Arochukwu Waterfall, locally known as “Ogba N’ Nkume,” stands as a mesmerizing natural wonder behind Arochukwu Stadium, blending captivating visuals with soothing sounds. Its symphony of rushing waters over narrow surfaces, uniting stones before gently descending into a serene pool, creates an invigorating auditory experience. Managed by locals from Arochukwu Kingdom and neighboring communities, it attracts visitors from far and wide.
Accessed via a challenging forest trail, the waterfall rewards intrepid explorers, particularly during the rainy season from May to October. Visitors stand at its precipice, pondering its origins and integrated structures. The “Arochukwu 79 steps,” a staircase leading to a river, enhances the experience, with local lore suggesting colonial influence for various purposes.
The waterfall has a height of about 30 meters and is surrounded by lush vegetation and rock formations, creating a scenic and serene environment. Visitors can also take a dip in the pool at the base of the waterfall, which is said to have healing properties.
Initiatives led by figures like King Nnadozie Victor Onyemaobi contribute to a deeper understanding of the waterfall’s history. The British colonists’ presence from 1690 to 1902 likely influenced the creation of the 79 steps. Today, these natural wonders enthrall both locals and visitors, becoming primary attractions in Arochukwu. Affectionately known as Ogbana Nkume or the 79 Steps Waterfall, it has become a prominent tourist draw, intertwining with Arochukwu’s cultural and historical significance.
The dynamic duo of Arochukwu Waterfall and the 79 steps invites exploration, bridging the gap between nature and human innovation. As it captures hearts and minds, this natural masterpiece weaves its own chapter into Arochukwu’s evolving narrative, embracing all in the enchanting wonders of “Ogba N’ Nkume.”
|Comrade Nnadozie Victor