If you are not from Ibadan, but you live in Ibadan, here’s a scenario you might recognize. It’s Christmas. You are headed back to your home town (Lagos maybe) and you are chatting with your old friends about your new life. They share their opinion on Ibadan: the town is dead; the people are just backward and crude; How do you even survive there? a friend might even ask. Chances are, you will get defensive about Ibadan life as living there has given you a different view of it.
Of course, there are  things that could be better about the city but in case you need a quick retort for someone who just does not get it, Jumia Travel, Africa’s No. 1 online hotel booking portal, highlights a few wrong perceptions about the city and why they are not true (mostly).
1. Ibadan is a dead town 
The term ‘dead’ might seem harsh, but a lot of people have used it in reference to the city of the famous old brown roofs. ‘Dead’ implies that the city is utterly boring and there are no exciting or even just fun activities to keep visitors and inhabitants occupied for  leisure. The truth however is, while Ibadan might be an ancient town, there are a lot of things to do and ways to entertain yourself while visiting. Events, shows and tournaments are held on a regular basis. There are also various tourist attractions to visit such as: Ibadan Recreation Centre, Cultural Centre of Mokola, Liberty Stadium, Bower Memorial Tower, Palace of the Olubadan, Dugbe Market, etc. It is as much fun as other major cities, including Lagos and Abuja, you just need to research properly before visiting, and hook up with the right links while you are there.
EMETE: I really don't know why people keep saying this but this is absolutely untrue. Well, this was my thought before I came down to Ibadan and now my perception has totally changed. Ibadan is as alive as it can be and you get to meet very interesting, lively and well - educated people here. If you are a loyal follower of this blog, you would know that there are so many social places in Ibadan that you can go. They are all very accessible and can stand beside any other social place in any big city in Nigeria you might want to mention
2. There are no modern facilities in the city
Ibadan may be one of the oldest cities in Nigeria, but it no longer  struggles to adapt to modernization. It has seen some recent developments – the older buildings have been renovated and modern facilities have been installed around the city, the city now has a profound combination of the modern and conservative. There are malls with escalators, ultra-modern shopping complexes, cinemas, high-end hotels and restaurants, etc.
EMETE: I feel this one is just an extension of number one. There are too many modern facilities in the city. Talk about The Palms, Ventura, Heritage Mall, Cocoa House, Koko Dome, Shoprite (There are many of them in Ibadan), Viva Cinema, Owu Crown Hotel etc. What more can I say? A visit would convince you. And when you visit, biko, holla at me o!
3. There is no nightlife
“Ah! In Ibadan, they sleep by 6pm…”, “There are no clubs in Ibadan”…these are common replies you get from people when they are asked to comment on Ibadan nightlife. Although Ibadan is not like Lagos, Abuja or even Port Harcourt where there are large number of nightclubs and some of the streets are still abuzz by midnight, it has noticeable nightlife. The fun seekers know where the clubs are located. Some of the top clubs include 411, Cottons, GQ Lounge, Bubbles, Options, Echo, Dome, Top 1 Gardens,  e.t.c and these places are well explored by “hip” population of the city.
EMETE: The nightlife in Ibadan is crazy and second to none. I'm going to be uploading a muse on this. You guys should watch out for it because I would be needing your opinions. And people here don't sleep by 6pm. Infact, that is when the evening is just starting. Don't judge from afar.
4. The people who live in Ibadan are old and boring 
Ibadan might be an old city, but not all of its inhabitants are old or boring. A number of young people from Ibadan migrate to bigger cities for education and in search for lucrative jobs, still, a large percentage of its population is made up of young vibrant individuals between the ages of 20-35. Matter of fact, a number of young people also migrate from not just smaller towns but also cities as big as Lagos to Ibadan for business and educational purposes. There are currently 3 tertiary institutions in the city with students from around the country.
EMETE: Please, am I old and boring? You shouldn't generalize. There are many old and boring people in every part of the world but that doesn't make for the entire population. There are many young, vibrant and bubbling individuals here in Ibadan. Even the old people 'jasi'. If not that this is not a personal blog, I would have downloaded enough gist for you guys. In Ibadan, you will meet the most interesting people. I hope you are following the story series on the blog though.
5. The people who live in Ibadan are not trendy
A number of times you see pictures of people looking weird and it being attributed to Ibadan with comments like: “Ibadan girls be like…” or “you can only see this in Ibadan”. Whereas some might consider it entertaining or even hilarious, it fosters a huge misconception. While it is impossible for everyone who lives in Ibadan, as in any town, to be trendy and up-to-date as regards fashion, tech and living in general, most of the inhabitants of the city are quite modish in their appearance and behavior.
EMETE: This was my exact thought too before I moved here. On getting here, my eyes opened. The people here are so uptodate especially fashion - wise. The best dressed in my friend's department stays here in Ibadan. The boutiques and cloth stores here sell uptodate wears like trending and trendy kind of clothes. And they are not cheap o. Don't think everything here is cheap. If you hear the price like this, you will almost run back. This accounts for the quality of these clothes.
6. People who live in Ibadan are not tech-savvy
This is certainly not true. People in Ibadan know how to use phones, they use high-tech gadgets and the businesses have blogs and websites, just like in Lagos or any other “big city” in Nigeria. You can get information about Ibadan online from blogs such as liveinibadan.blogspot.com whatsupibadan.com, redroofcity.com, ibpulse.com e.t.c.
EMETE: Too many people here use the latest gadgets from phones to laptops to mac book and anything you can think of. They are following the latest gists and every trending website both in Nigeria and outside the country.
7. Every person with a tribal mark is from Ibadan
Aside from aesthetics, tribal marks are a huge part of different cultures across Nigeria and so, serve as a means to indicate where a person is from. In more recent times, the tribal mark trend has waned and so very few people still have them. For some reason however, people now refer to anyone with a ‘Yoruba-like’ tribal mark as ‘from Ibadan’. This is a wide misconception that has swept through the west. There are some who still give and wear the tribal mark in Ibadan, however, it is important to note that feature is not restricted to Ibadan.
EMETE: Lol. My mom is from Ibadan and she has a tribal mark. I can't dispute this fact but that was then not now. Hardly will you be passing and be seeing a bunch of people with tribal marks. You can see these people in very local areas but not in the cities. They are very few and do not account for the entire population.
8. Ibadan people are backwards and crude 
There is a post online showing a picture of some people in Ibadan trying to get on an escalator. The picture was intended to give off the impression that people from Ibadan are backward and crude, so they do not understand how things in the modern life works. While the picture revealed an actual incident, it merely fed an erroneous misconception. There will always be the group of people in a city who still need to catch up on certain things, Ibadan is just one of the many cities with such group of people.
EMETE: Oops! This kind of hurts. I used to say this about 'AfricaMagic Yoruba' but I've stopped. It's even worse when you say it about an entire city. Ibadan people are not backward and crude. They are more forward than you. I mean, the people here are the same as the people in Lagos, Port Hacourt, Abuja, Delta etc but in different areas.
9. Anyone with a strong Yoruba accent is from Ibadan 
The Yoruba accent simply implies the ‘h’ and ‘v/f’ factor. It is widely believed that people from Ibadan are the only ones who have strong Yoruba accents and are never rid of them. While this conception is justifiable since Yoruba is the native language in Ibadan, there is no actual proof for the notion.
EMETE: Lol. No way! I've never heard anyone with this kind of strong accent since I came to Ibadan. Well, maybe I wasn't paying attention. Well, I always am. That's to tell you that this is a big fat lie. People with this accent are everywhere and they are in other big cities as well. People who say these things just want to have something to talk about. Very poor attitude.
10. Every part of Oyo state is Ibadan 
Most people tend to associate everything related to Oyo state with Ibadan. For instance if someone says they are from Oyo state, the person is immediately referred to as an Ibadan person. Ibadan may be the capital of the state, but is actually just a section of the much larger state.
EMETE: I used to think so too but not anymore. Oyo is very much different from Ibadan and I'm hearing they are planning to make Ibadan a state on it's own. That's to tell you how different they are. I'm currently in Ibadan not Oyo. Oyo is in another place entirely. I don't think I've ever been to Oyo sef.
Do you know any other misconceptions about Ibadan? Share them in the comment box below.
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  1. 'Demola Adejare14 May 2017 at 12:05

