessons learnt in improving your personal life and others. Happy reading!

The Idanre Hill, or Oke Idanre is located in the Ondo State of southwestern Nigeria.The hill of Idanre includes such cultural sites as “Owa’s Palace, Shrines, Old Court, Belfry, Agbooogun foot print, thunder water (Omi Apaara) and burial mounds and grounds”.[1] It resides 3000 ft above sea level and houses a unique ecosystem upon which the culturalAroAro landscape has inteAroArograted. On getting to the entrance of the hill you will see a great tree at the entrance of the accient city of idanre called the IRAYE TREE, then you can now get prepared to take the steps to the great city beyond the hills of idanre.(

Climbing Idanre Hill to the top involves 662 stair-like steps which is a strerous task that scared tourists a way. According to our Tourist guide, Tolu who took us around historical site on the hills. He told us the hills home the residents for centuries before the they decided to relocate to settle down at the valley on the hills. He said the residents decided to “come down” to the valley in 1928.

From another source, Baba Ori-Oke told us that Idanre used to be called “Ife Oke” before their relocation and its derived its “new name”, Idanre which can be translated or literally means “This is magic”.

The following are the lessons I learnt from climbing the Idanre Hill viz:

1) Team Spirit
2) Believing in Yourself
3) Tenacity
4) Motivating and Inspiring others
5) My fears
6) Procrastination failed
7) Being a Coach
8) Fun
9) Helicopter view
10) Resting bay
11) Climax

I discovered climbing the Hills could have been a strerous pursiut for individual who comes personally to catch fun. For me and other club members who teamed-up to form a group. Team spirit really help us to overcome some hurdles in the course of our exploration on the hill.

Climbing the hill could have been an heacleanian task by mere sighting the gigantic monument which at the top measured to be 5okm and cannot be explored in a day but for 3 days.

When we are welcome to the entrance of the hill, I had a personal goal. My personal goal is to get to the top of the hill irrespective of the challenges I encounter on my way up.

Tenacity is been Tenacious. Tenacious is holding together; cohesive; not easily pulled asunder; tough. Being tenacious, helped me to the top despite the discouragement from my inner mind that almost stop me for pursuing one of my life dream.

I motivated and inspired one of my friend and a club to make it to the top of the hill despite his pessimist nature. My friend, said he would just do 100 steps out of 662 steps and return to the valley.

I gave him hope and inspired him that he can do it and to my amazement, my friend made it to the top of the rock before me.

My fears doesn’t come to pass about the bodily pain and fatigue I may suffer after climbing the 662 steps and walking on top of the hill. After the climbing and returning to the valley that housed the Idanre township.

Today is the third day after the excursion to the great hill, No skin pain!

Procrastination failed to hold me back.We as individuals deals with procrastination in our everyday lives. Some people may argue that they don’t procrastinate in their lives but one way or the other unknown to them.

I would’ve procrastinate by giving my friends excuse like” can’t we make the next time instead of now?”,

A friend whose Mother came Idanre nearly gave me some procrastinating excuse like” we cannot make to the top of the hill”, due to time constrain and other stuffs. I listen to him but follow my mind!

I became a life coach, when we all got to the top of the hill by teaching my fellow members real life experience from climbing the hill to the top and I implore them to always remember that despite all odd they made it.

8) FUN
In everything you do in life always have fun doing it. Having fun helped me and others to achieve greatness.

Helicoper view is a term mostly in the field of Human Resource Management. Helicopter view means a general oveview of sometime.

Been on the hill-top gave us helicopter view of the ancient city and the inhabitants.

The Management of the tourist created a resting bay for people who to relax from climbing the hill.

In application to real-life issues, there is always a resting bay for you to relax and reignite your drive for excellence.


At last,we came down to the valley of the hill and now you are the valley of the article.


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Akeem Gbadamosi, M.Sc Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management.