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Ìbàdàn (Ìlú Ẹ̀bá-Ọ̀dàn)
Nickname(s): Ile Oluyole, Ilu Ogunmola
Ibadan is located in Nigeria
Location in Nigeria
Country  Nigeria
State Oyo State
War camp 1829
Ibadan District Council 1961
Ibadan Municipal Government 1989
 • Olubadan Oba Oyekunle Ayinde Olukotun
 • Total 3,080 km2 (1,190 sq mi)
Population (2011 (est.))[1]
 • Total 3.2 million
 • Density 828/km2 (2,140/sq mi)
 • Metro density 250/km2 (600/sq mi)
 • Religions Islam, Christianity, Yoruba traditional religion
Time zone WAT (UTC+1)

Ibadan (Yoruba: Ìbàdàn or fully (Ìlú) Ẹ̀bá-Ọ̀dàn, (the city at) the edge of the savannah) 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 over 3 million, and 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.


  • History 1
    • Colonial Ibadan 1.1
  • Geography 2
    • Climate 2.1
  • Administration 3
    • Local Government Areas 3.1
  • Population 4
    • Demographics 4.1
    • Religion 4.2
  • Monuments, landmarks and other locations 5
  • Education 6
  • Economy 7
  • Entertainment and Media 8
    • Sports and Recreation 8.1
    • Media 8.2
  • Transport 9
  • List of people from Ibadan 10
  • Twin towns – Sister cities 11
  • See also 12
  • References 13
  • External links 14


Ibadan came into existence in 1829.[2] According to local historians, Lagelu, the Jagun (commander-in-chief and generalissimo) of Oyo empire, left the Yoruba kingdom Oyo with some his best warriors from Oyo, Ogbomoso and Ilesa, to found their military outpost to prevent attack on Oyo kingdom from Ijebu and Egba and ado warriors and their allies in Eba Odan, which literally means 'between the forest and plains.' According to HRH Sir Isaac Babalola Akinyele, the late Olubadan (king) of Ibadan (Olu Ibadan means 'Lord of Ibadan'), in his authoritative book on the history of Ibadan, Iwe Itan Ibadan (1911), the first city was destroyed due to an incident at an Egungun (masquerade) festival when an Egungun was accidentally disrobed and derisively mocked by women and children in an open marketplace full of people. In Yorubaland, it was an abomination for women to look an Egungun in the eye because the Egunguns were considered to be the dead forefathers who returned to the earth each year to bless their progeny. When the news reached the then Alaafin (ruler) of Oyo, he commanded that Eba Odan be destroyed for committing such an abominable act.

Lagelu was by now an old, frail man; he could not stop the destruction of his city, but he and some of his people survived the attack and fled to a nearby hill for sanctuary. On the hill they survived by eating oro fruit and snails; later, they cultivated the land and made corn and millets into pap meals known as oori or eko, which they ate with roasted snails. They improvised a bit by using the snail shells to drink the liquefied eko. Ultimately, Lagelu and his people came down from the hill and founded another city, called Eba'dan.

The new city instantly grew prosperous and became a commercial nerve centre. Shortly afterwards, Lagelu died, leaving behind a politically savvy people and a very stable community. The newly enthroned Olubadan made a friendly gesture to the Olowu of Owu by allowing Olowu to marry his only daughter, Nkan. Coming from a war campaign one day, the raging Odo Oba (River Oba) would not allow Olowu and his army to cross until a human sacrifice was performed to appease the angry river. The chosen sacrifice was Nkan. The Olubadan was infuriated at hearing of Nkan's death; he sent an emissary to inform the Alafin of Oyo, some of now Yoruba kings and rulers. Then the Olubadan sent his army to attack the powerful Olowu of Owu and defeated him. The Olowu committed suicide to escape being captured by the Ibadan army. The battle shattered the great Owu kingdom into pieces till today. Some of it remains in the mother town which is the present Orile-Owu in Osun State, while others are in Ogun State, known as Owu Abeokuta, etc.

