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contents CREDITS Editors

Design & Layout

Adetunji Ilori Ayotomiwa Sijuade

Tonye Ekine Jideonu Awulonu Dolapo Adebayo

Asst. Editors

15 culture & heritage

39 shopping

25 dining out

55 explore

Tonye Ekine Samuel Awotayo Alyssa Gopeesingh Content Developer

Public Relations Oyinkansola Sadiq Micheal Ogunyebi

Art Director

Field Operations

Kunmi Owopetu

Gabriel Okpiko



Temitope Efuwape Oluwatosin Busari Jennifer Onwudiwe Ronke Adeleke Rolayo Williams Tani Soneye Toye Sokunbi Lolade Koleosho Yemi Oluwakanni Abayomi Aderibigbe

Seyi Balogun Wunmi Amida Stephanie Edeh Ose Ediale Deborah Imo Bassey Angel Mbukanma Ewaoluwa Oni Oluwatoni Oyetunde Eric Korie Olamide Laditan Roy Media Sir Kenayo Bolaji Kolapo Eucharia Alozie

Allen Akinbobola Muyideen Shittu Damilola Olamiteju Olowolaju Peter Adegboyega Segun Olanrewaju

79 what’s on


Temitope Efuwape

Marketing and Advertisement

67 Health & beauty


Marketing Consultant DigiMart Consult Ltd

Website Oluwatobi Lafinhan Omotade Faweya Photography Kunmi Owopetu Models Bank Tosin Akinyemiju Tomiwa Akin-Onigbinde Yosola Davies Partners

93 nightlife

105 accommodation

121 sports

Cover Page Femi Johnson Broking House by Kunmi Owopetu


A3 Building Merchants


Genera Gas


Palms Shopping Mall Ibadan


Adebayo Akande Hall


Geohill Papers and


Perfume Shop


Adis Hotel

Wedding Cards






Gizmo World


Princeton Health Ltd


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Graceful Oaks


Reves Clothing


Belgonia Hotel


Hotel Direct Ltd


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Carlton Gate


Jericho Mall


Sell Out


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Jofes International


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Casa Lucio


Kakanfo Inn


Splash Fm




Kids Castle


Strings and Straps


Champs House


Kili Ceramics




Children of Promise


Knight Cabs


Teol’s Place


Choc Party


Lagelu Fm


The K Centre


City Link Courier Ltd


La Maison Hotel


Tutti Frutti


Classicus Inn


Lead City High School


Vanguard Pharmacy


D-Ril Spa


Legacy Homes


Ventura Arcade


David N David


Lemz Delivery


Davies Hotel


Marthas Kitchen


Dove Spa


Mauve 21


Exquisito Confectioneries


Oldtown Hotel




Pacesetter Transport


Filmhouse Cinema


Gbese Custom Apparels

Ventura Bowling

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WELCOME The Christmas season is our favorite time of the year in Ibadan; it is a time when many return to enjoy the best of the season with friends and family. This edition of the IBCITY INFO city guide is the last for the year 2015 and what a year it has been. There is so much to love about the city of Ibadan these days; the people are full of warmth thanks to a good system of governance, a growing economy and an unstoppable creative drive. We at IBCITY INFO have remained steadfast to our vision of promoting the city. From investigating ancient buildings in the town to cosmopolitan night outs in the city, this edition uncovers the best the city has to offer. Naturally, the magazine is bursting with reviews on the best restaurants, markets, nightclubs, stores and hotels in a bid to ensure your entire stay in the city is both relaxing and exciting. We have continued with the trend of adding a new section in each edition. The laudable development that the city has been undergoing in recent years continues, and we have introduced a new section called Home & Property. The discount coupons are our way of showing our appreciation and do endeavor to use them this Christmas. Our website is running and we implore you to visit the site on to access premium and exclusive information about this great city of Ibadan. We also understand the importance of mobile technology in Nigeria and Africa as a whole, which is why we have decided to launch our personalized app in the coming year. Indeed, there is so much to see, both in this edition of the magazine and the city at large. We implore that as you, partake in the season of Christmas with us, you take considerable time to savor and experience the fullness of Ibadan. As we enter a new year, we will like to extend a warm season’s greeting to you and your families. On behalf of the whole Ibcity Info Editorial Team, we wish you a very Happy Christmas and a truly prosperous New Year. Hope you enjoy perusing through the magazine.

Balogun Oderinlo Statue




Hannah Idowu Dideolu Adelana (November 1951 - September 2015)

Illustration by Blake Art

Ibadan is famous for its rich heritage and ancient culture. With a history that dates back to the 16th century, the city’s authentic wealthy trove of culture, craft, art, philosophy, tradition, and architecture makes it a perfect destination for sightseers and history enthusiasts.


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any buildings in Nigeria today were constructed during the colonial era that started in the late 1800s till Independence in 1960. These buildings have remained and become fundamental parts of our culture, heritage and lifestyle. The early 1900s and the Start of a Movement The beginning of the 1900s was the era of change for most Nigerians. It was a time when the British were just settling into their new roles as administrators that meant that several structures were being commissioned all around the region. Ibadan has two prominent colonial structures, Mapo Hall, and the Bower’s Tower, which were designed by the same person. Mapo Hall The Mapo Hall was designed by the Municipal Engineer assigned to the region, Robert Taffy Jones in 1925 and commissioned on October 5, 1929, by Sir Creame Thompson, the British Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria at the time. The hall was built during the reign of Baale Oyewole as a venue for administrative meetings, and ceremonial functions. The total cost of the building was £24,000, and that was a fortune back then. The entire floors of Mapo Hall are covered with polished fieldstones, and the whole interior is done to intricate details. The hall measures 48.9m in length, 44m in width wide and is 11.5m high. It can accommodate up to 700 people at a time. Mapo Hall remains arguably the crown jewel of colonial architecture in Western Nigerian. Currently, the Hall serves as an event and civic center where important functions and occasions in the city are held.


Mapo Hall

Bower’s Tower On top of Oke Aare is Bower’s Tower, a memorial that was erected in honor of Captain Ross Lister Bower, the first British resident and Travelling Commissioner that was in charge between 1893 and 1897. Taffy Jones, who was also responsible for building Mapo Hall just a few years earlier, designed the tower in the early 30’s. The structure is 60 feet tall and 11 square feet wide with two entrances. Residents nicknamed it after its 49-step spiral stairway that twists concentrically within the belly of the building and opens up at the top popularly call it Layipo. From the top of the tower (275m above sea level), one has a breath-taking panoramic view of Ibadan, and that makes Bower’s Tower one of the famous tourists attraction in Ibadan. Mid 90s, Fry and Drew, and the Modernist Movement Max Fry and Jane Drew who were both renowned architects were put in charge of designing the school complex for the University of Ibadan from 1953 to 1959. The concrete domes of the mosque is an example of striking pieces of engineering that introduced “curves” onto the campus. The Kenneth Dike Library buildings with its vast bulk enclosed molded concrete screens was built to refresh students with a soothing cross-breeze. Some of the other buildings influenced by modernism include the Ivory Tower, the school chapel, Trenchard Hall and the Alexander Brown Hall in the University College Hospital. The Brutality of the Mid 90s Brutalism is a variant of the modernist and is essentially a style based on the shaped and molded forms of concrete. It is commonly used for massive buildings, the result of which

Femi Johnson Broking House

Bowers tower

The Cocoa House Established in 1965, the Cocoa House at the time represented a breakthrough of colossal proportions for architecture in the region. The high-rise building has 25 floors and at a height of 105m, it towers above every other building in the in the city even till date. The total cost of the building then was in the tune of £900,000 most of which came from the proceeds made from the Cocoa business of the defunct Western Region of Nigeria. It recently had its 50 years anniversary and is undergoing a facelift.

The Cocoa house

usually makes the buildings look like fortresses. The most famous example is the Cocoa House, the first skyscraper in Nigeria. Other buildings that made use of the Brutalist style is the Agbowo Shopping Complex Tower and the former Cooperative western bank of Nigeria which was built together with the Obisesan Hall, the city’s first event center.

The late 90s and the Postmodernism Postmodernism (also called International style architecture) started around the mid-50s but did not gain momentum until the end of the 1970s and has since continued to influence the way buildings are designed and built today. Years after gaining independence, many Nigerian architects and engineers returned home with knowledge e about the International style of design which led to a switch of buildings from the brutalist to a more innovative and conventional style of architecture. It was during this time that the famous Femi Johnson Broking House was built. Broking House The Femi Johnson Broking House is the first steel glass framed building in Nigeria. The 12-floor highrise building was constructed in 1985 by contractors Cappa and D’Angelo using High Trop, a postmodernism movement described as architecture of glass boxes. High Trop buildings are usually modern with a central air conditioning system. The Broking House today houses many of the city’s top firms in the city and is still considered in Nigeria as one of the architectural marvels of the 20th century. 17

Cultural Art in


Ibadan Globally, sculptures and statues are considered as symbolic art forms that depict many important facets of history, culture and tradition. They take many shapes and offer a tremendous insight into the practices, lifestyle and people who they were created to represent. Ibadan is blessed with an abundance beautiful cultural art. Many of these are located around the city, even at roundabouts. The statutes are all different yet each tells a tale of the Yoruba people and their culture.


Gudugudu drums statue

“Nigeria’s Mathematical Forward,” Patrick Olusegun Odegbami is a legend deserving of a statue erected in his honor at the Liberty Stadium. Born in 1952, the speedy footballer played for beloved Shooting Stars (formerly IICC) during his entire footballing career. A graduate of the Polytechnic Ibadan, Odegbami was part of the Shooting Stars team that won the Cup Winners Cup in 1976, the first continental title to be won by any Nigerian club side. He also led Nigeria to its first African Nations Cup title in 1980.


The Shekere statue

The Shekere is a musical instrument, which originated in West Africa. It is made from dried gourd with beads woven into a net covering the gourd. The instrument is quite popular and is deemed an extremely personal item in Yoruba folklore, however, a son is allowed to inherit his father’s in the event of the father’s demise. Among the Yoruba, the Shekere holds religious and historical significance. Due to the legacy of slavery, the instrument began to take roots in other cultures spanning from the Americas to the Caribbean.

Gudugudu drums are percussionist instrument with origins in Yoruba land. The drum is shaped like a bowl with an animal skin pulled over it. This statue pays homage to the musical instrument, which is thought by many experts to be the oldest of Yoruba drums. Even though the Gudugudu plays as an accompaniment to the extended dundun family of Yoruba talking drums, it is often said that the rhythm of the gudugudu is so rich and vibrant that it could cater for an entire party on its own.

Patrick Olusegun Odegbami statue

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HANNAH IDOWU DIDEOLU AWOLOWO • November 25, 1915 – Born Hannah Idowu Dideolu Adelana in Ikenne community of Ogun state to Chief Moses Odugbemi Adelana (Prince) and Elizabeth Oyesile-Adelana, a businesswoman, and a member of IjebuRemo royalty. Attended Saint Saviours Anglican School, Saint Peter’s School and Methodist Girls’ High School, Lagos. • December 26, 1937 – Married to Obafemi Awolowo Had five children: Olusegun, Omotola, Oluwole, Ayo, and Tokunbo, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, one of whom is the wife of Nigeria’s Vice

President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbanjo • 1944 – 1949: Founded Dideolu Stores Ltd, Ligu Distribution Services Ltd, backed the founding of Nigerian Tribune which later expanded to include the African Newspapers of Nigeria Ltd and African Press Ltd in 1949 which she was the chairperson of till her death. • 1957 – First Nigerian distributor for Nigerian Tobacco Company and first to import lace materials and other textiles into Nigeria. • 1962 – 1966: Played an active role in the politics of Western Nigeria. She

stood in for her husband in the alliance formed between the NCNC and the AG called the United Progressive Grand Alliance (UPGA) • 1979 – 1983: Campaigned alongside her husband as a political candidate of the Unity Party of Nigeria, coordinating the women’s wing of the party and was always present at all party caucuses. • 1980 - she was conferred the title of Yeye Oba of Ile-Ife by late Oba Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse II • May 9, 1987 – Widowed following the death of Obafemi Awolowo. • September 19, 2015 – Died, aged 99, at her residence in Ikenne, Ogun state. HID Awolowo was many things to many people. A wife to her late husband. A mother to her children (both biological and adopted). A businesswoman. An entrepreneur. An astute politician. An avid reader, even till her great end, she kept abreast of everything happening in the country and the world. Her famous nickname, “Jewel of Inestimable value”, given to her by her husband is a testament of the immense contribution she made to her husband’s political career and achievements and the growth, expansion and success of the Awolowo dynasty. However, she is not just a matriarch of the Awolowo line; she is the First Lady of the Western Region of Nigeria, the Yeye Oba of the Yoruba’s, an icon of the nation and an example of how we all want to live and die.

