A city in the south-western part of Nigeria, Ibadan is the capital city of Oyo State and the third largest metropolitan area, by population, in Nigeria, after Lagos and Kano. Better known in Yoruba as Ẹ̀bá-Ọ̀dàn, meaning ‘the city at the edge of the savannah’, it is also the largest and most populous city in the country and the third in Africa after Cairo and Johannesburg.
The Top Five places to visit in ibadan:
Mapo Hall is a large Ibadan City Hall built in colonial architectural fashion. The Hall lies top the Mapo Hill in Ibadan, Oyo State. The construction of the Hall took four years and it was finally unvielded in 1929. It was constructed for administrative use during the colonial era. Mapo Hall is well known for its seven columns which represents the seven hills on which the city of Ibadan was built.
Mapo Hall boasts of a mini museum which hold various relics of the colonial era. There are also various pictures of the city’s rulers, dating back to the first Olubadan to current available at the hall.
Cocoa House is a 26-storey building in Ibadan constructed in the year 1965. It was once considered the tallest building in tropical Africa. Cocoa House was established using the proceeds of Cocoa trade and export proceeds.
It is a property owned by Odu’a Investment Company and was formerly known as Ile Awon Agbe which means House of Farmers. Cocoa House was gutted by fire in 1985 but has been renovated and is still in use today. The hill can seen most parts of the city, it was renovated in 2006 and has played host to several political and social events in Ibadan.
IITA FOREST RESERVE:
The IITA Forest Reserve (International Institute of Tropical Agriculture) is a 350 hectares of land established and managed by the Natural Resource management department of the IITA. The IITA Forest Reserve was set up to provide solutions to the degradation and extinction of natural resources in Nigeria.
The forest reserve preserves is absolutely beautiful, highly diversified forest reserve which preserves over 200 birds species, over 220 butterfly species and 440 plants used for medicinal purposes.
The most popular of the city’s six parks, Agodi Garden is a lovely park which spreads over 13 acres of land is a lovely park right at the center of Ibadan city. Most tourist flood the location for different forms of entertainment and recreation.
UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN ZOO:
The University of Ibadan Zoological Garden and Nature Park located in the department of Zoology at the University of Ibadan. The renowned zoological garden was established in 1948 as a menagerie to support the conservation of wildlife and research. It grew into a full fledge museum in 1974. There are a wide variety of animals ranging from mammals to reptiles, amphibians and birds available at the zoo. Ibadan Zoo is open all week between 8am and 6:30pm.
Visit the Irefin palace to learn more about the beautiful history of Ibadan people. The palace was built in 1902 and is made up of 185 rooms. There are people who still live in Irefin Palace till date.
Ibadan boasts of a number of family compounds including the Irefin palace, one of the most popular compounds which once produced the Olubadan. The ancient structure of Irefin Palace is one of the major attractions within the city of Ibadan.