Were you told that the social life of Ibadan, the third largest city in Africa, is boring and unexciting?! If yes, you have been told a hell of a lie! If you have been pondering lately on places you can visit in Ibadan to catch a lot of fun and have a nice time either with your family, friends or just you alone, no doubt, this article is for you! Below is a compilation of top 5 places you can spend and enjoy your day in Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo State.
1. Heritage Mall, Dugbe– This big, beautiful and spellbinding mall is one of the most visited places in Ibadan. Located in Dugbe, the heartbeat of Ibadan, Heritage Mall can boast of shops that hold almost everything a visitor might need ranging from mobile products to writing materials. The three-storey mall also houses FilmHouse cinema, Shoprite (Africa’s leading retailer), Mr Price, a food court with three outlets of eateries, a painting shop, an exquisite club and escalators that connect the three floors of the mall. The cinema offers movies at N500 on weekdays till 6pm while on weekends, it’s N1000 for a movie. Don’t you think Heritage Mall is a wonderful place to visit? Continue reading Top 5 Places To Spend And Enjoy Your Day In Ibadan→
The burial place of the legendary and biblical Queen of Sheba, locally known among Yoruba people as Bilikisu Sungbo, has turned a place of worship and tourism in Nigeria. Millions of people visit annually from different parts of the world to share the mystery surrounding Bilikisu Sungbo grave-turned-shrine located in Oke-Eri, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria. The historical queen, Bilikisu Sungbo, was said to have traveled all the way from Ethiopia down to Ijebu-Ode where she died and was buried. The natives of Ijebu-Ode hold strong and popular claims about the identity of the controversial Bilikisu Sungbo. They claimed that she was the Queen of Sheba mentioned in the bible to have visited the wise king Solomon at height of his powers. They also claimed that Bilikisu Sungbo was the Quranic Queen Baliqs of Ethopia (from which the name Bilikisu was derived) who visited king Sulaiman. Another source has it that Bilikisu Sungbo was a wealthy woman and the leader of a group of women potters who traveled to far away places. Also, she was believed to possess supernatural powers with which she dug ditches around villages in Ijebu-Ode. Continue reading The History And Mystery of Bilikisu Sungbo Shrine In Ijebu Ode, Ogun State→
Idanre hill, also known as Oke-Idanre, is one of the leading natural tourist destinations in Nigeria. The Idanre hill is located in Idanre town which is about 24 kilometers southwest of Akure, the capital city of Ondo State, Nigeria. The beautiful and wonderful Idanre hill has been a home to the people of Idanre for over 150 years. History of Idanre has it that the early settlers of the Idanre people lived high up in the hill in a place now known as Old Oke-Idanre. Continue reading Idanre Hill- Heights of Natural Wonders→
Obudu Cattle Ranch/ Mountain Resort is located in Cross River state, along the Nigeria-Cameroon border in the south-eastern part of Nigeria. The ranch has a lot of tall and wonderful mountains laden with green vegetation which gives it the picture of a country side. The climatic condition of the Obudu ranch is the normal temperature an area with mountains should have.
Olumo rock, located in the ancient city of Abeokuta, the present capital of Ogun state, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nigeria. The sedimentary rock which is about 137 metres high had for long stood as the pride of the Egba people who are the main inhabitant of the city of Abeokuta. Abeokuta which literary means ‘beneath the rock’ was recorded to have gotten its name from the Olumo rock. The rock served as a sanctuary and fortress for the Egba people during the inter-tribal wars that plagued Egbaland and the whole of Yorubaland in the 19th century. Continue reading Olumo Rock, Abeokuta→
Okomu National Park, formally known as Okomu Widelife Sanctuary, is located in Ovia South-West Local government area of Edo State, Nigeria. The Park is the smallest of the seven national parks in Nigeria. The Okomu National Park serves as a good and suitable habitat for many endangered flora and fauna species. Continue reading Okomu National Park, Edo state→
Osun Osogbo is a festival celebrated annually in Osogbo land, Osun State, in the month of August. The Osun goddess is believed to symbolise wealth, fertility, beauty, prosperity and love. Below is a video of the festival….
