10 INTERESTING THINGS YOU CAN DO IN IBADAN
Ibadan is the third most populous city in Nigeria after Lagos and Kano, with a population of about three million inhabitants. It is the largest city in Nigeria by geographical size and the capital of oyo state. Ibadan has a very rich cultural heritage and interesting history. It is the site of the first television station in Africa, the home of Nigeria’s first skyscraper, cocoa house, which opened in 1965.
Many refer to the city of Ibadan as a “dead town”, meaning it is completely and utterly boring which is totally untrue as it is as much fun as other cities like; Lagos or Abuja.
Thinking of visiting or relocating to the city with tons of brown roofs anytime soon? Or are you already there and you are tired of visiting the cinemas or just sitting at home? Here are 10 interesting places you can go and do just to unwind, relax, learn and have fun;
The oke’badan cultural festival is a colorful event celebrated to commemorate the founding of Ibadan land and show gratitude to the founders.The festival which means the ‘Hills of Ibadan’, celebrates how founders, led by legelu, originally settled on the hills of Ibadan and later came down to found the Ibadan town itself at the foot of the hills.
The festival, which brings together the sons and daughters of Ibadan from far and near, holds on the third Thursday of March of every year. Highlights of the festival include cultural shows, stage plays, beauty pageants and competitions.
Another interesting thing you could involve in is by attending the annual event that brings polo enthusiasts from far and near. The event, organized by Ibadan polo club, is held between January and February every year at the polo grounds in Eleyele in Ibadan.
The emblem of history and political power in south west Nigeria was built by the Government of chief Obafemi Awolowo, who was the premier of the defunct western state of Nigeria. The building was so-called because it was paid for mainly from the proceeds of cocoa,the major export from Nigeria’s southwest at the time.
The building was commissioned for use on August 1965 and was the tallest building in tropical Africa at the time. It also has a restaurant, bar and a pool.
The Bower Tower was built in the honor of captain Robert lister Bower who was appointed by the British government to administer Ibadan city between 1893 and 1897. The tower is 60 feet high and 11 feet square, with entrances and a spiral staircase that leads to the top of the tower. It is located on the hill of Oke-Are, the highest hill in Ibadan and you can get a great view of Ibadan city from the tower.
The university of Ibadan Zoological Gardens was first established in 1948 as a menagerie to support teaching and research, before it became a fully fledged zoo in 1974. The zoo is a home to a wide array of animals comprising mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. The zoo is open seven days a week, all year round from 8am to 6:30pm. Many guided tour take place in the zoo, mostly by schools for educational purposes.
It is also known as Agodi Botanical Gardens. This place is an exquisite flora enclave in the center of Ibadan. The serene and calm garden has a mini zoo, lush garden with different types of vegetations and water parks. It also has facilities such as swimming pool, play area for children and spaces for picnic. The garden is open to visitors throughout the week.
The Ventura is a place to enjoy fun activities. It has a children’s game arcade, cinema, food courts and shopping malls. Recreational activities include watching movies, playing different kinds of games.
It is located at Plot 5/6, old Aerodrome Road, off Sango – Ojoo road, Samonda gra Ibadan.
This is a breathtaking tourist attraction in Ibadan, from wild to warm, the exper5is totally awesome. With the rain forest having sporting facilities like; a 9-hole golf course, badminton court, swimming pool, football pitch and a lawn tennis court amongst others. This reserve would help you revive your sporty lifestyle all over again.
There are several clubs in Ibadan to enjoy the nightlife. Have a relaxing evening with friends and enjoy music and drinks in places like Kokodome close to cocoa house, GQ lounge, Options 24/7 at Ikolaba and Platinum night club at Awolowo junction Bodija. Another beautiful place to do some karaoke with your crew the next time you step out in Ibadan is the Latitude Café and Lounge. It is nestled at the Ventura Mall, Samonda Ibadan.
You should not leave Ibadan without eating amala, a popular Yoruba food and the main dish of Ibadan people. You can have amala in places such as Ose Olohun on Bodija road, Iya Dunni Food canteen at Challenge Roundabout Oluyole, Ibadan.
Without doubts, Ibadan is a town ripe with culture and rich history and no one should ever miss out on the fun this city provides.
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