Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo State is located on seven hills. It is regarded by many as the link between the past, the present, and the future, because of its rich history evident in monuments that have been sustained for decades.
In 1853, the first Europeans to settle in Ibadan, Reverend Hinderer and his wife, started Ibadan’s first Western schools. They built churches and schools and the first two-storey building in Ibadan, which can still be found today at Kudeti.
Captain Ross in 1929 commissioned Mapo Hall, an architectural masterpiece sited atop Mapo Hill. Mapo Hall remains a venue for many grand events, with those opportune to have entered the hall having read about it in history books often telling stories of how they slipped into reverie just sitting in the hall.
Located at Oke Are, Bower tower is another monument in Ibadan’s rich history. It was erected by captain Bower, a onetime colonial governor of Ibadan. From the top of this landmark you can see Ibadan as it is, with a sea of rusted roof and lush vegetation sure to warm minds enough to make them stay or want to come back.
University of Ibadan was Nigeria’s first university. Established as a college of the University of London in 1948, and later converted into an autonomous university in 1962, and with that came the first teaching hospital in Nigeria, the University College Hospital.
One can also speak of the Nigeria Television Authority, Ibadan, which prides itself as the first TV station in the whole of Africa. The TV station still transmits today.
Ibadan’s beginnings may be shrouded in mystery, with historians giving different accounts of how it all started, but its historical richness is evident, with every turn you make, a story to tell.