5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD LIVE IN IBADAN

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I've gotten series of messages and emails from people telling me that they would be moving to Ibadan and quite a number of them are not fully convinced that moving would be a great choice. Many are simply moving because they cannot cope with the expensive Lagos life. Like I usually say, that's not a good enough reason. For you to move to a place, you should be sure that you have done enough research so that you don't get stuck in the end and that's why this blog is here to help you as there are quite a number of posts to guide you coupled with a series of other Ibadan blogs.

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If you are also thinking of moving to Ibadan either as a newly wed, as a single or as a family, you are assuredly making a very great choice and I will be giving you 5 reasons why you are on the right track. And if you are not yet settled on whether to move to Ibadan or not, these 5 reasons should be enough to convince you on why you should move and live in Ibadan.

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5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD LIVE IN IBADAN

1. THE OPPORTUNITIES

Contrary to popular opinion, Ibadan has a host of opportunities to offer. It is quite unfortunate that people are yet to take full advantage of the numerous opportunities Ibadan has to offer. There are many people who live in Ibadan and travel all the way to Lagos to work and this keeps me wondering why a person would want to travel all the way while risking a lot. This is majorly because they are yet to open their eyes to the many opportunities available in Ibadan. However, many youths are taking hold of these opportunities which is a very bold step. I've seen many students after graduating from the University Of Ibadan, PolyIbadan and other tertiary institutions, intentionally redeploy to Ibadan just because they have been able to pinpoint an opportunity and are sure Ibadan is where the real deal is. Whatever can survive in Lagos, Abuja, Port Hacourt, can obviously survive in Ibadan. More and more companies are coming to invest in Ibadan by the day and you wouldn't want to miss out on these opportunities.

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2. THE AFFORDABILITY

It is very important to note that Ibadan is not as cheap as it used to be. The last time my parents came down to Ibadan, they assumed they could buy everything cheap but were taken aback by the high prices. Ibadan has evolved and this goes along with the standard of living. Notwithstanding, you can still get away with quite a number of things. You can get a self contain for as cheap as N60,000 for a year and even less. Of course, you can't find that in Lagos, Abuja or PortHacourt. My friend is paying N16,000 for his self contain apartment for 6 months. Isn't that astonishing? However, the location matters as well. I and my parents went to survey a new estate that is being built in Jericho and the price of one of the houses goes for N80 million. Like I said, the location matters. But if you really don't mind the location, you can get really great offers for cheap prices. Though food is no longer cheap, it's still a bit cheaper than what is being sold elsewhere as well as a host of other things. You would be saving a lot if you decide to relocate down to this beautiful city.

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3. THE PEOPLE

No. Never think Ibadan is made up of very dark people with long tribal marks as portrayed by the internet. Yes, I used to think so until I came down here and had the opportunity to interact with many people here. Ibadan comprises of different people ranging from all tribes and races. We have the Yorubas, the Igbos, the Hausas, the Deltans, the Edos, the Kogis (all Nigerian states respectively) and even white people ranging from the Americans, the Chinese etc. Of course, Ibadan is not poverty stricken and is not full of illiterates contrary to popular opinion. We have well educated and learned people from every field. So, don't be scared that your neighbor will be shouting 'sikira' everyday. My friend who lives at Agbowo in Ibadan which is quite under developed has a Lawyer as his neighbor who lives adjacent to his flat, another neighbor who shuffles between Nigeria and the Uk as his flat mate, another lawyer who lives a few flats away and a host of others. Imagine the kind of neighbors you will then have in a fully developed area. Of course, you have to take into cognizance the kind of neighbors you will have to live with before parking into a new area.

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4. THE ENVIRONMENT

Another thing that took my parents by surprise were the good roads. They intentionally came with a jeep just in case they had to face bad roads. However, it turned out to be more of a poor decision as the roads were very smooth to ride on. The Oyo State Government has done a very good job in road construction and maintenance as many of the roads are tidy and do not have the usual potholes except you get to the under developed areas. However, most of the roads with main streets and businesses have very good road links. If you have a car, be assured of a smooth ride and if you'll be shuffling between cabs and buses or bikes, be assured of a jolly good ride from your house to work to your religious centre and to other fun sites. Also, Ibadan has a very good and enjoyable weather and it's a big fat lie that Ibadan is very dirty. The Government has implemented policies to curb it and we can say that they have achieved that in a percentage of 60%.

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5. THE SOCIAL LIFE

Who wants to live in an environment with a poor social life? Uhm, No one! Ibadan has dedicated major efforts to improving the social life of its people by joining hands with investors to pitch major social infrastructures in town. Whether you are part of the TGIF Gang (Thank God It's Friday) or you want somewhere you can unwind for the weekend after a stressful week, Ibadan has got you covered. If you are not the social type but you would love to go somewhere conservative, Ibadan has different places available and if you've been following this blog, you would know a couple of those places by now. Ibadan people are not lousy people but they sure know how to gyrate when it's time. You won't want to miss out on the enjoyment. My friend who is doing his PhD in Ibadan but is based in Lagos asked me to take him round Ibadan so he could just get a glimpse of what the city has to offer. We spent eight straight hours touring the city and when we were done, he was overwhelmed and surprised at the greatness of the city and commented that he won't mind moving down away from the hustle and bustle of Lagos Island. Are you still contemplating???

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EMETE



7 comments:

  1. This can't be written any better than this. Three gboosas for you, Emete. This really made my day. Even living in the interiors of Ibadan, I mean places like Popo Yemoja, Oja'ba, Beere, Agbeni can be fun. I have a lot of secondary school friends who live there and I visit them once in a while. But it can be annoying to people who are used to quiet and 'borti' life sha. I live around Babalola Estate at Orita-Challenge and nobody shouts 'Sikira' upandan everyday. And if I want to hear shouts of 'Sikira', I'll just visit my friends in the interiors. So, people listen to Emete o, come and live in Ibadan!

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    1. Lol. Thanks , Teslim. It couldn't have said any better.

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  2. Yay.i wish we could past this all over the internet. I love Ibadan die.

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    1. That would be great. Let them know!

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  3. Emete dear, long time no visit each other blogs ooo, lol. Great tips you have given here. Have missed here but I'm back now. I nominated you for the mystery blogger award. Kindly check out my blog link here to claim your mystery blogger award. Thank you http://dominikagoodness.blogspot.com.ng/2017/07/the-mystery-blogger-award.html?m=1#more

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    1. Aww. This is too sweet of you. Thanks dear and God bless. I'll check it out.

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