Misery: Oguta Lake, where 2 rivers flow side by side but do dot mix

October 6, 2021
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There are quite alot of mysterious lakes in Nigeria and the Oguta lake is not exempted. This lake is seen as mysterious because it consists of two different waters, one part of the lake is brown while the other part of it is greenish. The thing about the two lakes is the fact that even though they flow together, they do not mix or come together.

This mysterious Oguta lake can be found within the rainforest of Niger State and in Imo State, Nigeria. For a long time now this lake have been in existence, the two lakes have been identified as two angry lakes that flow by each other’s side but never come together.

The lake can be identified as a lean finger lake which consists of clay, sand and also silt. The lake is seen as the largest lake in Imo and in the south east, the lake is 8.05km long and 2.41km wide. The water in the lake actually flows from Njaba lake. Two out of the lakes mentioned flow together but do not mix together. Once you look at the lake from afar you would notice that they do not mix.

Just like every mysterious lake in Nigeria there’s always a unique back story. According to the locals in the area, they believe that the lakes used to be a male and a female couple. The greenish lake is identified as the female called Ogbuife, the brownish water is known as the male called Urashi. According to the legend of the lake, Urashi and his wife Ogbuife quarreled and because of that they don’t flow together.

The Oguta lake is now seen as a male and female deity, they even have two special shrines dedicated to them. The shrines are on the two sides of the lake, there their worshippers make sacrifices and worship them. Even though the lakes do not mix with each other, the worshippers are cool with one another.

Oguta is a popular tourist attraction and alot of people flood the area to see the mysterious lake. The people that live close to the lake see it as a source of food and also transportation.

Another thing that makes this Oguta lake unique is the fact that the lake is one of the theaters during the Nigerian civil war. There is a bunker that was used by the biafrans during the Civil war but the bunker have been blocked. The Nigerian Army also made use of the lake as their base, this is one thing that makes the place different.

The Oguta lake is still the same way today, the angry waters still flow side by side without mixing with one another.

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