Hannah Idowu Dideolu Adelana

The Art of Cane Weaving Credit:

Nigerians have a rich heritage of being talented at creating and crafting timeless pieces of art; one of which is ‘cane weaving’. The word ‘’cane’’ may evoke different meanings to different people; individuals with an African upbringing may think of it as an instrument of discipline while some may quickly think of sweet sugar cane. However, the ‘cane’ being referred to is the material derived from the peeled bark or skin of the rattan vine, material that is responsible for one of the oldest art forms of the Yoruba people. For generations, man has recognized the beauty of art created with the cane. Cane weaving is dated back to pre-colonial times when the majority of goods made were baskets, mats and other simple household items.


Ojo Obaniyi

works. Some weavers even create dramatic art forms that fit well into this new era of technology and innovation.

Ojo Obaniyi, an artisan and Ibadan resident, made history by creating the first cane woven car in the world. He covered the interior and exterior of his Volkswagen pickup beautifully with raffia In current times, cane weaving has palm cane, including the entire body of undergone a massive evolution from the car, the wheel caps, chairs, steering being just a simple craft to one that wheel and dashboard. produces intricate and fascinating art When asked how he managed to come forms including furniture and upholstery up with such an innovative idea he said, 20

‘’...I merely applied the skills I have to what is going on around me. I was brought up in the Yoruba weaving culture, and I just wanted to make something that most people in this generation can relate to’’ Many attribute the gradual decline of tradition, culture and heritage among the newer generation to technology and modernization but the words as spoken by Obaniyi foster hope that our culture can coexist with the emergence of modern society.






Marthas Kitchen

DINING OUT Ibadan is bursting with diverse flavours from different corners of the world.

Kabachi Restaurant

THE BEST NEW RESTAURANTS OF 2015 Ibadan comes alive at the mention of food, from our local delicacies like Amala or Lafun with Abula and Ogunfe to intercontinental dishes like Chinese rice with chicken kiev. The city offers a wide variety depending on taste bud preferences and budget. IBCity Info shortlists few new restaurants to dine at this season. (January – December 2015) Kabachi Chinese and Fusion Bistro Kabachi is a Chinese restaurant, at the Ventura Mall, which opened earlier this year. They are known for quality customer service, and their “hot towel” welcome is not found anywhere else in Ibadan. The waiters are eager to attend to your table and ensure that your order is served 26

promptly. The ambiance is classy with jazz music, rhythm, and blues or old school hits playing in the background. The place is tastily furnished with bronze interior décor and beautiful furniture. Their menu will have you salivating. They offer dishes such as beef and broccoli, Kung Pao chicken, braised fish in soy sauce. Dishes are served with fried rice or steamed rice and come in medium or large portions; or many other side dish options. They also serve soups like chicken sweetcorn soup and Peking soup. There is a special Kiddies Menu with dishes such as popcorn chicken and fish and chips. For Kabachi restaurant, their greatest pride is the Teppanyaki, which is the hibachi grill in the middle of the restaurant where customers can see their meals being cooked by a skilled chef. The most popular dishes cooked on the

Teppanyaki include Hibachi fish, chicken, shrimp, steak, vegetables, and salmon. If you need a place for a family lunch or dinner, reunion, birthday dinner or even a proposal, Kabachi Is a hotspot this season. The Mauve Restaurant Mauve Lounge is widely known as one of the most exclusive nightlife stops in Ibadan. However, they also have an excellent restaurant that comes alive in the night. They serve a variety of local and continental dishes but specialize in local dishes. There are many delicious meals including the Mauve Specials. The specials are unique dishes, namely: Oke-Ibadan; palm oil stew with various meat that comes in large chunks. Ikolaba; rice, mixed with prawns, shrimp, beef, chicken, green and red pepper and cabbage served with fried plantain. Eran Dimeji; beef fillet steak in rum black

pepper sauce, served with French fries. Alaja; a large croaker fish, marinated in sweet and spicy vegetable sauce served with fried yam, plantain, and French fries. Mauve has the facilities and expertise to cater all to events, from a romantic dinner for two or a party of fifty. Latitude Café and Lounge Latitude Café and Lounge in Ventura Mall is one of the hottest spots in Ibadan since it’s opening earlier this year. It is an excellent choice for a bar to hangout with your friends on a weeknight or weekend, and they offer exquisite cuisine. They serve a variety of meals ranging from breakfast meals to intercontinental dishes. Their best dishes include fried rice, sweet and sour prawns and club sandwiches. They are tech-savvy, and their waiters skilfully use scooters around the restaurant, which adds to the modern and hip atmosphere. They serve both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages; for a healthy option try their Classic Fruit Punch which is a divine blend of pineapple juice,

Latitude Lounge


orange juice, and mango juice. Jade’s Cuisine Jade’s Cuisine is a new and upcoming venue on Queen Elizabeth Road, Mokola. The pink and green architecture of this restaurant cannot be missed, and the inner décor is just as appealing. This is a fast food restaurant and food is served within minutes. They offer dishes

such as Jollof rice, fried rice, Ofada, swallow, chicken and chips and moinmoin. They currently serve soft drinks and water. The prices are affordable, and their dishes are of good quality. This restaurant is fairly new, and they are expected to expand their menu and services in the future.

Latitude Lounge






Holiday recipes from Mauve’s Kitchen Head Chef

Oke Ibadan

Eran Dimeji


Eran Dimeji • Flatten steak with rollers • Season with barbecue sauce, maggi, salt and beef seasoning • Wrap and put in the fridge for 15 minutes • Put in the grill and wait till it’s cooked. (Prepare Gravy) • Cut stock meat with carrots and cabbage • Grill for a while • Pour it into boiling water and let it steam • Add black pepper and maggi. • Fry in flour • Serve with chips and red wine Oke Ibadan • Fry palm oil and onions • Add fresh pepper and tomatoes • Add offals and diced beef • Serve with white rice and plantain








Palms Shopping Mall

Oje Market

SHOPPING Shopping in the city has been evolving at an impressive rate in recent time, and this transformation is largely thanks to a burgeoning community of malls and street shops.

Jingle Bags, Jingle Bags Wherever a settlement exists, a market is bound to spring up as well. In most regions of Nigeria, there is a market in almost every major residential area, and Ibadan is no different. Nearly every market in the city runs true to the saying, “Jack of all trades�, with a slight twist at the end because they are definitely masters of all rather than none. You can find food produce, household items, abattoirs, fruits and even car parts in most of the major indigenous markets here in the city. These markets are like open-air departmental stores that sell any and every kind of consumable items. The Dugbe Market got its name from the city’s center of commercial activites. The popular Bank Road runs parallel to the market, the old railway station is based here as is a police station and somewhere not too far off are


Bodija Market

Aerial view of Dugbe


the adjoining Cocoa and Heritage Malls; the first two shopping malls to be built in the city. If you plan on visiting any of these markets, make sure you bring a full purse because there are so many things to see you’ll probably want to buy the whole market, and who knows? Maybe you might, given how affordable things are here. From Bodija market, down to Ojoo or Beere market on the other side, one can find a variety of food produce, food ingredients, fruits, as well as other non-consumable household goods and services. For those who don’t like the hassle of large markets, there are smaller options like Gate, Sango or Yemetu Markets although things the cost of items here may be a bit steeper.

The Mix

The modern shopping scene in Ibadan is a different experience. The city has become a thriving ground for real estate business especially Malls. In the space of 2 years, 4 shopping malls have been built with the Jericho mall undergoing construction. The malls are a good destination for those who prefer not to haggle over food prices or get pulled at from every side by those indignant indigenous market sellers looking to attract buyers to their wares. Shoprite Group of Companies, Africa’s largest food retailer, operates in two of the city’s malls; Heritage Mall and the Palms Shopping Mall at Ring-Road, the latter being the largest supermarket in Subsahara Africa. They sell a wide selection of goods from locally produced ones

to those imported from other countries. There’s also a deli counter and several aisles that hold large selections of gift items, household goods, and frozen food section. All around the city there are other well maintained and high-end supermarkets that carry affordable goods in accommodating surroundings. (For a list of other shopping stores, check our reviews page) If you ever do decide to shop in Ibadan, you will be spoilt for choice in deciding which market to shop. There is always something extra you’d like. The question will no longer be, “which one is cheaper or affordable”, it’ll be more of “which one am I in the mood to shop in today?”

Max Store


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Airtel Nigeria, one of the leading telecommunications company in Nigeria has an outlet in the mall for sim card registration, mobile phone purchases and lots more. The queue here is usually moderate which means you get to save time.

Apollo’s Lounge Apollos is highly rated when it comes to lounges in the city. Their delicious cocktails, good music and overall vibe make the lounge one of the choicest places to chill with friends and work colleagues.


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Set in the middle of the mall, this award-winning brand retailer of fashion jewellery is perfect for women who love accessorizing. The store offers their customers unique fashion choices that are affordable, trendy and stylish in an upscale shopping environment.

CasaBella Casabella is a renowned beauty store that deals solely in quality products for people of different calibre. For imported and local brands of cosmetics, hair extensions, hair products and hair accessories, Casabella is a leading name in the country. The store also offers consultancy services for women.


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Cold Stone Creamery has a chain of shops around the country has remained one of the leading names in the country when it comes to delicious ice-cream. At any given time, the store has a wide array of freshly made ice cream and sorbet with different amazing flavours and toppings.

Dajcom Digital The tech/gadget store is one of the biggest in the city. The store’s showroom is filled with the newest and trendiest of electrical goods.


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The cloth store carries beautiful Ankara prints sectioned in various prices to meet the affordability of the buyer. Da Viva brings a whole new creative side to the Ankara fabric with a unique blend of elegance and colour.

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The cloth store carries beautiful Ankara prints sectioned in various prices to meet the affordability of the buyer. Da Viva brings a whole new creative side to the Ankara fabric with a unique blend of elegance and colour.

Diva Accessories They sell quality, fashionable and affordable jewellery. They have shoes and bags for all ages, and their wide array of products have positioned their brand perfectly to express the dynamic, vibrant styling, and distinctiveness of their products.


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A walk through their glass doors and one word immediately stick to mind. Quality. Enzo is the store where style and comfort births the ultra- modern classy man. They sell shoes, ties, shirts and other essential items of men’s fashion.

Essenza Essenza is one of the largest and oldest retailers of designer perfumes, cosmetics and skin care products in the country. They stock genuine fragrances from all the top designers in the world.


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The telecommunication giants have a customer service store in the mall where customers can resolve issues and also make enquiries.

Gene Bendi When it comes to selling intricate pieces of men’s footwear, Gene Bendi excels beyond its peers. Their shoes are bespoke and made to suit each individuals style. Gene Bendi has a vast collection to choose from, and the price of every item is quite affordable in terms of quality.


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The third of the telecommunications outfit in the mall. The shop is also a service outlet where customers can lodge complaints, resolve issues and also make enquiries.

Grandex Stores The supermarket is situated on the top floor near the escalator. They sell a host of versatile household items, cosmetics, grocery and gift items for affordable prices.


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House of Tara House of Tara is a makeup company with a vision to become a global powerhouse. The Nigerian-owned company carries several beauty products made to suit the African skin and climate.


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HealthPlus SHOP NO

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They provide high-quality healthcare products such as medicines, nutritional supplements, natural remedies, home medical equipment, mobility aids and pharmaceutical services, by certified and well-informed healthcare professionals, in a friendly and hygienic environment.

Invivo This Health and Beauty store can be divided into three sections. The first is a supermarket that sells different kinds of health and beauty items such as soaps, lotions, healthcare products, etc. The second section is a standard pharmacy where one can obtain most prescriptions while the third part of the store is a modern and classy unisex hair salon. The store also has a team of doctors and pharmacists.


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Located in the basement area of the mall, the Kentucky Fried Chicken is an international franchise that is most famous for its original recipe and the hot & spicy chicken that is cooked with the 11 secret herbs and spices. KFC’s superior chicken is cooked fresh every 40 minutes according to international standards.

LEGO LEGO products are designed to inspire creativity and fun in kids. The LEGO Shop is the only one of its kind in the city, and if you feel like setting the benchmark for gifts (toys) this Christmas, a visit to this store might just nick you the parent of the year award.


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Levi’s Converse SHOP NO


Separate the name and you have yourself two of the most popular clothing brands known to man, put it together and you have a store whose fashion statement is tasteful, stylish and comfortable.

MAX Max sells affordable, fashionable branded merchandise for men, women, and children along with footwear, home wares and accessories. An established super brand, Max strives to fulfil its brand promise of ‘More Fashion More Value’ to its customers by offering merchandise designed in-house and manufactured to stringent quality standards at incredible prices.


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M∙A∙C Cosmetics is a prestigious international brand. They take great pride in producing the finest quality makeup and the latest fashionable shades of their famous matte lipsticks. Their well-skilled staff is one of the reasons for their high patronage.

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At Med Plus, they stock and sell a wide range of prescription drugs locally produced or imported. They also sell health and beauty products that you can also have delivered to the location of your choice.

Mobos Mobo’s meets the demand for unique high-end clothing and accessories for women. It is a classy boutique that caters to women between the ages of 25 and 50 years.


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Montaigne place provides luxury cosmetics and fragrances. The brands they sell include the likes of Creed, Lalique, Dr Murad, Chanel, Christian Dior, Yesforlove and many more.

Mozaya Classic Mozzaya sells one of the best fajitas in Ibadan. Apart from selling regular meals, they also specialize in making exquisite dishes from the Middle East.


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This was the pioneer fast food chain in Nigeria. The restaurant is styled after McDonald’s and is well known for its red and yellow colour scheme. They serve different types of pastries and Nigerian dishes.

Party Zone As the store name clearly implies, Partyzone is the place for getting trendy and awesome party decorations. They are also creative party planners that help you plan and organize parties ranging from children’s birthdays to bachelorette parties.


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Pandora is an international chain of stores that sells intricate gems and fashion accessories for women only. Pandora is where elegance and class get incorporated into tasteful jewellery for the super stylish woman.

PEP PEP store is one shop that is open to all. The store is known for its very affordable prices and range of wears to suit toddlers and adult requirements.


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Play Nigeria is one of the newest additions to the mall. The brand is one of the leading tech stores in the city that sells brand new and affordable tech gadgets. mobile phones, tablets, televisions, laptops, video games of different brands are just some of the products you can get here.

Puma Puma is one of the world’s leading brands of sports footwear, apparel and accessories. Puma offers performance and sport-inspired lifestyle products in all the major interest groups including football, running, training, fitness, golf and motorsports.


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QMB Builders Mart Limited is Nigeria’s leading building materials’ one-stop shop for Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects, Buy It Yourself Developers, Builders, Construction Professionals and for general home improvement.

Ruff ‘n’ Tumble Ruff and Tumble is one of the leading brands in children and teenager clothing. Their goal is making pieces that allow dynamic young Nigerian to express their personal style.


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Shoprite is the leading grocery retailer across Africa and the top choice for many consumers worldwide. They are famous for their decent and affordable pricing. The major supermarket is well sectioned and labelled for easy customer access.

Solat Telecoms For smartphones, gadgets and phone accessories. Solat Telecoms ventures into selling an extensive variety of gadgets.


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Founded in 1986, Sports World is a sports and fitness retail chain located in most modern malls in Nigeria. They deal with different kinds of sport and gym equipment.

Swatch Swatch is a global name when it comes to watches, sports watches especially. Their timepieces are arranged and built to last through even the harshest conditions. This store not only sell watch sports watches but luxury watches as well.



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Teol’s Place The modern boutique has an abundance of quality wears and accessories; from dinner gowns and casual shoes to intricate pieces of accessories, this store is the go-to place for the trendy and stylish.


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The boutique supplies a wide array of fashion needs for both men and women. The prices here may seem a bit steep but then quality never does come cheap.

Time Keepers Timekeepers deal majorly in various wristwatches such as Polo, Swatch, Rolex, etc. for both men and women. They also sell authentic brands of eyewear


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Twice as Nice


Twice as nice provides decent corporate wears of different top quality brands at unbelievable prices.

UL 45 T.M.Lewin The thing with names like TM Lewin is that you know what you are going to get. The popular brand at Palms mall offers quality formal wears for both sexes at great prices.



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This is the only cinema around the Ring-Road/Oluyole area. The cinema shows only the latest blockbusters, and there is a reception where moviegoers can get popcorn and drink.

VAVA FURNITURE Vava furniture is one of the newest additions to the mall. The store is filled to brim with creative and modern furniture for your living room, kitchen, bedroom, boardroom or office.


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Yudala SHOP NO

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They are one of the most reliable source for original products ranging from phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, scanners, printers, accessories, consumables and more at and the best price. They are one of the newest additions to the mall.






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EXPLORE Ibadan is home to many firsts; the first University, the first skyscraper, the first Television station and so on. There are more than enough interesting attractions in the city to keep you occupied for the duration of your stay. Ventura Arcade

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Agodi Gardens Since its recent refurbishment, the park has seen a turnaround and has become a favourite destination for many in the city. The ambience of the park is ideal for every kind of event. There is a playground for kids, an artificial lake with boats, a state of the art swimming pool with several slides and the animals in the mini-zoo are exciting and fun to watch, so long as you remember not to feed the monkeys! Zoological Gardens The University Of Ibadan Zoological Gardens began as a Menagerie for the Department of Zoology at the University. It was not until 1974 when the variety of animals increased that it became a full-fledged zoo. With an assortment of animals, the zoo is home to different kinds of animals, thus providing visitors with a rounded experience of the wildlife available in the world beyond the state and even the country.


Cocoa House and Heritage Museum The former tallest building in Africa towered at a height of 105metres and was built in 1965 from proceeds of the crop it is named after. The idea for this building was conceived by Chief Obafemi Awolowo, then Premier of the Western Region of Nigeria and is currently managed by the O’dua Investment Group made up of the governments of Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ondo and Ekiti states. It

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is home to the Heritage Museum with exhibits cultural memorabilia from ancient times set against the backdrop of a now modern society. Botanical Gardens The first of its kind in this part of the world, The University of Ibadan Botanical Gardens is home to a variety of plants and trees some of which are classified as endangered. The garden is dedicated to restoring and improving research

on plant life all over the world. Only a fraction of the proposed land has been used to cultivate the plant life presently existing there, but a total of one hundred acres of land is currently being developed to enable the garden support in situ conservation programmes for a broad range of endangered and threatened plants.

signature spiral staircase is only wide enough to fit a single person at a time. The view of the city from the top of the tower is unparalleled to any other height in Ibadan. In simple terms, you can see everything from the upper part of Bower’s Tower.

Lekan Salami Stadium The Lekan Salami Stadium is home to one of Nigeria’s oldest football clubs, The University of Ibadan The Institution became the first University the Ibadan Shooting Stars Sports Club, popular known as 3SC. It can fit 18,000 in Nigeria after it was established in people in its stands, and it is a multiNovember 1948. The university is home to the zoological garden, botanical garden purpose stadium located at Adamasingba and the largest library in West Africa (The in Mokola, Ibadan, which is why it is Kenneth Dike Library). It is also the alma also called Adamasingba Stadium. It has mater of the first African Nobel Laureate, an indoor sports hall that has recently been renovated where athletes can play Wole Soyinka. The University of Ibadan indoor games even though the stadium has its fair share of greatness existing within and passing through it. Its famed theatre arts department has also produced some of the entertainment industry’s biggest names. It was recently voted the best in the nation regarding Educational standards Mapo Hall Located on top of the famed Mapo Hill, the Town Hall is one of Ibadan city’s most important landmarks. Built during the colonial era, the Hall was the first in the city. It became the primary administrative centre under British colonial rule. It, however, suffered neglect and fell into dilapidation following the subsequent power tussle in the succeeding years, until 2008 when it was renovated. It has now become the place for most events organised by the city’s social elite. Bower’s Tower This historical relic and landmark site was named after the first British Colonial Officer of the city, Captain Robert Lister Bower. The same person designed the tower (find out who) who designed the Mapo Hall. It stands at sixty feet, but its

then British West Africa territory. It M.B became autonomous after the Federal Government detached it from the University of Ibadan. In 1987, it moved out of the University to its present permanent headquarters at Ojoo. The institute is known for its extensive Agricultural research has attracted individuals from all over the world to study within its walls. Cocoa Research Institute The Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria was established on 1st December 1964 to replace the Nigerian chapter of the defunct West African Cocoa Research Institute with a responsibility to research and produce cocoa related crops that were disease free or disease-resistant. The institute is located at Ijebu-Ode

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primarily caters to football matches. NISER The Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research began as a think tank in the field of social and economic development for the colonial government in the 1950’s when it was called West African Institute for Social and Economic Research (WAISER) for the

road in Ibadan and so far has come up with over half a dozen new cocoa hybrids, a breakthrough of monumental proportions. Irefin Palace Built over two hundred years ago, Irefin Palace was at the one-time home of Olubadan. The palace was constructed with mud, and it has a whopping one



hundred and eighty-five rooms that are still occupied to date. Located at Beere in Ibadan city, the palace is open to tourists every day. Ventura Mall This is one of three shopping malls in Ibadan. Since its opening in 2014, it has arguably grown to become the hottest destination in the city. It has a cinema, a game arcade, a bowling alley, two high-end restaurants and so much more. Ventura mall is the perfect place for the family and all those seeking to have the ultimate day out. The place is always filled with activities certain to keep everyone glued to each floor of the mall. Old Oyo National Park The Park is located across Northern Oyo state and Southern Kwara state in what used to be part of the Old Oyo Empire, hence its name. Two Game Reserves from the Upper Ogun and Oyo-Ile were combined to create the park in 1952. It spans 960 square miles across Oyo state and its location positions it as the ideal area for wildlife and plant preservation.


Cultural Centre The centre was built for promoting to complement the FESTAC ’77 festival in Lagos. Located on Mokola Hill, the centre is home to a hall with a capacity to accommodate 1,500 people.

forest reserve area and a magnificent hotel where guests can stay while touring the picturesque grounds within or various other tourist attractions in the city.

National Museum of Unity This museum has so many fascinating NTA objects and relics from Nigeria’s The Ibadan branch of the Nigerian past, all exhibited under four distinct Television Authority began with the galleries in the museum; the Unity name Western Nigerian Government Broadcasting Corporation (WNTV). It was Gallery, the Masquerade Gallery, and the first television station in tropical Africa the Pottery Gallery and the Yoruba Gallery. It was opened in the year and began broadcasting on 31st October 2002, many decades after the idea for 1959. it was conceived as part of the effort to enhance unity among Nigerians. IITA It is the second of the four proposed The International Institute for Tropical museums of unity that has been Agriculture is a research institute located completed so far. around the Moniya in Ibadan, a short distance from the University of Ibadan. It was established in 1967 as a research partner in finding solutions to hunger, malnutrition; enhance food security, income and the welfare of resources. The institute is also home to a grand resort complete with a restaurant, golf course, sports complex, swimming pool, large


Food indulgence is a must during the holiday season and there are delicious bites to eat everywhere. Exquisito makes the best mouth-watering sugary mounds of goodness sure to give kids a sugar-high for months to come. The city is laden with ice cream lounges like Frostyz, Cold Stone Creamery and the new frozen yoghurt joint, Tutti Frutti where both kids and adults are spoilt for choice on where to go to enjoy a little treat.

KIDS Ibadan has many exciting attractions such as amusement parks, zoological gardens, cinemas, gaming arcades and lots of other childfriendly facilities that are bound to make this summer an unforgettable experience for the young ones.

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Childhood Perspective Christmas in Ibadan I always regarded Christmas as my favourite holiday and I would eagerly wait for December throughout the rest of the year. My family always considered the Christmas season to be the most exciting and fun-filled time of year. Growing up in Ibadan, there were so many things to look forward to at Christmas. There were numerous fun places to explore in the city, toys and gifts from loved ones and even Santa Claus and his big red bag of goodies. Decades later, I still consider Ibadan to be exciting and vibrant and by far my favourite place to spend the holidays. The city is buzzing with excitement and the Christmas lights and decorations scattered around everywhere add to the festive mood.

When I was younger, visiting the Zoological Gardens and the now defunct Trans Amusement Park were the highlights of the year. Nowadays, the city’s attractions seem to have doubled since I was a child. There are game arcades where kids can play inside and other venues that promote outdoor fun like the Fun Factory at Bodija, which has several swings and toys. The Agodi Gardens has a dedicated playground section just for kids, and its swimming hole has several exciting slides where children always enjoy themselves. There is endless fun everywhere you turn in Ibadan; especially around this season, as there are many more Christmas fun events. My childhood in Ibadan was very enjoyable, but the city has thrived and there are even more places to enjoy now that I am an adult. I find myself reminiscing and wishing to be a kid again so that I could experience all the new fun filled things around the city during this beautiful holiday season.

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SEVEN THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS THIS SEASON Christmas is on of the most important days of the year. Some might argue that right from the moment the “ember” months begin, the Christmas spirit gradually starts to make an appearance. The weather changes, the markets gets extremely busy with activities, and Santa Claus finally comes to town. Maybe while the little ones are still in school, we might get by not noticing but as soon as the second week in December rolls by and schools closed, the kids are home in anticipation of the festive celebrations. It can feel daunting, thinking about how to keep your kids engaged and entertained during the holiday season, but here are a few tips and ideas on things to do to keep your children busy and away from the devil’s roaming feet as he seeks for idle minds to occupy. 1. Have fun in the outdoors Take advantage of the holiday and visit a park like the Agodi Gardens which has a fun playground and acres of space for children to run around and play. They also get to meet other kids and build their social skills in the process. Having a picnic is also a great idea and is something the kids should enjoy. Make it extra fun with board games like monopoly, scrabble, ludo, snakes and

ladders, etc. 2. “Edutaining” visit the Zoo/Museum/ Gallery Even though the kids are on holiday, they can still learn and have fun along the way. Take them to the Zoo where they can learn about animals, see how they live and interact with them as well. You can also take them to the Museum of Unity where they can catch up on history, see ancient artefacts and have a complete, well-rounded experience on what it means to be Yoruba, Nigerian and African. 3. Go Shopping One of the most exciting things about the season is the shopping experience. Knowing kids, they will be looking forward to getting those new clothes, shoes and toys. Do not keep them out of the Christmas shopping, taking them has proven to be a real bonding experience and also a great way to find out what they want. You can also shop for festive decorations to put up together in the house. 4. Go for Carols Christmas will not be the same without the carols. These carols have a way of invoking those incredible feelings in most people. Nearly every church and school in the city will have a Carol service, and whether your child participates in the Carol or not, it will be a good experience for them and the

family during the holidays. 5. Take a family Christmas Photo Take a family portrait and get a graphics designer to make it into a customised ‘’Season’s Greetings’’ card that you can send to friends and family. It is a fun way to get the kids involved in the spirit of Christmas. 6. Visit Santa Claus This one goes without saying. It will not be a perfect Christmas without the kids paying a visit to Santa’s grotto with his big red stocking filled with gifts. Almost every television and radio station in the city host a Christmas party for kids during the season. 7. Visit the cinema Both the regular kind and the 7-dimensional ones are good ways to have fun with the kids this Christmas. There are lots of Christmas themed movies showing around this time of the year. You will enjoy watching them laugh, talk and squeal loudly in the theatre while their faces get stuffed full of popcorn and their eyes are glued to the cinema screens. Christmas is a time of caring and sharing. Share these activities with your kids and leave them with an unforgettable experience that they will talk about for many months. At least till the next Christmas season comes around.




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When was the last time you checked your weight? Do you know your BMI? Have you visited any gym lately, done situps, jogged or partook in any physical activity that made you sweat and made your heart race? These are pertinent questions one should often ask themselves (and other loved ones). We live in times when technology has caused total inactivity amongst people.

other serious medical ailments. Obesity also aids and abets many other medical conditions, as it is known to affect most of the organ systems in the body. So, what is obesity and how can it be quantified?

Most people have forgotten about the importance of real recreational activities. A fact that means quite many people now run the risk of gaining too much weight, and becoming obese.

Obesity means having excessive body fat that may be detrimental to one’s health. It is quantified through the Body Mass Index (BMI), which is a measure that calculates body fat by dividing the individual’s weight (in kilograms) by the square of the height (in meters). A score of 19-24.9 is classified as normal, 25-29.9 is overweight, and above 30 is obesity.

Being obese is a very dangerous condition, and many in Nigeria see obesity as “living the good life”. Obesity increases the risk of developing heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, Osteoarthritis, lower back pain and

Obesity is a serious problem that is afflicting more and more people every day due to increased intake of highcalorie foods especially fats and refined carbohydrates. Most experts will agree that the best way of combating obesity


is essentially through dieting and physical exercise. Exercise helps to burn off excess calories and is crucial when trying to lose weight. Aerobic exercises (jogging, skipping, cycling and brisk walking) are useful ways to get the heart pumping. Eating plenty of fruits and roughages while also reducing the intake of food that has high-calorie content is another habit to cultivate if you are already obese. Studies show that obesity is growing in Nigeria especially, and yet many don’t know about its dangers. Start learning a sport. Tennis, basketball, football or swimming are excellent physical activities that not only help you lose weight, but they improve brain functions too. Get on a healthy diet (do not starve yourself, or harm yourself in the name of losing weight), Jog, or take long walks regularly.


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BRAIDS The Braids District is located in Mokola, produce neat, stunning styles in a opposite St. Gabriels Catholic Church. short time. It is not necessary to book an appointment. At this location, there are talented stylists The cost of braiding in the Braid who are dedicated to making every District is very reasonable as city imaginable braided hairstyle. Their styles salons usually charge twice the range from simple braids to intricate, stylish price. Although there is a lack of patterns. Whether it is a traditional African proper and suave salon facilities, the style like the “Didi� or more modern styles raw talent of these local stylists along like Crochet Braids, Ghana Weaving, Kinky with their affordable prices are reasons or Box Braids, the Mokola Braids District to brave all the natural elements. has over the years remained known for its artistic styles of braids. A visit to the Mokola Braids District is bound to change your hair styling experience and At the Braids District, hair is braided quickly enlighten you about the beauty of braids. as the stylists are very efficient. They can










Unoaku Ayandike Temitope Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria

“After gaining admission to the University of Ibadan, Unoaku entered for the Miss U.I competition and ended as the first runner-up. Coming that far in the competition gave her the impetus she needed to enter the MBGN contest in 2014 but she eventually had to quit (due to her upcoming exams) despite making the final 36-women cut. A year later Unoaku was back and was fortunate to have a light school schedule. After a 3-week boot camp in Calabar that tested the extent of her mental and physical limits, Unoaku was crowned this year’s winner of the MBGN.”


The Palms Experience The Palms Mall, Ring Road, Ibadan, in conjunction with IBCITY INFO on the 17th of July, put together an entire day of sheer fun in Ibadan. The Palms Experience was free for all and it had music, dance, magic, and comedy performances in abundance. The event was hosted by Peteru, Ukay and Givenchy and it was packed full of performances by different artists such as Oyinkanade, Fabulous Pizzy, DJ Secxy, Tudey GTS, Appe Gang, Sheun Natural, Phizzle, Keanzo and many more while Magic fingers many tricks left the crowd in awe. The peak of the event was the performance by Nigeria’s latest sweetheart and the “Ello Bae” crooner Falz whose energetic performance befittingly rounded up the event.

WHAT’S ON There is always something going on in the city and the list is endless. Whether it is a live stage play or the Beat FM bar crawl, you are guaranteed an exciting and unforgettable social experience.

Rep Your Hood 6 Rep Your Hood, a show organized by Gberatinrin Studios is quickly becoming one of the most looked forward to events in the city. The 6th instalment of the event that was tagged #TheindustryConnectsPicnic took place on 27th of September at the Agodi Gardens. The show is aimed at providing a platform for Ibadan based artists to showcase their talents had several of the city’s prominent artists and OAPs in attendance to perform and also support the event.


The Palms Family Funfair For every Saturday in the month of August, The Palms Mall, Ring Road Ibadan, put together a wonderful funfair for families in Ibadan. There were numerous activities for children, young adults and even parents. From face painting to Lego construction, Ping-Pong, FIFA 15 tournament, DIY makeup challenge, and even free health checks for every family. The fourth week and Grand Finale was a colourful affair. The crowd were treated to numerous side attractions, and many went home with fantastic prizes such as free movie tickets to Viva Cinema, cash prizes, microwave ovens, electric appliances, LEGO toys and plenty more.

Opening of Mauve 21 Lounge The long awaited opening of the Mauve 21 Lounge took place on the 31st of July. The event was an all white party, and it certainly lived up to its hype as many from within and outside the city turned up in style to witness the magnificent opening ceremony. The night was full of dance, music and unparalleled fun. Many of those present got the chance to hang out with some of the Nigerian music industry big hitters like Black Magic, Reminisce, the Skuki boys and Orezi.

DEXTERITY PLUS AT 10 It was a day of rejoicing and celebration when Dexterity Plus, the foremost event planning and decoration company in Ibadan marked its tenth year anniversary at the Jogor Events Centre, Ring Road Ibadan. The event which took place on the 28th of October, was attended by a careful selection of invited guests and dignitaries all dressed in white and began at a little past noon with performances and presentations from a diverse range of artistes and groups within Ibadan and beyond.

Glo Slide and Bounce Concert Being one of the telecommunications giants in the country, Globacom hauled in all the stars for the annual Glo Slide and Bounce concert. This year’s edition kicked off in Ibadan, on the August 29th, with several major performing artists and other A-list Glo ambassadors in attendance. Glo subscribers in attendance were thrilled by performances from Koko Master D’Banj, Korede Bello, Wande Coal, Di’ja, MI, Burna Boy, Bez, amongst many others.

past events #Jackandthebeats 24-04-2015 Osundare festival University of Ibadan 26-05-2015 27-05-2015 Naira Bet Celebrity 5-Aside JULY The Palms Experience 17-07-2015

INDEPENDENCE F-ART-SHION SHOW The maiden edition of the Independence F-art-Shion show (#IFS2015) held in Ibadan Oyo State from September 29th-October 1st 2015 with Persianas’ retail edifice, the Palms Mall ring road playing host to the prestigious event.

