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Ibadan News

Photo Essay: At a botanic garden — Reflexive visions in solitude Special

Ibadan - There is something in every city dweller that yearns for return to unspoiled nature. The world of concrete jungles in cities fosters a sense of alienation.The serenity of a park speaks to a vaguely defined yearning in us for the reflexive vision.
Digital Journal Report by JohnThomas Didymus - 3 comments

Photo Essay: Agodi Gardens — Metaphor of Inferno in Divine Comedy Special

This Digital Journal reporter visited the Agodi Gardens, Parliament Road, Ibadan, recently. The experience was hauntingly reminiscent of Dante Alighieri's "lost in the woods" metaphor in his Inferno, Divine Comedy.
Digital Journal Report by JohnThomas Didymus

Photo Essay: Agbeni Market — Ibadan's 'mother of markets' Special

Ibadan - Agbeni wholesalers market is the "mother of markets" in the city of Ibadan. The market specializes in wholesale distribution of processed household provisions and supplies produced by the light manufacturing industry in Lagos and Ibadan.
Digital Journal Report by JohnThomas Didymus - 2 comments

Photo Essay: Eleyele Dam — Painful memories of flood disasters Special

The Eleyele Dam is the source of drinking water for the parts of the city of Ibadan the Water Corporation of Oyo State's water pipe lines serve, and this is a dwindling section of the city whose growth has outpaced WCOS's extension of its water pipelines.
Digital Journal Report by JohnThomas Didymus - 9 comments

Photo Essay: Fun Factory, Ibadan, model children's amusement park Special

Ibadan - Ibadan has always lacked recreational facilities. When a visitor to Nigeria requests information about recreational centers, everyone recommends a trip to Lagos, a city with several tourist sites and tropical beaches in Victoria Island, Ikoyi and Lekki.
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Photo Essay: Hustle and bustle of the yuletide in Ibadan Special

Ibadan - The Christmas/New Year season—the yuletide—coincides with the harmattan or dry season in Nigeria, during which dusty and dry trans-Saharan trade winds blowing across the Gulf of Guinea in late November to December bring the rainy season to an end.
Digital Journal Report by JohnThomas Didymus - 6 comments

Photo Essay: A story of development — Ibadan wears a new look Special

Ibadan - This photo essay is sequel to an earlier (April, 2012) essay that documented the rehabilitation work-in-progress of the entire city's road network that began during the last two state administrations.
Digital Journal Report by JohnThomas Didymus - 3 comments

Photo Essay: Ibadan – 'Gege Oloorun,' challenges of urbanization Special

Ibadan - The major challenge of urban planning in the city of Ibadan springs from the fact that the city began as a refugee squatter camp. In the scramble for living space at the inception, every man simply grabbed a piece of the Earth for himself.
Digital Journal Report by JohnThomas Didymus - 5 comments

Photo essay: Bower's Tower, a colonial memorial of ambivalence Special

Ibadan - Bower's Tower is located on the summit of Oke-Are, the highest hill in Ibadan, from which one enjoys a commanding view of the city. Oke-Are ("The Army Chief's Hill") is the site central to Igbo-Agala (Agala Forest) in Sapati Area.
Digital Journal Report by JohnThomas Didymus - 2 comments

Rickety cabs and minibuses take over Ibadan roads Special

Ibadan - Nigerian state governments appear to have largely given up on efforts to control rickety vehicles on roads. Attempts that have been made to clear roads of ramshackle vehicles by issuing road worthiness certificates seem to have failed.
Digital Journal Report by JohnThomas Didymus

Saturday nightlife in Ibadan — Quiet, mellow and relaxing Special

Ibadan - Ibadan's nightlife does not aspire to compete with what major cities in the world offer night owls. Tourists seeking relatively risque night entertainment may find what the city offers rather tame.
Digital Journal Report by JohnThomas Didymus - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Benefits of bringing govt closer to people — Elewi Odo, Ibadan Special

Ibadan - The people of Ore-Ofe Estate, Elewi Odo recently had cause to rejoice. After decades of their suffering in silence the local authorities have finally opened up the neighborhood to the outside world with newly paved roads.
Digital Journal Report by JohnThomas Didymus

Photo essay: Skylines of Ibadan from Mapo Hill Special

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.
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Big market scenes from Ibadan, Nigeria — Oja-Oba/Orita-Merin Special

Ibadan - The heart of the indigenous section of Ibadan originally settled by Oyo war refugees in the nineteenth century is today a massive sprawl of commodities market. Oja-Oba/Orita-Merin is as big as any commodities market you will find anywhere in the world.
Digital Journal Report by JohnThomas Didymus - 3 comments

