LIVING IN IBADAN, OYO STATE – A NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE
Ibadan doubles as both the capital and the most populous city of Oyo State. Its population of over 3 million makes it the third most populous city in Nigeria after Lagos and Kano. It is the country’s largest city with its geographical area of 2,600 square miles.
IBADAN is a bubbling city with an overwhelming number of schools, markets, hotels and cool spots to meet your needs.
SCHOOLS IN IBADAN
In Nigeria today, there is a very urgent need to prioritize education and improve its standard. Parents want the best for their kids and truthfully, if we’re going to have good future leaders, its best we lay the foundation right.
The schools in Ibadan are attended all over the world as Ibadan is known to house the first university in Nigeria, making it a reference in the educational sector in Nigeria. These are some schools that might interest you:
LIFEFORTE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS
This is a co-educational Christian school situated at 1 Life forte boulevard, Awotan GRA, that provides a balanced comprehensive educational curriculum for the all-round development of children academically, spiritually and socially. Their student body is made up of both Nigerian and foreign children which gives your kids an opportunity to explore different cultures and races.
CHRIST AMBASSADORS SCHOOL
This co-educational boarding Christian school is located on Alaafin Avenue, Oluyole Estate, Ring Road. Students are imparted with the fear of God. The school has a vision to raise intellectuals, ambassadors for Christ, leaders that would hold the reins in their generations, break new grounds in education, bear the light in science, technology, arts, and entertainment.
MARKETS IN IBADAN
Like it or not, you need a market for one thing or another. We’ve got you covered. There are quite a number of markets in Ibadan. The landscape and population of the city has attracted farmers, traders and buyers thereby making the market experience in Ibadan one of a kind. Some of the markets are:
This is easily one of the busiest markets in Ibadan and has been since its creation in 1987. It is located along the Secretariat – UI road. Different commodities can be purchased in Bodija market including, household items, farm produce and there’s a slaughterhouse close-by for your livestock needs.
Now called Bola Ige International Market, GBAGI market is located along the Ibadan-Ife road and is about a kilometer from the Lagos-Ibadan expressway making it very accessible. One can find nearly everything in Gbagi market at very affordable prices. It also sports warehouses, banks, insurance companies, hotels and schools making it not just an international market but a community.
Additionally, there are quite a number of malls in Ibadan including Heritage Mall beside Cocoa House, Dugbe; Palms Mall,New GRA; Jericho Mall,20 Kudeti Avenue, Onireke GRA and Ventura Mall, Plot 5 and 6, Old Aerodrome road, along Sango-UI road, Samond GRA.
HOTELS IN IBADAN
When you move away from home, whether for work purposes or for a vacation, there’s always the need for a place to stay. For the largest city in Nigeria, you bet there are a couple of hotels you would like. Here are some of the best you’ll find ;
KAKANFO INN AND CONFERENCE CENTER
This hotel caters for your needs whether it is for vacations, business or just a getaway with your heartthrob.
Each room sports an air conditioner, a fridge, flat screen TV with cable services, desk, intercom. The adjoining bathroom is fully equipped with a shower and needed toiletries.
There’s an on-site restaurant and bar serving local and international dishes as well as an assortment of drinks. There’s also an outdoor pool to help you relax.
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PARK 77 HOTEL
Situated strategically on 67/68 adjacent Army Officers Mess, Agodi-Ikolaba Ibadan, Park 77 is a new hotel with state-of-the-art facilities. It boasts of spacious areas in the bedroom, living area and a lush infinity pool. The rooms are beautifully furnished with a king-sized bed, sofa, desk and chair, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, an en-suite bathroom with toiletries and a TV with cable channels. Guests are treated to complimentary breakfast and newspaper. The on-site bar and restaurant offers an array of food and drinks of different ethnicity and nationalities.
FUN PLACES IN IBADAN
Ibadan is not the place to work hard and not play, even if you tried. Ibadan is the hub of interesting activities and as such you can never be without a place to go. So whenever you finally feel tired and burned out from work, feel free to check out these places:
Doubling as a park and a zoological garden, Agodi gardens is a tourist attraction in Ibadan. It provides a serene environment sitting on 150 acres of land. It is ideal for family outings or hangouts with friends. The tropical trees are perfect for picnics and any form of celebration. Best of all, your kids would totally have a fun time dipping in the pools with inflated balloons.
UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN ZOO
This is the perfect venue for a date with nature. The Zoological garden houses a variety of animals and plant species. Visitors can detailed information on these species and have a good time all at once. The gazebos are perfect for a sit-out to appreciate the scenery whether alone or in the company of friends or that special someone.
Open all day round, GQ lounge gives you premium quality on all their services. They feature top resident and guest DJs to put you in the right mood with the best music. They also have provisions for your private functions. It is a good place for the young at heart to chill out and meet people.
Are you interested in nightlife? Club Beatnation is the place for you. Get to meet interesting people and get your groove on with the sensational music on all night. They also provide the best drinks at your beck and call to keep you satisfied all night.