The villa of Eden, a place of delight and pleasure…..
The mount of delta is proud to be one of only 21 tourism sites approved by delta state government. The land which the property is based was acquired in 1999 and the building works began this same year, thus taking 12 years to complete. Upon visiting the vast estate the reason becomes clear. to entitle this site a paradise made in heaven would be quite apt. this village within a village, or the mount as it is known, is divided up into 3 sections: the museum like mansion, the fruitful farm, the peaceful parks and the animal kingdom consisting of zoo, fishponds and poultry. All of which were the making of the mount of delta’s flare and passion for architecture and agriculture.
On entering the estate from the drive the substantial modern and elegant two –storey edifice is visible along the picturesque and stylish feature fountain. Be mesmerized and relaxed by the site and sounds of this tiered flowing water feature which forms a focal point at the front of the mansion. at night it becomes a sight to behold when it is illuminated and the beauty is magnified. The mansion itself, which is a joy to the eye both inside and outside, is the result of several ideas combined to make a masterpiece which exceeds the standards of many western castles. Culture from countries such as Nigeria, morocco, Syria, Ghana, Israel and more have been infused into them. The dome for example is purely hand carved by Moroccans- a process which took over 3 years to complete by itself! Amongst this is a British designed room which would leave anyone coming abroad from this destination feels right at home. in the midst of all this, Prince Ned Nwoko kept his roots at hearts having a fair portion of the mansion being made from local red sand. Overall the building has 17 rooms. These include 5 receptions, 1 dining room, and 12 en-suite bedrooms.
Adjoined to the villa is a whole array of entertainment that one could not possibly all utilize in a day. For casual/sporting activities, the mount is equipped with a dart board, a pool table, a lawn tennis court and ping-pong table. Once you are done sweating it out, why not cool off in the Olympic depth pool or better yet, climb the eye- catching tower to the highest point in delta state. With four storey; standing at 100 ft, this means the highest point in the whole of the state is right towering at 1100ft above sea level. Due to the height of this medieval tower, this makes it also the naturally coolest point in the state usually about 1-6 degrees cooler depending on the crosswinds. This is also an ideal viewing platform in which to enjoy the landscape and uninterrupted long distance views up to 48 miles away. One could even describe this point in a biblical analogy as Noah’s mountain top as it be the last flood in the case of one. Facing to the north, one can see the masts from Ubiaja and Ewohimi. To the east, masts from oniocha-Olona and Issele-uku are viewable. Last but not the least, from the west far in the distance are masts from Ubulu-uku, Igbodo and Umunede.
Do not become too engrossed here as there is plenty more to see as straight out of the main house are the parks. Grown here are a range of fruits – from African favorites to the world’s exotic. If you enjoy spending time outdoors, then why not take a leisurely walk around the beautiful and interesting Lillian Park which is spacious and stunning with its acres of land and plentiful trees originating from different countries across the world.
The endless list follows: Pawpaw, Pineapples, Oranges, Mangoes, Tangerines, Avocados, Grapes, Apples, Bananas and lemons abound as well as palm trees, fig trees, cashew nuts, kola nuts, Aloe vera, barbells (baubau) and olives. All together they total over 10 thousand trees. How many can you spot? As the plants are seasonal, this park is designed to be interesting all year round. Why not time your visit for the yearly flowering of the magic tree with its beautiful purple flowers, a sight not to be missed. Not only this, but the park is a perfect place for a family picnic whilst enjoying the surrounding views and beautiful landscape. Further to this it encompasses a six-a-side football field- one could not ask for more.
Additionally, outside the mount of Delta offers the idea of a time and place for every occasion creating near Lillian park ‘smokers corner’, which is infamously the only place he allows one to carry out this habit. On an activity more suited to his caliber the prince has also conjured ‘speakers corner’, a place where anyone can feel liberated to voice their opinion of political or even spiritual matters. To every corner of the park is the ambiance of warmth and peace- the outside really is as welcoming as it gets. No wonder people love to come round even just to catch the evening sun.
The journey around this wonderland does not end here though as in addition to the park one the mount of delta’s creations are the farm. This includes cassava, Ogbono, Millet, Groundnut, Plantain, Cabbage, lettuce, Mint Plants, Corn and more – plantation enough to make this village self- sufficient. more to boast of is that the farm also encompasses a zoo of exotic and beautiful animals the extensive list includes antelopes, hawks, pigeons, porcupines, doves, crown, birds, geese, ducks, goats, lambs, cows, crocodiles, peacocks, tortoises, ostriches, monkeys, emus and more. If you are lucky enough you could see some of these coupled animals hatching eggs or even birthing newborns. More to this extensive list Nwoko keeps dozens of hens which have proven to be very fertile and regularly hatch eggs.
Finally, the fish ponds also bred over 100,000 catfish in 12 different ponds in a very sophisticated and orderly fashion- one can only imagine what Nwoko will conjure in a few years time.
The developments and ideas do not stop here though the vision Nwoko envisages several other plans including a lake. This manor is already a piece of intelligent planning and creation yet something more than beautiful; a true work of genius. Soon enough will be a place of which you would not dream of leaving.