Visit Ibadan in Nigeria
The third biggest city in Nigeria after Lagos and Kano, sprawling Ibadan is in southwestern Nigeria and was once the administrative centre of the old Western Region during the days of British colonial rule.
The capital of Oyo State, Ibadan a couple of hours east of the international border with the Republic of Benin and is an important transport junction between the coastal region and Nigeria’s central cities.
Ibadan is around a 90-minute drive from Lagos, and eight hours from the capital Abuja, and is also a major stop on the railway line linking Lagos with the northern city of Kano.
Explore Ibadan’s Landmarks and Attractions
Ibadan has many things to explore: landmarks, monuments, attractions, commercial enterprises and educational institutions. The Dugbe neighbourhood is where the first skyscraper in Nigeria was built – the 25-storey Cocoa House – which was erected in 1965 and still marks the centre of Ibadan’s business area.
The city is also home to the University of Ibadan – a former college of the University of London before becoming independent in 1962 ¬¬– which is considered one of the foremost educational establishments in Africa.
Other important schools and institutions include the University College Hospital as well as the first teaching hospital in Nigeria, the headquarters of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, and the Institute of African Studies, which also has a museum you can visit while you’re in Ibadan.
During your stay in Ibadan take a day to see the Trans-Wonderland amusement park, the colonial-style city hall set atop Mapo Hill, and the vast green lung of the refurbished Agodi Gardens. In the gardens, you can have a meal in the restaurant or take the kids to the children’s playgrounds, or the waterpark with pools and slides.
Ibadan also has the 25,000-seater Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, previous host of several football matches during the 1980 African Cup of Nations.
Ibadan also has a busy retail, dining and nightlife scene. You’ll have an impressive choice of clubs, bars, restaurants and shopping centres to explore, including the Cocoa Mall and the Heritage Mall which are set in the same compound as Cocoa House, and are also home to a Filmhouse cinema.
Hotels in Ibadan
There are places to stay in all corners of Ibada, from the central area and neighbourhoods on the northern fringes to Expressway locations in Ajoda New Town east of Ibadan Airport.
Accommodation includes international recognised hotels along Iwo Road, as well as independently owned and operated accommodation in other locations. Stay in one of the brand hotels for suites with kitchenettes, as well as conference and meeting rooms, swimming pools, restaurants, bars and laundry facilities.
Independent hotels in Ibadan range from simple, low-cost motel accommodation with no frills to functional purpose-built places to stay offering WiFi, gardens, 24-hour front desks and guest rooms with balconies, cable TV and separate living areas.
Whether you’re travelling for business or on leisure, you’re sure to find a hotel in Ibadan to suit your requirements.