Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State is a city at the edge of the savannah. It is the largest city in West Africa and third in Africa. The city is located in south-western Nigeria and is a noticeable transportation point between the southwest and the north. The language is Yoruba. The most historic and famous places to visit for free in Ibadan are highlighted below:
The Hall is cited on the renowned Mapo hill, which is located at the centre of the city. It was designed and built in 1925 by Engineer Robert Taffy Jones. The prominent Ibadan citizens as at that time includes Chief Ebada Otiti, Arch S. B. Latunde, Chief Agbaje and Chief Ogunmola. The hall was the first Town hall in the city. It is an attractively designed and constructed colonial structure. It is one of the must visit historic spots in Ibadan. It comprises a mini museum which showcases ruins of chains used in holding tax evaders in those days. The pictures of all the past Olubadan (king) that ruled till date is conspicuously located inside the hall.
Bower Memorial Tower, Oke Aare
Located at the north-western axis of the state, the Old Oyo National Park is about 2,500 square kilometers. It is about 160 kilometers from Ibadan, it is a wooded forest with wide variety of wildlife and hills. it serves as habitat for the threatened animals like African wild dog, western kob, lion, roan antelope, Grimm’s duiker, western hartebeest, oribi, anubis baboon, crested porcupine, tantalus monkey, patas monkey, red river hog, buffalo, spotted hyena, gaboon viper, nile crocodile, land tortoise, rock python, waterbuck, warthog, bushbuck, guinea fowl, African fish eagle, hammer kop, bush fowl, grey heron, Senegal parrot, grey hornbill, yellow mantled whydah, white-headed plover, among many others. Well over 30 bird species like Guinea Fowl, White headed Plover, Hammer Kops, African fish eagle, yellow mantled whydah, bush fowl, senegal fire-finch, grey hornbill, grey heron, bannerman’s weaver, thrush and many more have been seen within the park.
IITA Forest, Ibadan
The forest reserve which serves as a leisure and research destination as well as a touring spot is owned by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) at their campus in Ibadan. This natural reserve is home to numerous kinds of birds. It also has a 3 kilometre long lake occupied with varied fish species. It is one of the few forested areas left in western Nigeria. It covers about 350ha. and lies within the 1000-ha. campus. Also in the forest are wooded areas, reservoir, wetlands, lakes and ponds, farmland and landscaped grounds. This gives a rich diversity of habitats for both plants and other living things. Well over 200 bird species and 220 species of butterfly have been recorded from the beginning of the forest project. Flora checklist consists of about 440 species with 90% having healing uses in West Africa. Besides, the forest has facilities for sport like a badminton court, 9-hole golf course, swimming pool, football pitch, lawn tennis court among others.
All the places above are located within Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. Whenever you visit Nigeria, make sure you benefit from these places, it is free.