Ibadan

Nigeria's ancient city wearing a modern hat.

Housing the country's oldest university, West Africa's first skyscraper, and a wealth of local cuisine.

Ibadan is one of the few cities in the country to retain its old-world charm while still progressing towards modernity.

Ibadan, often referred to as the city of brown roofs, is a city that has managed to keep hold of its cultural heritage. The University of Ibadan, established in 1948, is the oldest university in Nigeria and is housed in a campus that is a sight to behold with its old architecture, greenery and serene environment.

Ibadan is also home to Cocoa House, the first skyscraper built in West Africa. While not that tall of a building by today's standards, it was a symbol of wealth and prosperity when it was built in 1965 from the proceeds of agricultural exports.

The city's history can explored in the National Museum of Unity, which showcases a range of artifacts that tell the story of Nigeria's diverse ethnic groups. Another historically significant place is the Palace of the Olubadan, the traditional ruler of Ibadan. Though it is not open to the public, the palace premises is worth a visit.

For a taste of local food, there are many places serving traditional Yoruba cuisine. Amala and Ewedu, Gbegiri soup, and Moin moin are some of the dishes you should try.

Just outside of the city is the University of Ibadan Zoological Garden, a small zoo that is home to a variety of animals including lions, monkeys, and crocodiles.

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