Living In Ibadan Tag With Collins of thestreethaute…
Welcome to another blogger feature post!
Today’s feature is Collins (the first male blogger to be featured in this series) who blogs at thestreethaute and I am super excited about this feature because he is one male blogger that I adore. He is indeed a Glazed Doughnut.
Living in Ibadan Tag With Collins of thestreethaute
LSOO: How long have you been living in your city?
I’ve been living in Ibadan for approximately 15 years now. Even though I’ve been shuffling between Ibadan and Ilorin since 2014 because of school, Ibadan is still my home.
LSOO: Are you there temporarily or permanently
I really can’t say. Whatever happens after school will determine what steps I’ll take. But I’ll really love to explore other places.
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LSOO: Share with us three good things about the city.
Regardless of all the slanders, Ibadan gets from outsiders, Ibadan is a really nice place.
1| It is not crowded as the city is large enough for the inhabitants. No ‘graa graa’
2| Everyone is friends with everyone ( I’m not even joking on this. We mostly have mutual friends.)
3| Things are considerably cheap, especially the housing.
And a bonus, the amala. I have been to almost all the other states in the south west and I haven’t seen anywhere with amala as good as Ibadan’s.
LSOO: Share with us three bad things about the city.
Everywhere has its pros and construction so I can’t even deny that Ibadan doesn’t.
1| The governance in Ibadan is very poor. I sometimes think the Governor has abandoned the place.
2| Investors shy away from Ibadan which is why the development is slow compared to Lagos and some other states. I get that Ibadan is not where ‘things’ are happening but it wouldn’t hurt to invest in it. Take Dominoes and Shoprite for example, they both have 2 branches in Ibadan. In fact, the largest Shoprite in Nigeria is in Ibadan. I think KFC has 3. If they weren’t making good profit, they wouldn’t have even bothered with a second store.
3| Also, non-diversity of trade. Most traders sell the same things. There are some things I can’t even get in Ibadan. It’s either I ask someone to get it from Lagos or I order it. Both of which usually takes time.
LSOO: Where is your favorite place to have lunch with friends?
Before I left for school, it was Dominoes but my friends back home have been raving about some new places that open up recently. Places like Cafe Chrysalis, Da-King grill and Coffee, even a new Chinese restaurant. I’d love to visit these places when I go back.
LSOO: Where is your favorite place to experience the nightlife of the city?
To really enjoy the night life in Ibadan you can’t just stay in one place, you have to move around. You can start at Mauve Lounge at Ring road and end up in one of the cool places at Bodija. You could even go clubbing at Aqua Ebevande if you’re the kind of person that loves the loud scene.
LSOO: Where will you go to have an ”alone” time in the city?
Personally, I’d stay in my house because like I said, everyone knows everyone. But if you really want to go out, you could catch a Movie at Heritage Mall in Dugbe or Palms Mall at Ring road. Whatever you do, avoid Ventura Mall. You will definitely see more than 3 people you know. You could also dine alone at one of the fancy restaurants in any of the malls or around them or even Bukas.
LSOO: Someone is visiting the city first time, where will you take the person and why?
I’ll definitely take the person around Ibadan first. I’d like the person to experience both sides of Ibadan. I’d like the person to know that Ibadan is just like every other state with the rough places and nice places. Only that the rough places are old because Ibadan is ancient.
LSOO: What is that one thing that needs to change about the city?
The government has to. Hopefully, the next one will be better. It’s the job of the government to bring investors in but the present one is taking them out.
LSOO: Share with us a funny experience since you have been living in the city?
There have been a lot of funny incidents but the one I can remember vividly was the last presidency election campaign. A candidate donated a transformer to a particular area. After he lost the election, he collected it back. The news was too funny back then.
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