Indeepended Party Indeepended, a post independence day pool party organized by Aramanda to celebrate Nigeria at 55 took place on the 3rd of October at the beautiful Old Town hotel. The hangout that was supported by Beat FM and PLAY turned out to be full of fun, music and beautiful people. There was also a raffle draw where one lucky winner went home with an iPhone 6 courtesy of PLAY.

THE PANDORA EVENT On the 29th of August 2015, the Pandora store Ibadan hosted various On Air Personalities, Artists, Media Representatives, Comedians, Lifestyle Bloggers and trendsetters to a fun and intimate champagne reception which included an exclusive jam session with Aramide Sarumoh.

Sprite Triple Slam (STS) Activation The Sprite Triple Slam Activation is an opportunity for lovers of Music, Freestyle Basketball and Dance to see the very best the city has to offer. Recently, the STS train was on the move, and its third stop was the University of Ibadan on the 25th of September. The International Conference Centre was filled with students who were treated to excellent displays of talent. The high point of the activation was an incredible performance by fast rising reggae-dancehall artist, Patoranking whose astonishing performance was one the crowd will not forget in a hurry.

Artmosphere 18-07-2015 R&R 24-07-2015 Rep Your Hood 6 31 - 07 - 2015 Mauve Opening 31-07-2015 The Palms Family Fun All Saturdays in August August Rush All White 07-08-2015 Trace Movie Takeover 15-08-2015 Star Trek 22-08-2015


Glo Laffta Fest The annual Globacom night of comedy, music and drama, Glo Laffta Fest hit Ibadan on the 11th of October. This year’s edition was tagged “Masters Of Comedy” which seems appropriate given the calibre of comedians who took to the stage. There were several performing acts at the event such as Julius Agwu, Seyi Law, AY, Basketmouth, Bovi, Okey Bakassi, I Go Die, Gordons, Omobaba, Bash, Salvador (Uganda), Helen Paul, to name a few. There were also musical performances by the likes of Wizkid, Flavour, Wande Coal, M.I, Burna Boy, Di’ja, Korede Bello, Reekado Banks and several others. Park and Party by Aramanda Party Park and party is the first of its kind in Ibadan. A mini concert put together by Aramanda parties with the support of Nairabet at the housing field in Bodija. Performances were by Oyinkanade of Project Fame, Phizzle, Beedyshades, Fabulous Pizzy,Twisted, BK, Tundey.

25TH ANNIVERSARY OF ORISUN SCHOOL Celebrating their 25th anniversary, Orisun School is a project of Women’s Board - Educational Cooperation Society (E.C.S), a not for profit, nongovernmental organization registered in Nigeria for the development of the Nigerian woman. One of the aims of the Board is the education of women and the girl child. The school is one of their projects spread across the country.

Trace Movie Takeover Popular music TV channel TRACE together with the Film House Cinema took Ibadan by storm on the Saturday, 15th of August 2015 as the Trace Movie Takeover made a pit stop at the Ventura Mall. The Takeover, which began in Lagos afforded winners, the chance of seeing an exclusive movie premiere with an A-List celebrity. 48 people were treated to a private viewing of the new Fantastic Four movie, and they also got to connect and hang out with popular rap artist Vector Tha Viper. The Takeover was wrapped up with an exclusive after party at Mauve 21 Lounge.

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee Wake up and smell the coffee is an annual program organized to educate undergraduate students on Entrepreneurship, Enterprise, and Networking. The 2015 edition took place at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan. Several keynote speakers and panellists such as Chude Jideonwo (RED MEDIA/The Future Project), Akpo Kentebe (Verse29 Ltd), Marek Zmylowski (Jovago) and many more were invited for this year’s edition. It hosted close to 4000 students from 6 universities in the South-western part of Nigeria.

past events Mauve Forever All Black Party 28-08-2015


TEDX BODIJA 2015 THEME - INNOVATION: THINKING UPSIDE DOWN The TEDx program gives communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently. TEDxBodija was licensed on 20th May 2013 and the first event was held on 30th November 2013 with the theme: TIME AND SPACE. TEDxBodija 2014 was themed: Ideas Hidden from Sight and was held at Nu Streams Conference Centre, Ibadan on Saturday, 18th October 2014. Expected at the 2015 event are representatives of Mandela Washington Fellowship, World. Economic Forum, and The Global African Investment Summit; one of the most influential young entrepreneurs in Nigeria – Chude Jideonwo; and the No 1 recipient of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award (TOYP) 2015, Adebola Olomo.

past events All white party at club Laurel 29-08-2015 Pandora Get Together 29-08-2015

Star Trek The lager beer nationwide annual music tour, Star Trek, came to town on the 22nd of August at the Trans Amusement Park, Samonda in Ibadan. Every year, the Trek brings with it the most talented stars in the music industry and this year, Ibadan got to host to a star-studded list that includes Wizkid, Chidinma, Wande Coal, Sound Sultan, May D, DJ Exclusive, Ibadan-born Fuji maestro Pasuma, and host, Gbenga Adeyinka. The event was preceded by a beer carnival, where many Star larger loyal customers got the chance to win numerous fantastic prizes.

past events #campGTBank 31-08-2015 - 06-09-2015 VS Battle at club GQ 05-09-2015 Ibadan Cake, Tools and Sugar Craft 08-09-2015 09-09-2015 Privilege Night with Lil’ Kesh 23-09-2015 Ivory models Runway Initiative Auditions 26-09-2015 Dog Show (University of Ibadan’s Vet Department) 03-10-2015

Mary Ajayi “Return of Stunaz” #ROS #Network1 Stunaz is a an entertainment outfit that has been around for over a decade, Stunaz brings fun to the youth of Ib city every 26th of December, Stunaz is back again like we never left this 26th of December 2015 tagged “Return of Stunaz” #ROS #Network1 at premier hotel, Mokola Ibadan by 4pm (Red carpet by Kie-Kie Tv) . Proudly supported by GOG Clothing.

MiLead (Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa) Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa (MILEAD) is an initiative that is targeted at educating and modelling young women in Africa into future leaders. Every year, the Fellowship identifies 25 of Africa’s most outstanding and emerging women leaders and offers them a three-week training course designed to create them into world leaders in their community. Beating over three thousand applications across Africa, and five finalists from Nigeria, Mary Ajayi an Ibadan local was selected to represent Nigeria at this year’s MILEAD Summer Institute, which was held in Ghana. Mary is the co-founder of Write Paragraphs, a United Nations volunteer observance community that leverages on the Internet and social media to help connect writers to advocacy projects and also expose them to educational materials designed to improve their writing. She is very passionate about what she does and fully intends to improve her the city through the skills she developed.


peteru Can we meet you? My name is Owomoyela Lawrence Ayodele Oluwatobi Nifemi. I am an Ibadan-based comedian. I was born and bred in here in the city. I am the last child and only son of my parents. I schooled at Airforce International School, Alakia then later changed to St. Paul’s before moving on to the Government College Ibadan, Apata for my secondary school education. I attended the Polytechnic Ibadan for my Ordinary and Higher National Diplomas but I have it in mind that I owe my parents a BSc, so I am working on getting admitted into the University of Ibadan. Are you saying the BSc is to please your parents? Right now, with the pace at which I am going, I do not think I need a BSc but with the market I am going into, there is much more space for educated people. You cannot just come into the entertainment industry these days and say you want to be a comedian. Education has somewhat set the standard and hence has become vital. Are you single? (Laughs) I am happily married to my best friend. She saw Peteru even before people started seeing me. She taught me how to dress, how to combine clothes and colours, whom to greet, who not to welcome. We dated for four years and got married in the fifth. We live in Oluyole together and are happy. How did you get into comedy? I can say I have been a comedian for a long time. When things were not good at home, and everybody was always down, I tried to bring out the humour in everything. I joined a dance group when I was younger, and I was usually the funny guy in the group. During one event we went for at the University of Ilorin, the MC came late and I got coerced into handling the show. Firstborn, 84

the comedian, saw and liked it so he told me to come to Lagos. For three months he showed me the ropes of the business; how to dress, talk, work, and that was how it began. So you are saying comedy is not all about just being funny? Comedy goes way beyond making people laugh. Those days of Baba Sala when you had to dress and look funny is gone. Now the humour is in your head and mind, not in your body. How did the name Peteru come about? When I was in Lagos, Firstborn made me his opening act. I had a Peteru joke I told many times then, and it was hilarious and before I knew it, the name just sort of stuck. Have you ever wanted to quit comedy? I have had many moments like that. There was a time when I tried gathering to travel out of the country because I know how to play football. I was frustrated because no money was coming in at that point, but then I sat down and tried to figure what I was not doing right. Right after I took part in an Amstel Malta competition and came out as the best comedian in the South-West of Nigeria. The

Grand prize was N500,000 cash prize, and, N100,000 giveaway shopping voucher, a weekend for two at Four Points by Sheraton and a trip to Ghana. It gave me the assurance that I could still do it. At this stage, though, I cannot quit. Comedy for me is life, and it is all I want to do. Any major setbacks? Yeah, mostly financial difficulties. I might have been born with a silver spoon, but it later changed to plastic spoon (laughs). When I ran to Lagos, but couldn’t cope anymore, Firstborn told me to go back and face my city. Ibadan is crazy, people will call you for a wedding, pay for expensive halls and caterers, but then the MC will be offered peanuts. Some might not even pay you entirely. It was tough. How will you rate yourself regarding popularity? Within Ibadan, I can say my brand has covered 80% of places. We are working on gaining recognition outside of Ibadan. Each state has its home based comedians, and I am favoured to be one of the prominent ones here at home. Your primary influences in the industry both locally and internationally? In Nigeria, I enjoy Laff-Up and Basketmouth while, outside Nigeria, Kevin Hart and Aries Spears are my favourites. I learn from everybody to be honest even OAPs and DJs What’s your relationship with Alibaba? It is a father to son relationship. I met him when he came for the annual laffmatazz in Ibadan. After the show, he asked me to come to Lagos, which I did. When I got to his house, he gave me a full tour and even got to see his room something only Basketmouth, Tee A, and Bovi have had the privilege of doing. We talked a lot, gave me books to read and told me I was different and that I should keep in touch. It was a humbling experience. He even gave me a substantial amount of money on my wedding day. He has been a rock for me. Who is your primary competitor in the industry; whom do you see as a threat? I see myself as my significant threat and my main competitor is myself. If not comedy, what? Football!!! Football!!!

Where do you see yourself, five years from now? I just want to be wherever God wants me to be. I always say, no past, no future, just now. It is my favourite quote. We keep talking about the future and don’t even know how it is like. I believe if we handle our present very well, the future will be okay. Any projects you are currently working on? Presently, we are working on a tour around Universities in the South-Western region. It is called Comedy Hub; My Campus Experience. The first is at the University of Ibadan, and then Bowen, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Obafemi Awolowo University, then over to the University of Ilorin. What are your aspirations? I want to be a brand, a role model. I am hopeful for many things. Some people still don’t know me, so I have to work to get my name out there. I am not the best yet, so I don’t let whatever little fame I have right now get into my head. You work as an OAP at Naija FM, how did that come about? I’ve always wanted to be an OAP, in fact, I have been dropping materials for Splash FM for over three years. I, however, had an opportunity to work at Naija FM which is a sister station to Beat FM so I “ported”. Gra-Gra express is my show. It is from 4pm-9pm. We talk about anything and everything. I wanted to ask if comedy is fulfilling as a career, but with the way you’ve been talking, it is obvious that… (cuts in) I told my dad that I said I would have been useless in computer science. I was not as brilliant as they thought I was. I am proud of what I have done for myself. Any unforgettable moment? I have many. However, the best one was the day I walked down the aisle with my wife. Advice for upcoming comedians? No past, no present, just now. Whatever you know how to do, do it. It can put food on your table and just maybe feed nations.



