Ibadan, Oyo State capital, was founded in the 19th century as a war camp during the old Oyo Empire. Ibadan had been the centre of administration of the old Western Region since the days of the British colonial rule, and parts of the city’s ancient protective walls still stand to this day.
Ibadan is one of the most politically and economically bubbling cities in Nigeria blessed with interesting places such as the famous International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), located just a short journey north of the city. The institute is not only a research site, but also a huge leisure estate popularly known as the birdwatchers’ paradise for its numerous species of tropical birds.
Also located within the city is the Ibadan Golf Club which is equipped with modern facilities and it hosts a range of fixtures. Ibadan Recreation Club also offers games of tennis, table tennis, squash, darts, badminton, swimming and aerobics classes. Visitors can also visit the University Of Ibadan, the premier university in Nigeria founded in 1948 and is still waxing stronger in academic excellence.
Mapo Hall is an unmissable colonial edifice located right beside Bere Market in Ibadan. The building, which was just recently refurbished is a home to the courts and visitors will be surprised by the building’s general structure.
Also worth checking out is the oldest television station in the whole continent of Africa – Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Agodi – established in 1959 by late Obafemi Awolowo and it serves as a museum of journalism as it still houses the old black and white television and the studio cameras used in the 60s.
Other places of interest are Irefin Palace – a 200-year-old palace, National Museum of Unity – houses sample of traditional musical instruments used by different tribes in Nigeria, Cocoa House – the first skyscraper ever to be built in Africa, another landmark legacy of late Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Others are Cultural Centre, Agodi Gardens, Game World etc.
Ibadan is a big city with a huge population, therefore, visitors are advised to be aware of petty crimes like pickpocketing on busy streets. Also, visitors might experience power cuts during their visit. This should not have any impact on your visit as most of the city hotels are well equipped with modern alternative power generating plants.
Ibadan is not as developed as Lagos or Abuja, so, visitors should expect to sight old traditional mud houses in some areas. Check out the 5th edition of CometoNigeria Magazine for more travel tips and images.[tab: Gallery] http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=285578&id=82573393018 [tab: Location] [cetsEmbedGmap src=http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=ibadan&hl=en&ll=7.453028,3.918686&spn=0.45208,0.837021&z=11 width=460 height=450 marginwidth=0 marginheight=0 frameborder=0 scrolling=no]