On May 31st 2017 I woke up in Calabar, Nigeria at 4:30AM to embark on a journey to the Obudu Mountains to become one with nature and perhaps to set my soul free to be renewed.

For as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted to spend time in the mountains surrounded by untouched solitude.

Driving through the dusty, worn out roads and the crazy truck drivers was an adventure in of itself, however; for some reason the inconvenience of the not so great roads did not bother me. I was in awe of the magnificence of creation, I was also saddened by our non-existence of sight. Just because you have eyes, does not mean you can see.

During the 7 hours adventure to bliss, I was in a trance state for the most past of the journey. I saw myself driving through a country that was an oasis, a country filled with crops for thousands of miles. Creation at her best!

As we proceeded on the journey I began to realize I was not in a trance, this was real. Nigeria is a blessed country, sadly most of us have eyes but cannot see.

We turned the corner and suddenly the Obudu Mountains became our canvas. The famous Cow Head at the entrance became our backdrop. The air filled our lungs with love, nature welcomed us with peace and the drive up the mountains was only the beginning.

I held the seat in front of me so tight and for a girl that has always dreamt of going to the mountains, I was terrified; did I forget to mention that I’m afraid of heights? (feel the fear and do it anyway). My heart was in my mouth as we kept driving to the top of the mountain; the driver (Jude) was very brave.

We made it to the top of the mountain and I understood why my spirit always yearned to come to this celestial mountain. I knew for sure that I was meant to be here! The universe ordered my steps to this place of bliss, to transcend physical to the spiritual, to become one with nature and to become one with self. Words cannot describe creation.

I must confess the lodge we stayed in, did not meet standard, however the experience was everything and I was reminded that this was an adventure not a luxury getaway. I decided to take a few minutes walk in solitude to go through the blanket of clouds that had descended on the mountain; it seemed that's the creator’s way of saying hello.  

In my moment of solitude, I felt a tear fall from my right eye, I knew I was surrounded by celestial angels, it felt like they carried me through time because they whispered; “Everything you’ve ever looked for, is within you and around you; you’re the universe that you seek. Open your heart to open your eyes, for you can’t have one without the other.”

That was my soul’s confirmation of the message I desperately needed to hear. I had spoken the message of most Nigerians having eyes and not seeing; but that was my message as well.

We had a bonfire night, eating and drinking; I was physically there but my spirit was changed forever. I sat looking into the fire and my intention was to seat there until morning; but the biggest crickets I’ve ever seen arrived.

I went back to the lodge to lay my head, but not to sleep. Travel has a way of opening you up, taking you to places and spaces that leaves you better and more aware than when you arrived.

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” –Maya Angelou

Written by Efosa Eluma