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It is exactly one week I returned from Ibadan. I didn’t know what to expect when I left Lagos to Ibadan. I just knew I wanted to have a good time and explore as much as I could. I wanted to have a good vacation. I must say I did. I stayed in Agodi, which was a very cool and calm area. I loved it more at night because of the silence and the fresh air took care of my skin. Light wasn’t much of an issue. Just on and off but it was enough to charge the laptop as I was always watching Jenifa. That lady is another story that will be told for generations.

Wednesday- My first night was at Watershed, a very big restaurant. I, Cleo, Toyin and Sylvia were greeted with waiters who wanted to serve us drinks, Asun, rice, pepper soup and every other thing they were mentioning. I suspected they were paid on commission. So, all waiter to his own hustle. It was late and so we settled for just drinks.
My Ibadan experience
Thursday- I went to the market. Ibadan is such a busy tone when it wants to be. The drivers were calling for passengers. The bike guys were rushing to their destination just so they will return. Beggars were hustling their way too. It was so much happening at the same time. I could deal with it because Lagos! We stopped at gate and did a few shopping and we returned.
 My Ibadan experience
Friday- My lovely day. Sylvia and I explored a lot. We visited the legendary Mapo hall with its huge pillars and large space. Wow. We took some pictures and left. They couldn’t open the hall for us to enter but I heard that from the top of the hall, you can view the whole,of Ibadan. I wish I experienced that.
My Ibadan experience
My Ibadan experience



My Ibadan experience

The view from Mapo hall (back gate).

My Ibadan experience
We went to University of Ibadan and once again I was happy. It was my first time being in the campus and it reminded me of my school days. Everyone was going somewhere. We didn’t go there alone. We went with Ibrahim (a friend I met during NYSC) and he took us to a restaurant called Klazz. The name made me laugh though but the food was great. Did I tell you the food was bough for N100? You have to go to the counter, order, pay and get a receipt. You will then take the receipt to where food is being served. When I was ordering for food, I was expecting to hear a fixed price but I had the chance to order for rice for as low as N35! One spoon of rice cost N35 multiplied by the number of spoons you want. Good things are in Ibadan. Even as a student, I ‘paid well’ for meals.
My Ibadan experience
My Ibadan experience
My Ibadan experience
My Ibadan experience
My Ibadan experience
From there, we went to Ventura. It felt very much like Shoprite just that the signature brands like Domino, Cold Stone etc were not there. We saw a movie “Last trip to Jamaica ” and that was pretty much how we ended the day. It was amazing.
Saturday– I went for the Colours and Grey Bloggers Forum with Sylvia and it was cool. The venue was really beautiful. With the stories about Ibadan being local, you won’t believe it had such an awesome place. I met with other bloggers (most of which I see on Instagram) and I was glad to connect with them. I also got some gifts from the event and I will dedicate a post to it. I was happy to see Tosin Toge and Mystique Dammy again. We met at CAG Lagos edition. 
My Ibadan experience
My Ibadan Experience
My Ibadan Experience
Sunday- On returning, I had a goaty experience. If you follow me on Instagram (follow me, biko) you would have read where I talked about it. These goats had no mercy but I don’t blame them. I don’t understand how we pack goats in a boot and expect them to be steady when the vehicle will be so hot. I had to hang my legs in the air and deal with the smell from their skin and hot urine.
Other amazing facts you will like to know about Ibadan is that they have affordable transportation. You can move around with about N1000 and still return with change. In Lagos, that’s a dream we are praying for.
Ibadan have lots of farmers and that explains why food is cheap and they also have lots of bread investments. I love the breads I ate in Ibadan and I got some for my family. They loved it too.
Then lastly, when next you are traveling to or returning from Ibadan, make sure they don’t put a goat or even fowl under your legs. Not even bags!!!! They need to be taught that we are humans and not animals.
Have you ever been to Ibadan? What was the experience like?

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  1. GraysBibi

    November 7, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Nice post. I’m glad you loved it there. I actually spent about 6 years of my life in IB. Undergraduate plus NYSC. I should go back soon tho!

    • Ollie

      November 15, 2016 at 2:24 am

      Wow. Did you do the NYSC thing on purpose? Thought you will have every tendency to serve in the east or south. Ibadan is refreshing. You should visit soon. Thanks for stopping by dear.

  2. Sapphire

    November 8, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Ibadan is a beautiful place and will always hold sweet memories for me. My Secondary sch was in Ibandan and because of competitions and friends I got to explore the city. Am glad u had a great time.

    • Ollie

      November 15, 2016 at 2:27 am

      Which area was your secondary school? I’m sure you rocked it for as long as it lasted. Thank you reading dear.

  3. Niella

    November 8, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Well… My experience with Ibadan had no goat on it..
    I left for Ibadan form ekiti where I was serving… Went to visit a friend who works with FILM HOUSE cinemas.. Cos they were about to round up another construction..
    I felt like a queen.. Entered the movie hall without buying ticket… And they brought my sharwama for me inside the movie hall.. Saw two movies…. Got back.. Saturday.. Market experience… Yeah. Ibadan everybody has thrown struggle.. Especially the way the bikes would be begging for passengers ehn…

    • Ollie

      November 15, 2016 at 2:29 am

      Haaaa! Kindly do a post telling is where you find so friends. We need them in our lives. Ibadan is a very busy town. Really! So many things going on at the same time especially in the market area.

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  6. Ajibike Oyinda

    December 18, 2016 at 12:54 am

    I am glad you had a wonderful time in Ibadan. Kudos to you! You did explore well. Hit me up when next you’re around and I will extend your knowledge of places. Nice seeing you again! And congrats on your award.


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