A part of Ibadan was historically an Egba town. The Egba occupants were forced to leave the town and moved to present-day Abeokuta under the leadership of Sodeke as result of their disloyalty. Ibadan grew into an impressive and sprawling urban center so much that by the end of 1829, Ibadan dominated the Yorùbá region militarily, politically and economically. The military sanctuary expanded even further when refugees began arriving in large numbers from northern Oyo following raids by Fulani warriors. After losing the northern portion of their region to the marauding Fulanis, many Oyo indigenes retreated deeper into the Ibadan environs.

The Fulani Caliphate attempted to expand further into the southern region of modern-day Nigeria, but was decisively defeated by the armies of Ibadan in 1840.

Colonial Ibadan

In 1893, Ibadan area became a

  • Oyo State official website

External links

  • 'On Education' - Page 69; 'Seventeen Years in the Yoruba Country: Memorials of Anna Hinderer (wife of the Rev. David Hinderer, C.M.S. Missionary in Western Africa).
  1. ^ Summing the 5 Local Government Areas Ibadan North/North West/South West/South East/North East as per:
    Federal Republic of Nigeria Official Gazette (15 May 2007). "Legal Notice on Publication of the Details of the Breakdown of the National and State Provisional Totals 2006 Census" (PDF). Retrieved 19 May 2007. 
  2. ^ a b Lyold, P.C (1967). The City of Ibadan. Cambridge University Press.  
  3. ^ Olufemi Vaughan. Nigerian Chiefs: Traditional Power in Modern Politics, 1890s-1990s. 
  4. ^ "Average Conditions: Ibadan, Nigeria". BBC Weather. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 
  6. ^ Areola, O. "The Spatial Growth of Ibadan City and its impact on the rural Hinterland" in M.O. Filani, F.O. Akintola and C.O. Ikporukpo edited Ibadan Region, Rex Charles Publication, Ibadan, 1994 page 99.
  7. ^ Onibokun, P. and Faniran A., Urban research in Nigeria. IFRA and CASSAD, Ibadan, 1995
  8. ^ "Ibadan travel guide". Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  9. ^ "The Bower Memorial Tower on wikimapia". Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  10. ^ Mapo Hall on wikimapia
  11. ^ "National Agricultural Research Institutes". ARCH. Retrieved 10 August 2009. 
  12. ^ IITA. "International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)". / Cgiar. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  13. ^ IbadanGists. "Ibadan is the 3rd Cheapest Nigerian City to Live in". / IbadanGists. Retrieved 2014-11-17. 
  14. ^ Christina Adegbaju. "Ibadan popular clubs and hangouts". / Typearls. Retrieved 2015-09-14. 
  15. ^
  16. ^ Rice, Andrew (12 April 2009). "Mission from Africa". New York Times. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  17. ^ "Nigeria HomePage". 2008-05-23. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  18. ^ "Home". Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  19. ^ Lancia E. Smith, Interview Series with Malcolm Guite, Part 1. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  20. ^ "Sister Cities International (SCI)". Retrieved 2013-04-21. 


See also

Ibadan is twinned with:

Twin towns – Sister cities

List of people from Ibadan

Ibadan has an airport, Ibadan Airport, the airport operates daily flights to Abuja, lagos, kano, ilorin e.t.c through major airlines in Nigeria such as Overland Airways, Arik Air. The city is served by the Ibadan railway station on the main railway line from Lagos to Kano. Nearly all the major roads are dualiased, such roads include the Ojoo-Sango-mokola road that passes in front of the University of Ibadan, others include Ring road-Orita-challenge-New garage ways and recently completed dugbe-eleyele-jerico road. There are various roundabouts and flyovers within the city, the latest being the mokola flyover built to reduce traffic jam at mokola . Modes of transport include, cabs, taxis, taxi-vans commonly called danfos, and in more recent times mass transit luxury buses have commence operating to reduce the hardship of students and workers from various suburban areas of the city, various private/personal family cars, scooters, and walking.