Durbar Festival is an annual festival celebrated in different northern cities of Nigeria such as Katsina, Bida and Kano. It is celebrated at the end of Muslim festivals Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. Below is a video of the celebration of the festival.
Gurara Waterfalls, in Gurara, Niger State, in the north-central region of Nigeria, is a natural fall which has the power to spell bound visitors with its irresistible beauty.
The Gurara waterfalls which lies on the Gurara river is about 98ft in length and 656ft in width. The best season to view the Gurara waterfalls is during the rainy season when the waters will be full to its limits. During the dry seasons, the water level become so low but still provide a limpid pool at the base of the fall.
Erin Ijesha Waterfalls also known as Olumirin Waterfalls is located in the inner heart of Erin Ijesha, Osun State. This amazing waterfall in the State of the Living Spring (Osun) attracts over 30,000 visitors annually from different parts of the globe. During the celebration of the popular Osun Osogbo festival and culture, the waterfall receives a high number of visitors than usual. Continue reading Erin Ijesha Waterfalls (Olumirin)→
Yankari National Park is a widelife park situated in Bauchi State in the north-eastern part of Nigeria. The widelife park in the south-central part of Bauchi covers an estimated area of 2.244 square kilometers.. The park was originally created as a game reserve in 1956, but was later upgraded into a national park in 1991. Continue reading Yankari National Park, Bauchi State→
Agodi gardens, located in Ibadan, the present capital of Oyo state and the third largest city in Africa, is one of the tourist centres Ibadan can be proud of alongside Cocoa House, Bower’s Tower and so on. The garden is situated near the Oyo State Secretariat Complex, Agodi, Ibadan, Oyo State. The Agodi Gardens had suffered some periods of neglect by the Oyo State government. Few people visited the garden then because it was stocked with dilapidated facilities and was also untidy. But that was the look of the Agodi Gardens back then, now, the garden has an outstanding outlook of a real tourist centre blended with nature.
The Bower’s Tower, located at the peak of Oke- Are, the highest hill in Ibadan, is one of the historical monument that Ibadan could be proud of. It is 60 feet high and 11 feet with two entrances and a long spiral stairs. From the top of the monument, the altitude of Ibadan would be seen as a vast sheet of brown roofs. The monument was erected in 1936 in memory of captain RobertContinue reading Bower’s Tower→
The Argungun fishing festival is an annual festival which lasts for four days in Kebbi State , located in the North-western part of Nigeria. This fishing festival is usually held in Argungun, the capital city of the Argungun Emirate Council. People come from every part of the globe to witness the Argungun fishing festival which fills the atmosphere with a scent of the Hausa culture.
The foundation of the ancient historical laden was laid by the rev. Henry Townsend of C.M.S (Church Missionary Society) on the Marina waterfront in Badagry, Lagos, Nigeria in the year 1842, and was later built by other missionaries in 1845. The building served as vicarage for Saint Thomas Anglican Church and was later used by Samuel Ajayi Crowther, the first African C.M.S bishop that translated the Holy Bible from English to Continue reading Nigeria’s First Storey Building→
Zuma Rock is a large monolith, an igneous intrusion composed of gabbro and granodiorite that is located in Niger State, Nigeria. It rises spectacularly immediately north of Nigeria’s capital Abuja, along the main road from Abuja to Kaduna, and is sometimes referred to as the Continue reading Zuma Rock→
Cocoa house was once the tallest building in tropical Africa. It is located in the city of Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state in Nigeria. The 105 metres building , completed in 1965, was built from proceeds from commodities (e.g., Cocoa, Rubber, Timber and so on) of the then western state of Nigeria. Cocoa house is Continue reading COCOA HOUSE, IBADAN→
The Third Mainland bridge is the longest of all the three bridges connecting Lagos Island, Nigeria to the mainland, the other two bridges are Eko and Cater bridges. It is also the longest bridge in Africa, it starts from Oworonshoki which is linked to the Apapa expressway, and ends at the Adeniji Adele Interchange on Lagos Island. There is also a linkway that leads to Herbert Macaulay way, Yaba. The bridge was built in 1990 by Julius Berger Nigeria Plc and was opened by president Ibrahim Babangida. The bridge is about Continue reading Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos→