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article imagePhoto essay: Skylines of Ibadan from Mapo Hill Special

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By JohnThomas Didymus     Apr 7, 2012 in Travel
Ibadan - Mapo Hill commands an all-encompassing view of Ibadan for miles around. Digital Journal reporter attempted to capture skylines of the city from Mapo Hill in several directions.
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.
A view of Ibadan from Mapo in the direction of Orita Merin
A view of Ibadan from Mapo in the direction of Orita Merin
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Skyline of Ibadan over Orita Merin
Skyline of Ibadan over Orita Merin
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View in the direction of Dugbe (roughly northwest)
View in the direction of Dugbe (roughly northwest)
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Another view roughly to the west in the direction of Dugbe
Another view roughly to the west in the direction of Dugbe
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View of Ibadan from Mapo toward Agodi (roughly northeast)
View of Ibadan from Mapo toward Agodi (roughly northeast)
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A view in the direction of UCH
A view in the direction of UCH
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A section of the view in the direction of UCH
A section of the view in the direction of UCH
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View of Ibadan from Mapo Hill in the direction of  Agodi
View of Ibadan from Mapo Hill in the direction of Agodi
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View to the right of the road descending Mapo Hill to Yemetu
View to the right of the road descending Mapo Hill to Yemetu
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View of Ibadan descending Mapo Hill along the Oja-Oba mosque road
View of Ibadan descending Mapo Hill along the Oja-Oba mosque road
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