of virgin land, farms and
bush. It is lavishly landscaped to produce exquisite
environment. The beauty of the land is enhanced by artworks spiced
all over the place.
The Wonderland has a
museum called a Garden of Fame and Heroes. The museum conveys the
mood of sadness and homesickness as it is stocked with bronze
statues of our heroes. The statue of Igbenedion, the owner of Okada
Wonderland welcomes the visitor. Also the statues of other
prominent Nigerians living and death dotted the beautiful arena.
The Okada Baptist Church which seats about three thousand
worshippers is a magnificent to behold. The walls are neatly
adorned with pictures while the outer walls adorned with bronze
works showing the scene of nativity , the three wise men from the
East offering gifts of frankincense, gold and myrrh to the Lord
Jesus Christ, another depicting the limp body of Jesus Christ and
also the scene of Atonement.
The wonderland resort has
a six-court tennis complex with assorted restaurants for foods. The
facilities for kids especially the Okada space astronauts made of
plastic and swollen blower, many residential bungalows painted with
the colour of milk, all glistering in the sun.
Okada Wonderland is an
escape from the chaotic urban life, a romance with nature and a
hiding place for fun seekers who want to savour historical
artifacts of the ancient Benin Kingdom.
The Wonderland is in the
heart of Okada village in Ovia Local Government of Edo State. The
resort is a thirty minutes drive from Benin and is sandwiched
between the thick forests along Benin- Ore Expressway.
The village was founded by
Ikaladerhan, the banished son of Ogiso, which was many years a
rustic village. The Esama of Benin, Gabriel Igbenedion has
transformed it to the envy of its neighbours.
The village enjoys pipe
borne water, a secondary school, a police barracks, a civic hall,
banking facilities as well as a customary court. The village also
has a 300-bed specialist hospital, a post office and many more
The sleepy village of
Okada is a hybrid of the old and the new. The old mud houses of the
villagers have their front plastered with cement while those built
by Igbenedion are a beauty to behold. The modern architectural and
magnificent edifices are truly a mirror in the sun. Though, these
impressive buildings have little effect on the life of the village,
as unkempt children run and play all over the place while women dry
pepper or cocoa beans in the sun and the men seen playing draught
to while away the time.
During the night, young
men visit the Wonderland Hotel, truly their own wonderland, a run
down affair built of mud and cement, the major attractions seemed
to be loud music and girls dressed in beach wears.
Life in Okada Wonderland
is predominantly human. It enjoys the rut of the unusual, a theatre
where the community displayed their dramatic skills and every day
village life. Some of the bungalows located at the un-reclaimed
areas are in very bad shape. A large sculptured angels praying
outside the Baptist Church is a master-piece of artwork.
The shopping centre is
another glistening complex. It displayed many wares ranging from
consumables items to decorated calabashes and the swimming pool is
an Olympic size paved with marbles.
The head of Queen Idia,
the symbol of Okada Group which adorned the centre of the
Wonderland is well in place. This is a dream place to go and
recreate away from the bustle and hustle of the city
You can wander into the
thick and dark forest for hunting adventure.