Bilikisu Sugbon’s grave is a sacred place where people come to from far and near places to pray and ask for anything they want. It is believed to be a prayer-answering place and a tourist center recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO). It is located in Oke-Eri, Ijebu-Ode.
Who is Bilikisu Sugbon?
Bilikisu Sugbon was said to be a legend queen who is most times being regarded as the queen of Sheba in the Bible.
History has it that she traveled from Ethiopia down to Ijebu-Ode where she later died and buried. Apart from the Biblical’s Queen of Sheba, people have strong believe that she is the same Queen Baliqis mentioned in the holy Quran. People also believe that she was the queen of Sheba which was said to have visited the wise King Solomon at the peak of his knowledge in the Bible.
The Bilikisu Sugbon’s sacred grave
After Bilikisu Sugbon had traveled down to Ijebu-Ode from Ethiopia, she died at Ijebu-Ode. The spot where she was buried was the grave-turned-shrine where people come from different places to pray. Her grave which turned to shrine is prohibited from women and dogs because of the monthly menstrual period of women and the unclean things dogs engage in. It is so because, to keep the place clean and holy all the time.
No grass can grow on an open place which was where she was washed before being buried because of her supernatural powers.
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