Ibadan .. Capital of Oyo State of Nigeria. The Pacesetter State
Ibadan (Yoruba: Ìbàdàn or fully Ìlú Ẹ̀bá-Ọ̀dàn, the city at the junction of the savannah and the forest) is the capital city of Oyo State and the third largest metropolitan area, by population, in Nigeria, after Lagos and Kano, with a population of 1,338,659 according to the 2006 census. Ibadan is also the largest metropolitan geographical area. At Nigerian independence, Ibadan was the largest and most populous city in the country and the third in Africa after Cairo and Johannesburg.
Ibadan is located in south-western Nigeria, 128 km inland northeast of Lagos and 530 km southwest of Abuja, the federal capital, and is a prominent transit point between the coastal region and the areas to the north. 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. The principal inhabitants of the city are the Yorubas.
Getting to Ibadan
Ibadan has one airport - Ibadan Airport. It’s a domestic airport, the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos is about 130Km away. A whole bunch of domestic flights operate daily..
There are lots of luxurious bus stations and parks, with bus rides shuttling from Ibadan to major towns all over the country. These rides are very comfortable, and cost much less than air travel. They however take much longer. The luxurious buses usually have air conditioning, movies, and meals. The average bus trip costs less than =N=5,000
Most people in Ibadan have their own cars. The roads in Ibadan, especially the main City are now good, with few traffic congestion,
The bottom of the rump way to get around is by bus. The City now has Ajumose Shuttle - a government owned buses that shuttles between most of the bus stops within Ibadan and its satellite
Taxis are available in some major Areas of Ibadan. There are also call-up cabs that can be called on phone.
Motorbikes & Three wheeler Auto rickshaws.
Motorbikes (popularly calle 'okada') ply most areas of Ibadan.There are also the three wheelers, popularly known as 'keke Ajumose' or ‘Keke NAPEP’. These usually go for short distances within the city.
The hotel environment is ideal for walking as long as the weather is good.
The major religions in Ibadan are Christianity and Islam. There are others, as in other major cities. There are Churches and Mosques in every district in Ibadan.
Leisure & entertainment
There is a museum in the building of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, which exhibits several remarkable pre-historic bronze carvings and statues. The city has several well stocked libraries, and is home to the first television station in Africa. Dugbe Market is the nerve centre of Ibadan's transport and trading network. The best method to move about the city is to use reference points and notable landmarks. The city also has a zoo located inside the University of Ibadan, and a botanical garden located at Agodi.
The Bower Memorial Tower to the east on Oke Aàre (Aare's Hill) ("Aare" in Yoruba means commander-in-chief or generalissimo), which can be seen from practically any point in the city; it also provides an excellent view of the whole city from the top. Another prominent landmark, Cocoa House, was the first skyscraper in Africa. It is one of the few skyscrapers in the city and is at the hub of Ibadan's commercial centre. Other attractions include Mapo Hall – the colonial style city hall – perched on top of a hill, "Oke Mapo," Mapo Hill ("oke" is hill in Yoruba), the Trans-Wonderland amusement park, the Cultural Centre Mokola and the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, a major stadium. The first citadel of higher learning, University of Ibadan (formerly the University College of Ibadan), the Obafemi Awolowo Hall in the university of Ibadan is said to be the tallest and largest hostel in West Africa. The first teaching hospital in Nigeria, University College Hospital, UCH, were both built in this ancient but, highly important city. Ibadan is also home to the legendary 3SC (Shooting Stars FC) – a professional Football Club. There are some good golf courses: the Ibadan Golf Club is a large 18-hole challenge and the Barracks course has just been extended to 18 holes. The most challenging and exclusive is the IITA Golf Club based on the 1,000 hectare premises of IITA.
There are all sorts of restaurants and eateries everywhere in Ibadan. These range from basic Nigerian restaurants to European, Asian and Middle Eastern restaurants. Local food is generally affordable, with meals going for as low as =N=200 in the ‘mama put’ or ‘bukka’ to meals that average around =N=2500 upwards in the more upbeat restaurants.
Fast food joints are also common, offering chicken and chips, rice based meals and local food, all available as ‘take away’. Service is relatively good, and in clean environments. Bottled drinking water is in abundance.
There are various Shopping centers, markets and supermarkets. Shopping centers, or ‘Plazas’ as they are usually referred to, consist of neatly arranged lock up stores that sell anything from mobile phones to cooking pots! The Palms Mall which houses Shprite is a walking distance from the hotel. There are some International Shooping Malls like the Heritage Mall in the Cocoa House Complex that houses another Shoprite, Cash 'n' Carry and others. There is also a Cinema House inside the Heritage Mall.
Street hawking is not encouraged, although newspaper vendors still take their chances at the traffic lights. There are various major markets like Bodija, Gbagi, Aleshinloye, Oje, Bola Ige International Market and others. Basic home shopping can usually be done in these markets, as they stock pretty much ‘everything’.
The supermarkets stock a more select choice of goods; mostly imported goods, and local goods of high quality finish.
Good health care is readily available. The University College Hospital (UCH) is about 5 kilometre away from the hotel. There are various Government hospitals and clinics, and these are pretty well kept and affordable. However, they tend to be crowded. For more specialized attention, there are the options of private hospitals. These hospitals and health centers usually cost a lot more than the Government owned ones, but tend to offer much better facilities, and are less crowded.
Security in Ibadan
Ibadan is generally peaceful. Euro Lounge and Suites is well located in the Capital City of Oyo State, Nigeria, not far from the Palms Mall and Obafemi Awolowo Stadium.
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