Oguta Lake: In A Corner Of Imo, Two Angry Rivers Flow Without Ever Coming Together

Oguta Lake: In A Corner Of Imo, Two Angry Rivers Flow Without Ever Coming Together

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Across the world, from Stonehenge to the Great Sphinx of Giza, there are remarkable creations and naturally occurring phenomena that can only be described by the term we use to refer to them; wonders.

They are those structures that both impress and confound us, enough to command a kind of respect that almost feels like reverence and put them in a class of their own; a class that preserves them into classical antiquity.

In many ways, these wonders, especially those made by nature’s hand, are mysteries, more than anything else.

Like the Northern Lights or Tanzania’s 260 square km wide Ngorongoro crater, they are unexplained phenomena that arouse our curiosity, a desire to know more and questions that we try ever so hard to answer with science or religion.

One of such wonders is hiding in Nigeria, in Imo state, within the rainforests of the Niger-Delta.

In Oguta Lake, two angry rivers flow side-by-side without ever coming together.

It has been this way for as long as the people remember.

Oguta Lake is a lean finger lake formed by deposits of clay, sand, and silt that dammed the lower Njaba river.

At 8.05km long and 2.41 km wide, it is the largest natural lake in Imo, and the entire South-East of Nigeria.

Water flows into it mainly from the Njaba river and to a lesser degree, the UjuAwbana and Urashi rivers.

It is two of these rivers that flow side-by-side, parallel to each other, without ever coming together.

You can see it almost immediately on the surface of the lake.

One flows in a shade of green, the other is brown.

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