Artiste. Computer Scientist. Graphic Designer. Entrepreneur. The Ibadan artiste popularly known as Phizzle but whose real name is Fela Yomi-Layinka is many things rolled into one. Born and bred in the city of Ibadan, the artist who cites his early influences into music as Trybesmen and Eedris Abdulkareem said his love for music was birthed when he realised that rap was something that he could do. Even though he has a first degree and graduate degree in Information Science Management from Brunel University in the United Kingdom, Phizzle still holds fast to his artistic and creative calling. When he is not belching out tunes like his newest single, “Rashidi Yekini”, the Bodija International College alumni is working on his brand development and design company, “EyeCandy Media”, which boasts of the logo and complete branding work of Ibadan’s Ventura Mall as one of its many achievements.

The future holds a lot for Phizzle who has plans to release the remaining three tracks from his EP album titled, Egypt, over the next three weeks. It is originally a five-track album of which he released the first track, Rashidi Yekini, and recently dropped the video of the second titled, ‘Biggest’. He describes the remaining three tracks as Afrobeat Highlife, a different genre from his earlier released Rashidi Yekini track that he calls Trap Music, something he describes as raw and energetic. His soon-to-bereleased tracks promise to be even more captivating than the last and given the creativity, dedication and commitment we have seen in his previous projects and achievements in the past, we do not expect anything less.



The Nigerian music industry is no doubt on the rise. The industry is one of the fastest growing in Nigeria and every year, more and more incredible talent enter the industry with aspirations of being the next big star and that in itself makes standing out among quite a daunting prospect. One of such talents is Kingsley Adeyemi Olakunle, aka Keanzo, but you, however, get the feeling he will not be having any of such problems.

about four years ago when he won a Globacom sponsored music contest and emerged as the best rapper in the city. He has since signed to Cockie Entertainment and released hit songs like ‘’Season Film’’, ‘’Aramanda’’, ‘’Your Love’’ and ‘’Ijo Bata’’, all which enjoyed massive radio airplay. His versatility also means he has collaborated with quite a number of artists including Patoranking, Lace, Sean Tizzle, Lil’ Kesh, Fabulous Pizzy and others.

Keanzo is one of Ibadan’s fast rising musical talents whose Afrocentric brand of music combined with his fascinating sense of fashion has set him aside from the pack. The fact that he is also a self-taught prodigy who can play virtually any instrument does not hurt either.

Keanzo had incredible 2015 which he capped off by winning the artist of year Award at the recently held Scream’s Award, but his biggest aspiration remains winning the prestigious Next Rated Awards at the Headies and at this rate you get the feeling that might soon become a reality.

Keanzo, who is a graduate of Mass Communication from the Lead City University, caught the city’s attention

He is currently shooting videos for his songs; Aramada and Ijo Bata.

Ask any gospel music enthusiast about the worship scene in Ibadan and chances are the name, Babatunmise is high up on the shortlist. The highly rated artist broke into the music scene when he released his hit track Animayehun that featured Mike Abdul in 2013. In spite of the fact that he’s only 23, music for Babatunmise has been a lengthy journey that dates back to his childhood.

of sharing the stage with some of the biggest gospel artists in the country that includes names like Gbenga Adenuga, Mike Abdul, Big Bolaji, Lara George, the Midnight Crew and many others. His unique brand of music has made him a voice of his generation and also a recipient of quite a number of awards.

Today, Babatunmise is one of the fastest rising gospel artists and worship leaders in the country. His work ethic, tenacity and determination have blessed him with the opportunity

He just concluded his Praise Tour that covered 30 churches in 30 Sundays and recently released the video of Aniwayehun and then a new track titled “YES” that he hopes can motivate youths like him to pursue their dreams.



Mauve Lounge

NIGHTLIFE As the sun sets over the city, visitors and residents are greeted with a fabulous nightlife that is as varied and as entertaining as any other major city.

The Growing Art of Mixology Mixology is the calculated and refined art of blending liquor and fruits to create delicious mixed beverages commonly referred to as cocktails.

Mixology is a rapidly growing culture in Nigeria. In recent times, brands like Hennessy have sponsored campaigns to help promote the art. Several bars and lounges have already subscribed to the idea of having a trained mixologist behind their bar. The Mauve Lounge has a dedicated team of mixologists who have perfected the art of blending and mixing drinks to the delight of their consumers. Their signature “Smoke on the Street” invigorates the palate and senses.

A mixologist can often be confused with a bartender. However, a mixologist not only pours alcohol and mixes drinks, but also expertly uses technique, accuracy of measurement and technology to create the perfect drink blend. Mixology should not be quickly dismissed as a mere fad as it has proven to be an art, one which should be appreciated and embraced within our society.

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Shooter (B-52)

TOm & Jerry

20ml Kahlua 20ml Bailey’s Irish Cream 20ml Triple Sec Light on fire.

60ml ciroc vodka Add a dash of demerara Sugar Top up with sprite Garnish with mint leaves and orange wedges Serve on the rocks

Dry Martini

Smock on the Street


60ml London Dry Gin 60ml Dry Vermouth Pour into mixing glass with ice cubes Shake for 15seconds. Pour and Stir (optional) Garnish with 3 Green Olives on a toothpick Serve with a cocktail glass

60ml Red Label Blended Whiskey Add 3 dashes of Angostura Bitters Top up with Soda Water Serve with Orange wedges

60ml Red Label Blended Whiskey Add 60ml Chocolate Syrup Add 60-80ml Bailey’s Irish Cream Serve straight or on the rocks


Where have all the Jazz lovers gone? Fast forward to today and jazz music is not quite what it used to be. The present generation inclination towards another genre of music has left Jazz music in Nigeria in a weak state and needing attention. The brand of music has suffered a decline and is not as popular and widespread as it used to be. There have however been concerted efforts from all over to try and restore the music back to its glory days. Jazz festivals are now being organized every year while also, jazz nights are becoming a constant fixture in many bars, lounges, and even restaurants across the country including those in Ibadan. At Ring Road in Ibadan, Chrysalis organizes a Jazz and Grill event on Fridays and every other Sundays while Apollo’s Bar and Lounge is also well renowned for the extraordinary jazz sessions they hold every Sunday night. Many other places in the city are also imbibing the spirit of Jazz music by organizing themed events/nights.


azz music originated from deep south in America, New Orleans to be precise. The style is a fusion between African and European music, and since its creation in the early nineties, it has seen a revolution in various sub-styles and genres. Decades later, jazz music can be heard in almost every corner of the world, and the picturesque city of Ibadan is no exception.

The future of Jazz in Ibadan is a long and bumpy one. However, the music is slowly finding a place in the heart and soul of Ibadan city.

Cafe Chrysalis

The Jazz romance in Nigeria started back in 1945 when the likes of Bobby Benson, Tunde Amuwo, Bob Edwards, Willy Payne among others began pioneering the genre in the 1950’s. It was however around 1963 when the great Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Art Alade revolutionized the sound of jazz that people started listening to it the music. Ibadan city too has its fair share of history when it comes to Jazz after all multiple award-winning jazz singer Sade Adu was born there. 96

Ali Baba’s Suya is located beside the entrance of Preboye’s World Shopping Complex. Ali Baba is known for his great customer service and delicious suya. Before roasting, the meat is coated and marinated with a mixture of secret ingredients and seasonings, then roasted using a unique technique. Ali Baba’s Suya is definitely a place to visit when you need a tasty bite!








Capital Inn

Capital Inn

Owu Crown Hotel

ACCOMMODATION A combination of the cool ambiance of the city and the rich, warm hospitality of the Ibadan people means that every visitors gets treated like royalty at any of the excellent lodges that are situated around the city.

Oldtown Hotel


he hospitality business is an important sector of the economy, especially for a one with so much business potential like ours. Oyo state has gradually become the go-to state for infrastructural investments. The land mass in the state makes it a haven for investors from far and wide. The tourism sector has also seen a boom in the state in recent months. This means that there has been a steady influx of tourists and visitors in Ibadan city over the past few months. The hotels in the city have not been lagging behind in providing high-class and topnotch accommodation for those flocking into the city on a fairly regular basis. From old timers like Premier Hotel with its picturesque view of the city from its hill top location to Owu Crown where you always get treated like royalty, the ‘’checking in’’ business in Ibadan is thriving like never before with more and more excellent places springing up.

Kakanfo hotel not only offer comfort and convenience, but their quality of service is the reason it one of the best and longest surviving hotels in the city. Capital Inn is the next best thing when it comes to quality of service. Travel House offers great deals on their rooms with the same classy and comfortable treatment one could expect anywhere, and IITA hotel provides the exotic resort accommodation in addition to everything else. Carlton Gate and Check Inn hotels remain one of the best places around when it comes to good value for money; their facilities and services are impeccable to say the least, while Old Town hotel at samonda, with its Victorian styled architecture, is like a haven tucked in between the bustle of the city.

things to consider when booking a


“The easiest way to choose a hotel is by making a checklist of what aspects and amenities are important to you.” We’ve helped this difficult process by providing a checklist of things you should consider for selecting a hotel during this holiday season or any other time of the year:

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Location Hotels are spread across the city, which makes it easy for you to choose a convenient location for the purpose of your stay. For a short family vacation, Premier Hotel or Kakanfo are centrally located near to the city’s attractions. Adequate Parking Space Most hotels in Ibadan have sufficient

parking spaces; however, it is wise to ensure that you can park your vehicle securely within the premises. Whether you select budget-friendly or luxury accommodation, use a checklist to ensure your choice of hotel is comfortable and well suited to your needs.

Budget Plan your expenses, as your spending limit will determine your choice of hotel. If you are looking for accommodation in the city, the Travel House is budgetfriendly yet stylish. Amenities/ Services Consider the hotel facilities that may be important to you during your stay, such as laundry services, a swimming pool, a gym, or free Wi-Fi. IITA, Kakanfo, Carlton Gate, Asake, Owu Crown and Capital Inn have great facilities and are well maintained too.