Mapo Hall, Ibadan's municipal city hall monument Special

Ibadan - Mapo Hall, Ibadan's city hall, was built in 1929. The hall was first refurbished in 2008 after it had fallen into dilapidation. DJ reporter recently visited Mapo and captured images of the refurbished hilltop monument the people of Ibadan are proud of.
Digital Journal Report by JohnThomas Didymus

Iwo Road — Ibadan's legendary traffic monster Special

Several years ago in the my teens, while on a long road trip with my Dad, we decided to have a quiz competition to relieve the boredom of the monotonous stretch of road to Nigeria's steel plant at Ajaokuta.
Digital Journal Report by JohnThomas Didymus

The changing face of Ibadan — A tale of two cities Special

Ibadan - The city of Ibadan in Nigeria has recently undergone significant transformation. The last two state administrations have invested heavily in upgrading the city's road network and public buildings. But the story of Ibadan remains a tale of two cities.
Digital Journal Report by JohnThomas Didymus - 1 comment

The people of Ibadan welcome Keke Ajumose Special

Ibadan - Recently, the people of Ibadan noticed the appearance of tricycles nicknamed "Keke Ajumose" on city roads. People have accepted the new means of transportation as cheaper and safer than the commercial motorcycles popularly known as "okada."
Digital Journal Report by JohnThomas Didymus - 5 comments

Nigeria's University of Ibadan, then and now Special

Ibadan - I recently visited the campus of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria's first university. Being on the campus after many years was a nostalgic experience. The campus was where I spent my childhood. My earliest memories are closely tied to the environment.
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Cocoa House: Tropical Africa's first skyscraper Special

Ibadan - The city of Ibadan in southwestern Nigeria is the site of Cocoa House, the first skyscraper in tropical Africa. The building is a modest 24 storey high-rise structure, property of Odu'a Investment Company Ltd. Cocoa House is a major landmark in Ibadan.
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Photo essay: Typical Nigerian small market scenes from Ibadan Special

Ibadan - Ibadan, with a population of about 1.5 million, is a sprawling market city about 120 kilometers north of Lagos metropolis, Nigeria. Ibadan was until 1970, the largest city in sub-Saharan Africa.
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 He caught you half-naked   her companion says  laughing.  Akowe  apologizes but it is only light-he...
"He caught you half-naked," her companion says, laughing. "Akowe" apologizes but it is only light-hearted banter. The weather is so hot and it isn't unusual for the women to undress in the open during the day
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This young man appears oblivious to the fact that he is taking a great health risk washing his in th...
This young man appears oblivious to the fact that he is taking a great health risk washing his in the heavily polluted water of the Ogunpa
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Driving toward Agodi from Gate
Driving toward Agodi from Gate
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Close up view of a typical  Danfo  minibus in Ibadan
Close up view of a typical "Danfo" minibus in Ibadan
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Gentlemen s secondhand clothing: shirts and trousers.
Gentlemen's secondhand clothing: shirts and trousers.
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Antiaris africana
Antiaris africana
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Mapo Hall  Ibadan. Frontage
Mapo Hall, Ibadan. Frontage
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Fun Factory
Fun Factory
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Mapo  Hall. Front side-view
Mapo Hall. Front side-view
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Dillenia indica
Dillenia indica
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A case of urban decay.
A case of urban decay.
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Orita-Merin: Yam sellers. The midday sun is hot  some of the women use umbrellas
Orita-Merin: Yam sellers. The midday sun is hot, some of the women use umbrellas
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Fun Factory
Fun Factory
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Cocoa House: Main entrance
Cocoa House: Main entrance
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A church conveniently situated for baptismal rites. Many of the church buildings were destroyed in 2...
A church conveniently situated for baptismal rites. Many of the church buildings were destroyed in 2011 flood. This one has been partially restored
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If you care to walk past the tall imposing new government  buildings along Dugbe-Mokola road this is...
If you care to walk past the tall imposing new government buildings along Dugbe-Mokola road this is the typical scene that greets you. For this neighborhood motorable road ends where that white car is parked.The slum stretches far deep into the heart of the city.
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View in the direction of Dugbe (roughly northwest)
View in the direction of Dugbe (roughly northwest)
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View of an outdoor pub in GRA
View of an outdoor pub in GRA
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Secondhand GSM phone sales at the roadside
Secondhand GSM phone sales at the roadside
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Bower s Tower
Bower's Tower
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