There is also an online community of Ibadan residents called CONNECTIBADAN. They help the public connect with news, event and people in Ibadan and Oyo State as a whole. CONNECTIBADAN has done a lot to affect the lives of people around using the social media

  • Naija fm 102.7

>Space fm 90.10

  • B.C.O.S radio 1 and Oluyole fm 98.5
  • Premier fm 93.5 (federal government)
  • Amuludun fm 99.1(Yoruba only, federal government)
  • Beat fm 97.9
  • Mitv/Star fm 95.1
  • Raypower radio of AIT
  • Diamond fm 101.1 of University of ibadan
  • Splash fm 105.5
  • Inspiration fm 100.5

The radio stations in Ibadan are increasing in number compared to 5–10 years ago, when only 3 operated. Today, there are:

  • Multichoice Africaowner of DStv and GOTV satellite company has an office in the jericho area of the city providing subscribers with numerous international and local TV and radio.
  • Star times
  • DaarSat

Satellite channels are provided by

Galaxy tv

  • NTA Ibadan network centre

The city host the first T.V station in Africa NTA, Ibadan established as western Nigeria Television (WNTV) in 1959. The oldest surviving Nigeria newspaper is in ibadan Tribune founded by chief Obafemi Awolowo premier of western Nigeria. The first private TV station Galaxy tv in Nigeria also started in the city. As at 2014 the city is home to several media outlets including


  • Trans Amusement park
  • Fun factory
  • Ventura indoor park
  • Ibadan recreational park

Public space and Parks

The Ibadan Recreational Club in Sabo area offers a swimming pool, tennis courts, basketball courts and a bar. The Agodi Garden of Oyo State has been completely renovated to contain a Botanical Garden, zoo, swimming pool, guest house, bar and restaurants. In addition, there are the Ibadan Polo Club at Eleyele and the Ibadan Golf Club,[15] in the Onireke Reservation Area. The city has the first standard Nigeria stadium Obafemi Awolowo Stadium formerly Liberty Stadium and Lekan salami sport complex home of 3SC Shooting stars sport club the team that won Nigeria's first international trophy Africa's winners cup in 1976.

Sports and Recreation

The Heritage Mall and Coco mall houses several local and international retail stores the two malls built to interlink each other is located in the same compound as coco house at Dugbe. The 2 malls contain a South African retail shop SHOPRITE, Pep store (kids wears and boutique) several cafés, restaurants, electronic outlets, Mr price, Cash n Carry. The newly opened Ibadan city mall houses the largest Shoprite store in Nigeria there are other stores within too. The filmhouse has cinemas in the heritage mall and another of it branch operate at the Ventura mall, Sango area north of the city as principal tenant.

Shopping, Cinema and Parks

The hotels also ranging in class and styles and according to budgets. Top hotels include Premier Hotel mokola hill, Travel House, A3 hotels, Wallan Hotel, Davies Hotel, labod hotel, kakanfo Inn, and Lafia hotel.

Ibadan is a busy city but also accommodates an adequate amount of entertainment and relaxation. There are numerous bars, lounges and night clubs to enjoy, including the Lebanese owned "KOKO Dome" which is the oldest night club in the city dating back to the mid 90s. These are the clubs you get the nightlife, unwind moments, ladies nites, dancing, sashaying, strippers, splurging on drinks and more. Clubs: GQ lounge- Old Bodija Ebevande- Challenge Bubbles-Challenge Spyda- Agbowo Coded lounge- Challenge Clique 69- Ring road Kokodome- Cocoa house,Dugbe Options 24/7 (Formerly known as Yepaa)- Ikolaba,Agodi GRA Time out-Oluyole Chillarz-Oluyole Club ace Olympus X-Queen cinema, Dugbe 411- Sango-Bodija road Apollos- Ringroad Echo Blues - Ringroad Topside Lounge - Ringroad/Oluyole E3- Ringroad Infinities- Ringroad [14]

Entertainment and Media

According to a report, Ibadan is the 3rd cheapest Nigerian city to live in.[13]

The headquarters of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) have extensive grounds for crop and agricultural research into key tropical crops such as bananas, plantains, maize, cassava, soybean, cowpea and yam.[12]

There is abundance of clay, kaolin and aquamarine in its environs, and there are several cattle ranches, a dairy farm as well as a commercial abattoir in Ibadan.