Kakanfo Inn

Bayse One Place Indisputably, Bayse One Place presents a refreshing and stylish alternative in the ancient and peaceful city of Ibadan. With the superb accommodations and amenities, presented in an enviable location and serene environment Bayse One Place is an outstanding for money. Plot 14/16, Akinola Maja Street, Opposite 3SC Football Club Office, Jericho, Ibadan +234 706 761 0299, +234 815 696 7176

Begonia Hotel Begonia Hotel is one of the newest offerings in the city that is creating an exquisite hotel experience of world class standard. The 4-star lodge is located in the cool ambience of Ilora, 20 minutes away from Town. Its location in the suburbs makes Begonia the perfect getaway from the noise and buzzing of the city for guests who want to be treated to top notch luxury. Begonia Avenue, Behind Compass Point Filling Station, KM 39 Ibadan – Oyo Expressway, Ilora +234 809 444 7555, +234 809 444 7556, 0700-BEGONIA Brighton Hotel and Suites Brighton Hotel and Suites Ltd offers the best services to their guests with their top-notch hospitality and luxury facilities to ensure their guests’ comfort. Their rooms are furnished with modern pieces, and even antiques, to appeal to their trendy and eccentric guests. 24, Adeniji Street, Off Liberty Stadium, Ibadan +234 807 635 3696, +234 809 353 4396

Carlton Gate Hotel When it comes down to modern, classy architecture and warm customer reception, Carlton Gate Hotel is one of a kind. It offers sixty-two modern, comfortable and well-equipped guest rooms. It has a pool for customer convenience, an ambient outdoor bar and restaurant, which offers a variety of food. Their cocktails are exotic as they are amazing. Quarters 860, Agodi GRA, Ibadan +234 1 295 5232; +234 811 579 9323

Check-Inn Hotels Check-Inn Hotel offers 35 palatial, luxuriously furnished and resplendent rooms. With amenities that transcend the ordinary, and create memories, from an intimate escape to an unforgettable vacation, a fantastic stay is ensured to leisure and business guests alike. With the restaurant offering the best quality dishes and a cosy bar with the finest services are added attractions. 1, Check-Inn Close
Behind Zain Head Office, Off Secretariat/U.I Road,
Bodija, Ibadan

+234 708 669 5488; +234 809 911 7790; +234 802 877 5171; +234 705 867 6555 Davies Hotel Davies Hotel has been in Ibadan City since 1974 but its age long presence has done nothing but builds a long term trust with customers. The hotel has a popular bar that stocks fine wine and spirits and a restaurant whose menu ranges from local to international delicacies. The hotel has different kinds of rooms depending on the lodger’s preference, at a moderate price range. 7/8 Adeyi Avenue, Old Bodija, Ibadan +234 802 338 7433, +234 803 714 2599, +234 812 188 5836


Glory View Hotel For a breath of fresh air, warmth, and good hospitality, Glory View Hotel is the hotel to lodge in with loved ones. Guests are waited on round-the-clock, with an exotic bar and restaurant to cater to guests. Their rooms and suites are tastefully furnished and possess an aesthetic value. Adenuga Street, Kongi Bus-Stop, Off U.I Secretariat Road, Ibadan. +234 (0) 805 471 1749

Grand Serene Hotel Located in the quiet, residential district of Iyagunku GRA, and a few minutes’ drive to the commercial nerve of the Ibadan city, Grand Serene Hotel is a place to be discovered and savoured for pleasure, and business activities on a luxurious and classic scale. Their strength lies in the technicalities of highly professional personnel who deliver prompt and courteous services to guests. 19, Jibowu Crescent, Iyaganku G.R.A. Ibadan +234 807 635 3696, +234 809 353 4396

Hill Top Tavern Hotel Its location is convenient for those visiting the Ibadan Polytechnic, as the institution is just a stone’s throw from the hotel. For scholars and academics visiting, this is the place to stay. It offers a large variety of facilities and amenities to make their guests comfortable and makes sure they have the best possible stay away from home. Polythenic Road, Ladoke Akintola Way, Sango, Ibadan +234 1 295 5232; +234 811 579 9323 His Grace Hotel & Suites His Grace Hotel offers one of the best services in the hospitality industry, perfected over four decades. Effectiveness and efficiency backed by a truly dedicated team of employees to make sure the guests receive nothing short of classy service. Their facilities and amenities transcend above the ordinary in quality and finesse. Plot 1, Aare Avenue
New Bodija, Ibadan

+234 (0) 8093367416 IITA Hotel The I-House with, 108 well-appointed rooms, spacious dormitory facilities and a conference hall, is an ideal venue for business and pleasure trips. The IITA Hotel, owing to years of impeccable service, offers true ambience and serenity. They have an outdoor swimming pool, a classy bar and the cost is paltry. You should do well to book in advance as the place is usually almost fully booked. IITA-Nigeria Ibadan, PMB 5320, Ibadan. +234 (2) 241 2626 2480 K S Motels This hotel has more than two decades’ worth of history when it comes to the hospitality business. The facility has fallen off the radar in recent times and but still maintains a respectable standard that trumps that of many hotels in the city. Their facilities and amenities remain in top-notch condition even after all this time. Queen Elizabeth II Road,Orita-Mefa, Ibadan +234 704 339 0696, +234 816 849 5564


Kakanfo Inn & Conference Centre Kakanfo Inn is a prestigious hotel and conference centre located in the commercial nerve of the Ibadan City. The hotel comprises 15 suites, 67 double rooms with an option of 5 categories of rooms equipped with ultramodern facilities. There is a fully air-conditioned conference centre as well as an all-purpose hall seating 220 to 2500 guests. 1 Nihinlola Street, Off Mobil Petrol Station, Off Joyce’B Area, Ring Road, Ibadan +234-2-7518000; +234-2-7518001; +234-8073590868

Ladalob Royal Suite This beautifully designed hotel is spacious and has variety of rooms, in various ranges, for affordability and comfort. The hotel guarantees amenities to suit the guests’ every need. It also ensures safety of its guests as there is a round-the-clock security team to address any emergency. Plot 9, Obe Street, Behind Bovas Filling Station, New Bodija, Ibadan. +234 703 423 7483, +234 704 546 2254

LaMaison Hotel & Suite La Maison Hotel is a minimalist design hotel complex of 15 rooms spanning two floors, with a basement housing the service area. The 15 rooms (inclusive of 1 exotic suite) are well and tastefully furnished to ensure maximum comfort. The hotel is strategically located such that you can reach it without the stress of driving through the city. 23 Jibowu Street, Iyaganku G.R.A., Ibadan. +234-816-068-4669 Oldtown Hotel Oldtown is a deluxe hotel synonymous with warm, comfortable attitude, and a high level of personalised services for guests. Its interior is artfully decorated with antique furnishings and pieces, from grandfather clocks to chandeliers, to chests, and even paintings. The hotel offers 43 luxury accommodations, an Astroturf bar set with an outdoor poolside, a restaurant with an impressive menu, and so much more. 59, Samonda Road, Ibadan +234 909 0595 507; +234 806 4185 807 Orchard Hotel The Orchard Hotel is known famously for their hospitality and their main goal is customer satisfaction. The hotel is equipped with a conference room, restaurant, bar, gym and bedrooms divided into categories to suit their guests’ pockets. Their rooms are tastefully furnished. The hotel is located in a serene environment to fulfil the purpose of relaxation. Off Golf Club, Link Reservation Onireke G.R.A, Ibadan

+234 811 118 2200, +234 811 118 2211 Owu Crown Owu Crown Ibadan, former Golden Tulip, is an 80 room, 4-star hotel with an objective to meet the needs of its guests and to strike a balance between comfort and luxury. Accommodation includes fully air-conditioned double rooms, twin rooms and suites with Wi-fi Internet access. A restaurant that offers a variety of continental and indigenous cuisines exists to cater to the taste buds of guests. KM 2, Iwo Road,
Monotan, Ibadan +234 (2) 2022500


Premier Hotel Premier Hotel is known as one of the best and oldest hotels in West Africa. Jointly owned by the Odua States, it is equipped with optimum facilities for maximal enjoyment. The hotel boasts of 87 bedrooms in total; 80 double rooms, 6 executive suites and 1 luxury suite. It has a standard Olympic sized swimming pool, which is a bonus and an avenue to socialize with Ibadan residents. Mokola Hill, Oremeji | P. O. Box 1206, Ibadan +234 811 595 9631, +234 802 353 9974, +234 703 803 4472 SDM Tavern Hotel SDM Tavern offers clean and spacious rooms designed for both leisure and business travellers. It is located in a quiet serene environment and it provides maximum comfort and convenience, with a touch of elegance at moderate charges. The rooms are spacious, luxurious, tastefully furnished and equipped with facilities for maximum comfort. 7, Road H, Opposite UCH Second Gate, Secretariat/Total Garden Road, GRA, Agodi, Ibadan +234 808 826 9483

Travel House Budget Hotel Travel House Budget Hotel offers the best facilities and associated services, which assure a clean and comfortable stay. With a friendly and professional welcome, whether on a business or leisure trip, a pleasant stay is ensured. As the name implies, the hotel is affordable and offers way more than one expects a budget hotel too. Plot 22A, Block X ,M.K.O. Abiola Way, Ring Road, Ibadan +234 817 569 1344, +234 704 499 7087 U.I. Hotel Located in the heart of the first university in Nigeria, the U.I. Hotel has a serene atmosphere for one to work and experience the institution first-hand. The amenities and facilities are adequate for guests. University Of Ibadan, Ibadan

+234 708 400 0002

Walan Hotel (D’Rovans Hotel Limited) Located at Ring Road, Ibadan, Walan Hotel has been in existence for over two decades. With over a hundred rooms, the hotel has unique features that distinguish it from other hotels. There are single, double, standard studio, deluxe executive, family deluxe and executive suites, which are tastefully furnished with all basic facilities provided. The hotel also has an array of stores that supply the needs of the guests. Francis Aiyegbeni Close, Ring Road, Ibadan. +234 816 012 2786, +234 807 230 1904, +234 709 222 4943


actively used in the 60s and 70s when Ibadan was the center of the Western Region of Nigeria). This G.R.A. is located right in the middle of the town along Oyo Road, next to the Amusement Park site and close to the University of Ibadan. After the aerodrome had been acquired from the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (F.A.A.N) by the government in office, it was promptly subdivided into plots and allocated to deserving citizens who applied.

Samonda, Ibadan


Ibadan’s Real Estate in Perspective: Samonda Aerodrome Ibadan, arguably the largest city in West Africa, is home to some of the most contemporary and architecturally pleasing neighbourhoods in the country, a far cry from the picture of a sea of rusty roofs often published to give it the feel of an ancient city. In reality, Ibadan city has some of the best idyllic residential estates and Government Reservation Areas (G.R.As) in Nigeria. The real estate market in the city is not only vibrant, but it commands good value as well. Take the Samonda Aerodrome G.R.A as a case study… Samonda Estate and G.R.A. is a vast development of perhaps the best aggregation of the loveliest new houses you will find in the city. It has a feel of Lekki Phase One in the Lagos Island or the Maitama Extension in Abuja municipality. Sitting on several hectares of land that used to be the old Ibadan Aerodrome (very


Today, the Estate is a fully developed residential area that rivals even the very best in the country. If in need of some inspiration for the architecture for your dream home, the Samonda G.R.A is perhaps the place to visit. There is so much variety in home design from door to door that it appears the whole neighbourhood is in competition to see who comes up with the best façade. Values are by no means cheap but they are not exactly capital intensive either. Initially, the government allocated at a premium rate of between N1.75 million to N3.2 million depending on the plot size. Today, plot prices hover between N22- N30 million if available at all and the houses will likely cost N70 million and above. One of the most interesting features peculiar to the Samonda G.R.A. is the way the streets are named. In a sort of tribute to the immediate history of the Estate, the streets there are named after aviation terminologies, and it is not particularly unusual to see names like Cockpit Avenue, Control Tower, Pilot Street cropping up when moving around the Estate. The GRA has turned out to be an interesting and successful development and it is an overall reflection of the monumental progress that the real estate sector in Ibadan has made over the past decade. Makanjuola Ojewumi & Co, Estate Surveyors and Valuers

What Does Your Interior Décor Say about you? Our homes are not only a reflection of the way we live; recent studies have shown that they are very much an extension of our personality. Much like our clothes and appearance, your home and its décor can reveal a lot about whom you are as well as how you live.

A cluttered home may communicate that you are busy, disorganized, or perhaps going through a transition or tough time while a well-organized room says that you stay on the clock. There are three significant aspects of interior décor that are responsible for the kind of message you send

Wall color – Most people, would assume the colors they choose to decorate their homes are simply their favorite colors, but it is much deeper than that. Choosing color is a subjective decision and what these colors mean says a lot about a person. Yellow is cheerful, energizing and uplifting, Blue is calming and relaxing, Neutral (white, black, gray, and brown) creates balance and harmony.



Decorations & Accessories – Your decoration and accessories help reflect your values as a person or family, your intelligence, and preferences. Having a bookcase, for instance, may show that you are an avid reader or scholar, while hanging photos on the wall is likely to project an image of a close-knit family. Painting or sculptures in the house usually show a good taste and finery.

