Ibadan is not like the typical American or European city with a proper skyline (as technically defined) consisting of skyscrapers with the sky in the background. Instead what we see in Ibadan, a city established in the nineteenth century as a war refugee squatter camp, is a picture of urban development an expert has described as a study in organized disorder.
The view of the city from Mapo Hill is a haphazard patchwork of rusty corrugated roofing that defy any definition of order. Yet the "skyline" is a remarkable sight to ponder when one considers that most of the buildings in the indigenous part of the city were built in the first half of the last century and only very few have ever been refurbished by their owners.
The viewer should note the architectural designs of the storeyed residential buildings. They reflect the "Brazilian style" of building in vogue along the West African coast in the early to mid-twentieth century. This style was introduced to Lagos by freed Brazilian slaves who constituted the social elite in Lagos at the time. It is still common in Lagos to encounter prosperous Nigerian families with such names as Fernandez, Da Costa, Da Silvera, Cardoso and Shitta Bey.