The main industries in the area include the processing of agricultural products; Tobacco processing and Cigarette (Manufacture); flour-milling, leather-working and furniture-making.

With its strategic location on the non-operational railway line connecting Lagos to Kano, the city is a major center for trade in cassava, cocoa, cotton, timber, rubber, and palm oil.


In 1853, the first Europeans to settle in Ibadan, Reverend Hinderer and his wife, started Ibadan's first Western schools. They built churches and schools and the first two-storey building in Ibadan, which can still be found today at Kudeti. The first pupils to attend an elementary school in Ibadan were Yejide Olunloyo (female) and Akinyele Olunloyo (male) – the two children of an Ibadan high chief.

Before the dissolution of the Western Region, Nigeria, Ibadan and its environs were the home of the most sophisticated and liberal scientific and cultural community on the continent of Africa, as personified by the immortalized Ibadan School of historiography.

There are also numerous public and private primary and secondary schools located in the city. Other noteworthy institutions in the city include the University College Hospital (UCH), which is the first teaching hospital in Nigeria; the internationally acclaimed International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA); the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER) and Leadcity University. Also the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, the Nigerian Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT), and the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T), all under the auspices of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria;[11] and the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria.

The first university to be set up in Nigeria was the University of Ibadan. Established as a college of the University of London in 1948, and later converted into an autonomous university in 1962. It has the distinction of being one of the premier educational institutions in Africa. The Polytechnic, Ibadan is also located in the city.


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 9-hole IITA Golf Club based on the 1,000 hectare premises of IITA.

The Bower Memorial Tower[9] 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. Other attractions include Club.

There is a museum in the building of the Institute of African Studies, 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. The city has 2 zoological gardens, one located within the University of Ibadan and another at Agodi Gardens which also contain a botanical garden, swimming pool and several leisure spots.

Dugbe district is the commercial nerve centre of Ibadan. This is where many banks have one or more branches. The south west regional office of the Central Bank of Nigeria is at Dugbe. Also at Dugbe is the Cocoa House,[8] Nigeria's first skyscraper. It is one of the few skyscrapers in the city and is at the hub of Ibadan's commercial centre. Cocoa house is the headquarters for the Oodua investment company co-own by all southwestern states. Other tall buildings around Dugbe axis include Femi Johnson glass house, CBN building, United bank for Africa, Oxford building, FRCN Building, among others.

The best method to move about the city is to use reference points and notable landmarks.

Monuments, landmarks and other locations

Furthermore, its Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation is the cathedral see of the Maronite Apostolic Exarchate of Western and Central Africa, which is exempt (i.e. directly dependent on the Holy See), serves as Apostolic Visitor for Maronites in Southern Africa (where they have no ordinary) and follows the Antiochian Rite.

Ibadan's Cathedral of St. Mary is the episcopal see of the Metropolitan Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ibadan, whose ecclesiastical province includes four suffragans bishoprics: Ekiti, Ilorin, Ondo, Osogbo and Oyo.

Christianity is the dominant religion in Ibadan with the overwhelming majority of the core Ibadan City Center inhabitants being Christian. Islam is the 2nd most popular religion in the city. Next to the Olubadan's palace is the gigantic mosque where the Chief Imam holds his friday jumu'ah service sermons.


