How to explore Ìbàdàn, Nigeria in one weekend: Part 2

Victoria’s reaction to trying out Starfruit for the first time

Àmàlà Skye

Seyi needed to use the ATM’s so we went to the Polaris bank (formerly Skye Bank — where Amala Skye gets its name from) to use their ATM. He eventually had to withdraw from those POS vendors instead because of the queue at the Bank.

Benie on the streets of Ibadan
Getting our Amala dished out
Benie on the Amala

The Zoo at the University of Ibadan(UI)

Once done with our meal, we all couldn’t get up. We sat there for at least another 30mins before we were able to get moving again. Our next destination was the Zoo at UI. I wasn’t excited about this part of the trip but I was down to go anywhere everyone wanted to go. It ended up being really fun — it made me realize experiencing a place is what you make of it and the people you share the experience with and not entirely about the place itself.

Benie shooting her Jordi Koalitic inspired videos in front of UI’s gate with Victoria as muse
Ajoke the Giraffe
Have you seen cooler kids than these?
Victoriaaaaa by Seyi
Benie jumping into billionssss
Coconut head children sitting on the Fence in UI
Cashew in Ibadan
Trying out cashews for the first time

Bower’s Tower

We were tired from the Zoo but weren’t ready to go home yet considering that we didn’t have enough time to see all the places we wanted to see. We discussed where to go next between all of Mapo Hall, Bower’s Tower and Stone Cafe. We ended up going with Bower’s Tower.

Walking up the Mountain to Bower’s Tower
Seyi taking the best pictures
Seyi at the top of Bower’s Tower
Benie from the top of Bower’s Tower

Stone Cafe

We drove past The Palms Mall, Ibadan on your way here. You may decide to make a stop here to spend some time at the Mall.


I have to say that, compared to Lagos, I felt safe throughout our time in Ibadan. There were a couple of police cars on patrol but I never sighted a policeman with a gun throughout our time there. The most I saw were traffic wardens.



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