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Ibadan: The City at The Edge of The Savannah

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Ibadan is the third largest city in Nigeria by population.
Some call it Nigeria’s most developed village but it was
once the largest city in the country. Ìbàdàn, which means
“the city at the Edge of the Savannah” in Yoruba is home to
some of the most influential people in Nigeria.
Sprawling with age old historical sites and lush green
vegetation spread as far as the eyes can see, the city is an
epitome of modern Nigeria with glimpses of the past
legacy left by Nigeria’s forefathers. One visit to this city and
you will be hooked. The residents of Ibadan are some of the
best people you will encounter in your travels; they are
courteous and thoughtful, giving strangers a helping hand
and eager smile as they show you their city.
Jovago.com, Africa’s No. 1 Hotel Booking Portal has
chosen a few of the best places to visit in Ibadan with travel
tips to help you along your way.

Top 3 Hot Spots
Cocoa House

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The Cocoa House is one of the tallest buildings in West
Africa. It is a 24-storey building constructed in 1965 with
the proceeds of farmers who grew cocoa, rubber, timber
etc. It is the highlight of the city of Ibadan and stands tall so
it can be seen from several miles away.
The Cocoa House is home to several businesses and offices
including the Shoprite Heritage Mall and the Cocoa Mall.
Ibadan Golf Club

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Located in the Onireke Reservation Area of Ibadan, the
Ibadan Golf Club offers one of Nigeria’s top five all green
golf courses. Even though it is a members only club,
visitors can enjoy the view from the breathtaking plains with
lush greenery that provides a relaxing atmosphere perfect
for a weekend escape from the vibrant city.

Agodi Park & Gardens

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Many residents can attest to the fact that Agodi Gardens is
one of the most beautiful places in Ibadan and even Nigeria.
It is a large area of beautiful parks, ponds and a mix of all
sorts of fun games and rides. It holds the complete family
fun package and promises to thrill anyone looking for
excitement in Ibadan.

TIPS
Restaurants Small privately owned restaurants known as
Bukas are a favourite among residents of Ibadan. There is
always a buka or fast food restaurant around the
corner serving local dishes with some offering
intercontinental cuisine at an affordable price.
Popular dishes include jollof rice and chicken, fried plantain
and beans, Amala, Efo and Gbegiri.
Shopping
The Shoprite Heritage Mall is the largest mall in Ibadan,
housing Ibadan’s first state of the art cinema and offering a
wide variety of stores and retail outlets to shop, eat or just
relax and watch a movie. The Cocoa Mall is situated in the
same vicinity at the Heritage Mall so shoppers have more
options to choose from.

Hotels

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Hotels in Ibadan are numerous and very affordable. A
decent hotel should only cost you a fraction of the same in
mega cities like Lagos or Abuja. Some offer a unique
feature like the Premier hotel in Ibadan providing a wide-
angle view of the whole city.
Getting Around : Most commuters choose to ride by cab or
taxi to their various destinations. Other means of
transportation include the new luxury buses that are
now commonplace as well as danfo buses.
Safety : The people of Ibadan are friendly and easy-going. It
is moderately safe to walk alone at night and the city can be
explored without barriers during the day.
Money : Nigerian Naira.
Main Airport : Ibadan Airport, 16km from the Central
Business District
Exchange Rate : http://www.xe.com/currency/ngn-nigerian-
naira
Country Code : +234
Visa Requirements : https://portal.immigration.gov.ng/
pages/visaguidelines
Fun Fact
Mapo Hall

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Mapo Hall is Ibadan’s foremost town hall. It was built in
1925 at the top of Mapo Hill to stand as a cultural and
historic structure that unites the people of Ibadan. It can be
seen from most parts of Ibadan and is now used as a
museum and conference centre.

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