Ibadan, the home to Nigeria’s premier University (University of Ibadan), the first TV Station(WNTV/WNBS), the First Teaching Hospital (UCH) , the first standard stadium (LIBERTY STADIUM), the first major Skyscraper (Cocoa House) is the capital of Oyo state, and the most populous city in the state with a population of over 3 million people.
Ibadan is the third most populous city in Nigeria, after Lagos and Kano which came into existence in 1829, during a period of turmoil that characterized Yorubaland at the time; it is the country’s largest city by geographical area.
At Nigerian independence, Ibadan was the largest and most populous city in the country, and the third in Africa after Cairo and Johannesburg.
Ibadan is located in south-western Nigeria, 128 km inland northeast of Lagos and 530 km southwest of Abuja, the federal capital, and is a prominent transit point between the coastal region and the areas in the hinterland of the country.
Ibadan had been the centre of administration of the old Western Region since the days of the British colonial rule, and parts of the city’s ancient protective walls still stand to this day. The principal inhabitants of the city are the Yorubas, as well as various communities from other parts of the country.
If you are considering domiciling in Ibadan then here are the best places to consider.
1. Agodi G.R.A:
When the name “Agodi G.R.A” is mentioned, many things run through our minds. Apart from being a First Class low industry residential neigbourhood, it also prides itself as the seat and home of power.
The Oyo State secretariat which houses the Governor’s Office is in Agodi G.R.A— the government house, the deputy governor’s house and the first’s lady office are all domiciled in this G.R.A.
A quiet, posh, clear-green neighborhood, Agodi G.R.A has to a large extent remained purely residential with little or no physical planning contradictions.
2. Iyanganku G.R.A:
Iyanganku G.R.A is a place only exclusive to the super rich plus the high and mighty in Ibadan. If you are not any of these, please don’t be caught there.
Like the state is rightfully called ‘OYO’ (you are ‘on your own’). A residential neigbourhood with mostly breathtaking owner occupier country homes usually set on large acreage of land spices with lush green lawns, swimming pool, car-lots e.t.c.
Iyanganku G.R.A is the billionaire G.R.A with first grade infrastructural facilities including a first-rated neigbourhood police station armed to the teeth.
3. Onireke G.R.A:
Onireke G.R.A is a fully developed highbrow and low density residential hub, Onireke G.R.A has always being the Lebanese colony of Ibadan. Nearly 2/3 of its inhabitants are of Lebanese decent, some to the third generation.
A small sized prime residential neigbourhood, Onireke G.R.A has continued to be an investor’s, delight because of its proximity to Dugbe (the CBD), the Ibadan Recreation Club, Golf Club and Magazine Road, of which the Lebanese have substantial warehouses.
Bodija is one of the most popular places in Ibadan. It gained recognition with the development of like named highbrow estate shortly after the Independence of Nigeria.
There are two of such estates within the region. Old Bodija and New Bodija. The estate is home to many popular schools within the state. It also houses the Bodija Market which is one of the largest Markets in Ibadan.
5. Oluyole Estate
Oluyole Estate in Ibadan is under Ibadan South West Local Government Area at Oyo State. Oluyole Estate is located in the heart of Ibadan on Ring Road.
It is a blend of upper and middle-class Ibadan residents. Living in Oluyole is averagely affordable. It is a few minutes drive from the Legendary Liberty Stadium.
Because of its central location, Oluyole is loved by a lot of people. The road network is good. Oluyole is a blend of residential and commercial community in Ikeja.
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