    This was very interesting. Thank God these misconceptions were stated out. Ibadan is more than all these

    1. @'demola adejare, you spoke right.

  2. Thanks for this o jère, Emete. I have a lot of people I must show this post. My friends in school are fond of tagging Ibadan the dirtiest city/place in Nigeria. But I let them know that even though it's all been exerggerated, that was Ibadan of the past, the new Ibadan is a dove!

    1. @teslim omipidan, Lol. Please show them this post jare. And yes to Ibadan been dope! Wasere!

  3. Thanks for taking the time to write this. I love Ibadan a lot even though I am not from there. It has a good mix of trendy, calm and laidbackness that I love. Plus things aren't too expensive.
    You can still enter a bus or taxi for twenty naira. 😀

    1. @abisola, lmao. I dey tell you. I dey even enter bike for twenty naira. Like, I'm very serious! I love IB jare.

  4. Lol at the tribal marks point. I used to think that Ibadan is boring but my friend kept correcting my views so many times.so now that I have heard from you I'm OK. thank you for sharing this.


    1. @dominika goodness, I was once like you. So, I can't pinch you much. Now you know better!

  5. Ghenghen! Where are the haters of those who live in and/or come from Ibadan?! This post needs to go viral oooo

    I can relate to this post. I stay in Oshodi in Lagos and many people have similar misconceptions. In fact, you have just inspired me to write about it!

    Beautiful post!

    1. @nwamaka ajaegbu, lol. You should share this post with them.


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