Cleanliness – Your home does not have to be spotless all the time but, would your guests feel comfortable eating off your plates or using your bathroom? Remember, cleaning a little bit every day will help with keeping your home fresh while letting people know that you are organized, efficient and neat.


So many people put emphasis on how a building should look on the outside they forget the interior is as important. Remember that the way your home looks is a reflection of the person you are. If you are unhappy with the present state your interior design looks, change it yourself or enlist the help of an interior decorator.

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Megamound is a company that has carved a niche for itself particularly in the areas of construction, real estate development, management, dredging, hospitality and financial inter-mediation. Winner of the Direct Marketing Award, the Company, has a proven record of being well-equipped to offer high-quality services effectively and efficiently. The company has also been involved in real estate development projects which include Nicon Lekki project, Carlton Gate Estate Chevron Drive Lagos, Lekki County Homes Estate, Ikota Lagos, Carlton Gate Estate Akobo GRA Ibadan and Carlton Gate Hotel Agodi GRA Ibadan just to mention a few. 111

RESIDENTIAL SERVICED ESTATES - A GROWING NICHE IN IBADAN IBADAN is growing rapidly at the fringes and changing significantly in the inner core highbrow areas, especially the Government Residential Areas (GRAs) and old established estates. As generations change, so also has the choice of housing. There is now a small but growing demand for serviced apartments in the city due to several reasons. The primary reason is largely due to people’s desire for convenience, services and safety. Most will prefer to lock up their houses and travel without worrying so much about security, external landscape maintenance and having to keep a staff or family member in the house during their time away. The comfort that comes with having running water, gate men, gardeners, utility workers as well as backup electricity makes serviced apartments a marvelous option for older people or those who travel a lot. The fact that massive buildings are difficult to maintain is another reason people are starting to turn to residential serviced estates. This reason particularly applies to the upper class older/retired generation, most of who do not want the hassles of maintaining large houses after the children are matured and out of the house. There are many Nigerians living and working abroad who repatriate funds back home to build or buy real property. These days, a lot of these people look for structured and serviced estates that are close in standards to what they are used to regarding quality, security and ambiance. Living in a serviced estate also eliminate omo onile issues that are common in cases that involve buying/building houses. There is also a budding trend that sees couples set up home base in Ibadan for more affordable lifestyle and their kids’ education while the breadwinner works in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt or offshore in the case of some oil and gas workers. Studies show that this trend of people living in Ibadan while working elsewhere is set to accelerate especially when the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway is completed in a few years’ time. Consequently, the cost of living may start to rise, and housing costs in Ibadan will also follow suit. A dream of many Ibadan boosters is a regional commuter rail network that runs from Ibadan to Lagos, allowing commuting flexibility and raising the profile of Ibadan as a residential haven. In the event such a bill that allows private or quasi-private development of commuter interstate rail transportation is passed, we are likely to see denser, higher quality developments that attract people from outside the city. Ibadan homes, a brand born from the stables of Structuracasa Nigeria Limited, developers of Legacy Estates and Emerald Court, is focused on this growing niche of clustered serviced communities that meet the refined tastes of its well-heeled clientele. Arc Jide Alade, CEO Structuracasa Nig. Ltd.




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The Ibadan 2015 MTN Polo Tournament

Golf The Ibadan Golf Club The Ibadan golf club, located on the breathtaking plains of Onireke Reservation Area is an exclusive private member only club that has been around since 1990. The 72-par green course shares border with the 2nd Mech. Division Nigerian Army Base and is situated directly opposite the Ibadan Recreation Club. Since its first tee off on October 1, 1990, the prestigious club has gained over a thousand prominent members and plays host to an average of 7 major competitions annually. There is a 4695m-long course for just the ladies, an on-site shop that provides all the amenities while caddies are available for those who want to take a stroke of two


off their game. Play here is cheap and costs N3000 on weekdays and N4000 on weekends. The IITA Golf Course Nestled in the Northern range of Ibadan, within the beautiful, luxurious estate of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture is the second of the city’s golf courses. The brown course was initially 9-holes, but it has over the years been extended to18 holes. The 19th hole is the clubhouse (Cappa Bar) where one can eat, drink and relax after every game.

The landscape runs alongside each of the holes making accuracy a must here while simultaneously testing the limits of your mental strength. Many golfers agree that this is the most difficult course in the city. The course is great for beginners and also for experienced players who want to work on their swing. A casual round of golf with the family here can be an enjoyable affair. Caddies are available for either the nine holes or for the entire eighteen holes. POLO

The course is laid on a rolling expanse of manicured lawn with flourishing trees to one side, generously wide fairways and each of the holes uniquely designed and different from the next.

The Polo Club Ibadan. Those interested in hobnobbing with the city’s elite can head over to the prestigious Ibadan Polo Club located around the Eleyele/Dugbe axis. The

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club is an affiliate of the Nigerian Polo Association and one of the finest recreation centers in the city. The club’s complex comprises of the playing field where matches are held every weekend, the stables for the horses and the clubhouse where club members unwind after each game. The sport of polo is quite popular in Ibadan having been played in the city since 1930. One may never truly appreciate the popularity of the sport in the city until you see any of the big matches often hosted here. The turnout is usually large with local spectators at their best, eager to fill the newbies in on the rules of the game and how points are counted. The polo season starts very early, and

matches are played all year round. Soccer NairaBet 5-Aside When Leading Sports betting platform, NairaBet announced a 5-aside football match involving the likes of Falz the Bad guy, Peteru, the BeatFM crew among others, one may be forgiven for thinking such a match will be nothing short of comedic.

international Mutiu Adepoju and current football analyst, Segun Agbede also lacing up their boots to the thunderous reception. SuperSport match anchor Moses Praiz supplied endless bouts of hilarious live commentary alongside Beat FM’s Wale Ozolua. The game turned out to be a lively and highly enjoyable affair that saw Team Falz crowned the eventual winners with the man himself chipping in with three superbly taken goals.

The season II of the Nairabet 5-Aside took place on the 11th of July at the Sports Center of Lead City High School at Jericho. Gate entry was free with many people, including famous personalities showing up for a good time. The event was a beautiful blend of football, music, and networking with former super eagles 121

Shooting Stars: A Return to the Glory Days? When Sylvanus Ebiaku fired in the winning goal that sent the Shootings Stars of Ibadan back to the Nigerian Premier League, it was the start of a turning point for the club and its band of loyal supporters. The tale of the club is in some way synonymous to that of Nottingham Forest Football Club in England. Both were dominant forces during the earlier years, molding future legends, playing trailblazing football, destroying opponents and leaving in their wake a cabinet full of local and continental titles much to the envy of their rivals. These days, however, both clubs are also on a rollercoaster, a shadow of their glorious selves. Forest is presently languishing in the lower Divisions of English Football while 3SC have twice been relegated from the Premier League in the past four seasons, but things are starting to look up, at least for Shooting stars. A change of management combined with recent results and a strong 9th place finish last season has lifted morale around the city and left even the most pessimistic of fans excited at the prospect of what’s to come in the coming season. The Shooting Stars of Ibadan was formed in 1960 and were one of the core founders of the Nigerian Premier 122

League in 1972, back when they were called WN DC Ibadan (Western Nigeria Development Company), and were later, IICC (Industrial Investment and Credit Corporation) Shooting Stars of Ibadan. The 70s and early 80s represented an era of great success for both club and her fans. Between 1971 and 1983, the club won 3 domestic league titles (1976, 1980, 1983) and 3 FA cups (1971,1977, 1979). In 1976, they became the first Nigerian side to win the highly coveted African Cup Winners Cup, when they beat Tonnerre of Cameroon in a heavily contested and fiery final. Those were indeed happier times that saw the emergence of names like Rashidi Yekini, Segun Odegbami, Ike Shorounmu and Mutiu Adepoju. These would also go on to represent the National team at major tournaments for many years. After a quiet decade that was marred by internal politics and management issues, the 3SC went through a mini-resurgence in the 90s; a Felix Owolabi inspired CAF Cup win in 1992, the FA Cup and Domestic League double in 1995 reminded the nation what the Shooting Stars can do. The team will then win the League title again in 1998, their last major honor till date. Since the turn of the millennium, the club has found itself in a fix that is ironic given that they have been shuttling

between the Premier League and the lower division, much to the anguish of the fans who cannot but contrast this dismal form to the glory days of old. Football to these fans is a culture and despite the tougher times, their support for the club has remained unwavering. The shooting stars of Ibadan have the highest number supporters in the country till date. A visit to the Lekan Salami Stadium at Adamasingba on any given matchday can be a colorful and intimidating affair depending on whom you came to support. The stadium is always over pouring with locals whose cries and yells are infused with passion urging the players on and creating a supercharged and electrified atmosphere that is bound to strike fear into the heart of oppositions. This support combined with the sharp change in management is why the club defied the prediction of most pundits and finished the season strongly, just 10 points below a continental place. The team is expected to keep building on its recent success, and a charge for a continental spot is expected in coming seasons. Management is stable, the team is playing a better brand of football, the Academy has a couple of exciting talents coming through, and you get the feeling that with a couple quality addition, the blue and whites of the Oluyole Warriors might yet again fly over Africa.




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TRANSPORT Ibadan city has a convenient transportation system to help you get around with as much ease as possible, regardless of your destination.

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here are peculiar geographical and socio-economic dynamics that make up every city and Ibadan is no different in that regard. It has to be said that for an emerging city center, Ibadan has little traffic or none of those endless bouts of traffic that often leave most Lagosians crazy. The city has three main modes of transportation; Land, Rail and Air. Moving around in Ibadan is convenient and affordable. This, of course, is as a result of the ease the public access the city’s infamous Micra cabs, city-wide public buses and the recent incorporation of the Ajumose, a rapid bus system, befitting of a modern commercial center. There is a slight reduction in comfort for Ibadan’s public buses, as they are small in size and you have to share with nine other people, but even this disadvantage is redeemable by how cheap fare is and how quickly it takes to reach desired destinations. In most cases, the charge depends on your destination but even the cost of transportation to the furthest parts of the city is twice as cheap as the


cabs in other thriving urban centers. Ibadan’s bus rapid transit aliased Ajumose is a 43-seater transportation system initiated in May 2013, which saw 100 buses distributed along the main cities in Oyo state. These buses run on different routes and are most commonly used by school students and public workers. To emphasize the affordability of these buses, they are free in the early hours of the morning and late in the evenings. While Ibadan awaits the initiation of her intercity metro rail service, the city is currently home to rail lines laid by the Nigerian Railway Corporation in 1900. Ibadan is a beneficiary of the dedication of Nigeria’s British colonial government to establish themselves in the newly acquired sub-region with regards to administration and commerce. This is evident in the cross-city rail lines that run from Odo-Ona through Obafemi Awolowo Road, Dugbe to Sango, Ojoo towards Ojurin, Bodija, up to Iwo Road eventually leading out of Ibadan towards Ogun state on one end and Kwara state on the other end. The introduction of the

rail system in Nigeria was a milestone in the country’s history. Their proliferation was so extensive that by the 1940s, two decades before Nigeria’s independence there were over 5200miles active of railway lines laid across the country. Ibadan’s local airport situated at Old Ife Road successfully completes the list of notable mentions when it comes to transportation in the city. Moved from Samonda to a more permanent site at Alakia during the 90s, the airport serves local flights like Arik and Overland Airways, to Lagos and Abuja. Without a doubt, the ease of mobility around the metropolis of Ibadan is relatively more blissful than in many other emerging city centers, but even this advantage is not the biggest spotlight when discussing transportation in Ibadan. In recent times, the city’s administration has improved infrastructures to serve better its people, from smoother roads to overhead bridges to decongest certain areas with regular traffic.


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