Until 1970, Ibadan was the largest city in Sub-Saharan Africa by surface.[2] In 1952, it was estimated that the total area of the city was approximately 103.8 km2[6] However, only 36.2 km2 was built up. This meant that the remaining 67 km2 were devoted to non-urban uses, such as farmlands, river floodplains, forest reserves and water bodies. These “non-urban land uses” disappeared in the 1960s: an aerial photograph in 1973 revealed that the urban land-scape had completely spread over about 100 km2. The land area increased from 136 km2 in 1981 to 210–240 km2 in 1988-89 (Areola, 1994: 101). By the year 2000, it is estimated that Ibadan covered 400 km2.[7] The growth of the built-up area during the second half of the 20th century (from 40 km2 in the 1950s to 250 km2 in the 1990s) shows clearly that there has been an underestimate of the total growth of the city. In the 1980s, the Ibadan-Lagos expressway generated the greatest urban sprawl (east and north of the city), followed by the Eleiyele expressway (west of the city). Since then, Ibadan city has spread further into the neighbouring local government areas of Akinyele and Egbeda in particular.



  1. Akinyele—Chairman: Mukaila Abiola Ambali
  2. Egbeda—Chairman: Fatai O. Akinsanmi
  3. Ido—Chairman: Joseph Adeniyi Olowofela
  4. Lagelu—Chairman: Adebayo Muneer Aderemi
  5. Ona Ara—Chairman: Fawole Olukayode Bola
  6. Oluyole—Chairman: Ayodeji Abass Aleshinloye

Ibadan Semi-Urban

  1. Ibadan North—Chairman: Idris Babatunde Lapade
  2. Ibadan North-East—Chairman: Lukman A. Alatise
  3. Ibadan North-West—Chairman: Olatubosun W. Adewale
  4. Ibadan South-East—Chairman: Adeleke Bolaji Taoreed
  5. Ibadan South-West—Chairman: Najimudeen Abass Bolaji

Ibadan Urban

Local Government Areas

There are eleven (11) Local Governments in Ibadan Metropolitan area consisting of five urban local governments in the city and six semi-urban local governments in the less city. Local governments at present are institutions created by the military governments but recognised by the 1999 constitution and they are the third tiers of government in Nigeria. Local governments Councils consist of the Executive Arm made up of the Executive Chairman, the Vice chairman, the Secretary and the Supervisory Councilors.[5]


Climate data for Ibadan
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 37
Average high °C (°F) 33
Average low °C (°F) 21
Record low °C (°F) 10
Average rainfall mm (inches) 8
Average precipitation days 1 2 5 9 11 12 12 10 15 12 4 1 94
Average relative humidity (%) 76 71 75 78 82 86 88 88 86 84 80 76 81
Mean monthly sunshine hours 170 198 170 170 170 141 85 57 85 141 198 198 1,783
Source: BBC Weather[4]

Ibadan has a tropical wet and dry climate (Köppen climate classification Aw), with a lengthy wet season and relatively constant temperatures throughout the course of the year. Ibadan’s wet season runs from March through October, though August sees somewhat of a lull in precipitation. This lull nearly divides the wet season into two different wet seasons. November to February forms the city’s dry season, during which Ibadan experiences the typical West African harmattan. The mean total rainfall for Ibadan is 1420.06 mm, falling in approximately 109 days. There are two peaks for rainfall, June and September. The mean maximum temperature is 26.46 C, minimum 21.42 C and the relative humidity is 74.55%.


The city is naturally drained by four rivers with many tributaries: Ona River in the North and West; Ogbere River towards the East; Ogunpa River flowing through the city and Kudeti River in the Central part of the metropolis. Ogunpa River, a third-order stream with a channel length of 12.76 km and a catchment area of 54.92 km2.

Ibadan is located in southwestern Nigeria in the southeastern part of Oyo State about 120 km east of the border with the Republic of Benin in the forest zone close to the boundary between the forest and the savanna. The city ranges in elevation from 150 m in the valley area, to 275 m above sea level on the major north-south ridge which crosses the central part of the city. The city's total area is 3,080 square kilometres (1,190 sq mi).


center that it is today. trading activities in the area, and Ibadan shortly grew into the major commercial had swelled to 120,000. The British developed the new colony to facilitate their population By then, the [3]

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