On two different occasions, I got the opportunity to explore Ibadan town in Oyo State. Ibadan is Nigeria's largest city by geographical area and the most populous city in the state. It is the third most populous city in Nigeria, after Lagos and Kano. I had read a lot about the town and discovered there were beautiful places worth visiting.
One of such place was the Bower Towers which the natives attach a lot of significance to. It is fondly referred to as 'Oke Layipo' because of its spiral stairs. From this tower, you get a beautiful bird eye view of Ibadan. Truth be told, this monument is in a deplorable state and in need of some maintenance. It is highly recommended for anyone who loves history. The entrance fee for the tower is N200.
Another place worth visiting is the Agodi Gardens. Agodi Gardens was originally created in 1967 and at that time it was called Agodi Zoological and Botanical Gardens. However, as I read, Ogunpa flood happened in 1980 and destroyed the garden; the flood swept away most of the animals and left the place in a deplorable state. In 2012, the government decided to renovate it and in 2014 the new Agodi Gardens was re-opened. There are loads of attractions within the park including a waterpark, mini zoo, lake for boat ride, picnic area etc. The entrance fee is N500.
The best revealed secret of Ibadan remains International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). I couldn't stop thinking of this place when I discovered it and I looked forward to going fishing (see cover picture) and bird watching. IITA was established to work with partners to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce producer and consumer risks, and generate wealth from agriculture, with the ultimate goals of reducing hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. The institute was established in 1967. It is opened to researchers and tourists. There is also accommodation within the premise and loads of outdoor activities. No entrance fee.
Finally, let me tell you about the University of Ibadan Zoological Garden. It was established in 1948 but became a full-fledged zoo in 1974 to support teaching and research. There's a collection of various wild animals including lions, giraffes, warthogs, hyenas, snakes, crocodiles etc. I felt like I was physically in a National Geographic Wild life television. The entrance fee is N500.
Anyways, enjoy the photos below
Places to visit in Ibadan
"The colonial political subjugation of Africa eroded the African peoples socio-political and economic structures while the emergence of the colonial project in itself created a new scenario, leaving bitter memories in the minds of the colonised. Despite this ugly episode, there were certain colonial officials who left memories in the hearts of the people among whom they administered. One of such was Captain Robert Lister Bower who served as Resident and Travelling Commissioner for the interior of Yorubaland in south-western Nigeria and in whose honour a tower was erected. The memorial tower symbolises a plethora of meanings. On the one hand, it is perceived that the peoples reflection of the footprints of Bower in the annals of their history necessitated the erection of that historic monument as a memorial of his relatively peaceful era, socio-economic development as well as his general administrative acumen in the course of his service among them which remain indelible. As a rider to this, the monument serves as a reminder to the Ibadan people in particular and the Yoruba in general, of the man who firmly established the loyalty of their forebears to the British imperial crown. Paradoxically, many perceive the tower as a monument of humiliation and diplomatic manoeuvring". Lifted from Ademola Ajayi , 2008. Bowers Tower: A Historical Monument in Ibadan, Southwestern Nigeria
Places to visit in Ibadan
VIEWS FROM BOWERS TOWER.
The roads to this place was discouraging. Like......I almost turned back but this view calmed my raging spirit. Nostalgia!. Hey, don't bother using goggle map to locate the place. Well, in my case it didn't work.
IITA | Places to visit inn Ibadan
This is an iconic building completed in 1929, strategically located up the Mapo hill in Ibadan. It is a symbol of authority and unity for the people. I hear it serves as a place where the Yoruba's in Ibadan meet periodically for administrative purposes.
Notice anything........Yea, It is not all the time I go solo.
I love zoos and museums. Everyone knows this by now. LoL. Believe me when I say that wildlife experience is therapeutic. I saw quite a number of animals in the zoo including lions, giraffes, warthogs, hyenas, snakes, crocodiles etc. Definitely worth a visit
Final thoughts on places to visit in Ibadan
Overall, it was an exciting, enlightening and educative trip for me. I was impressed with the city as I noticed a lot of economic and social development especially at the zoo.
I truly can't wait to visit Oyo state again especially the Oyo National Park. This trip was worth the drive from Lagos. I encourage you to visit Ibadan and feel free to use this post as your guide.
Good news guys.....I will also blog about each of the specific places soon. More stories and loads of pictures!
Till my next adventure, thanks for always reading.