An Ode To My “City-Love”

Does the city of your birth hold any significance for you? You might associate significance to mean your family being in the city of your birth and maybe the saying “home is where the heart is” err but I think that for me it’s more than that.

The city of Ibadan (Ẹ̀bá Ọ̀dàn) just holds an affinity for me that I haven’t quite figured out yet, I need to travel round the world and then come back to revisit this blog and see if any other city would be in my bloodstream or tug at my heartstrings the way Ibadan does.

You should read the poem below to understand this image better. Image source: Google

As a full time resident for about 2decades plus(I’m sure someone is already saying that’s why you have an affinity, 😂 maybe, maybe not) with occasional forays to the big city of Lagos and other south western cities in Nigeria, it is safe to say each time I’m out of the city and I step back, my feet literally itch to drive through the city, visit anywhere, board a taxi and haggle the transportation fare😂. For one who loves the city so much you would think I took my time to dig deep into its history and significant historical places and so I’m about to share it’s history with you and introduce you to my city 🤣 (I’m sorry to disappoint you 😭). Oh well! let me introduce Ibadan to you with the popular poem Ibadan by J. P. Clark

running splash of rust

and gold-flung and scattered

among seven hills like

broken china in the sun

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My city-love (for lack of a better word) is a mix of ancient civilization, golden brown rusty roofs, maybe not well structured and modern civilization , with the mix of the old and new as you drive through 😂 but I love to pass through all these seemingly mix-matched pattern my city is famous for. My favorite drive routes would be the “Ojo express way , Ojo down to the Mokola roundabout, University of Ibadan down to the UCH, Mokola down to Ringroad, a drive through Sango down to Eleyele, a drive through Mokola to the Alesinloye market, Iworoad to the Monatan, Iyana church axis, a drive through the Akobo estate to link Monatan, the routes within the University of Ibadan(where I lived for two years) and of course Iworoad down to my parents’ house too” 😂😂.

Welcome to the University of Ibadan. Image Source: Google
Say hello to the Mokola bridge for the prestigious Mokola roundabout. Image source: Google

If you are a resident or one who is familiar with Ibadan, I’m sure this brings back memories. (P.S: I do not drive 🙃 and I haven’t been serious about my driving lessons😉 but I’m blessed to have people who do not mind giving me a ride to places I need to be in my city especially a dear friend who answers when I call and drives me all through my favorite spots☺😊).

Albeit, I also completely love to take taxis, I mean the thrill of getting a spot to sit at the back, with two other strangers and being lucky to get a window seat, meeting with different taxi drivers, with annoying and funny personalities 😂 (those ones from Iworoad to my father’s house are just a sport on their own 🤣) and then haggling the taxi fare, take it a step further jostling and haggling with traders especially in the Dugbe market, (haggling with traders Tolu? Err no I do not have the strength most of the time) but when I occasionally hold these conversations it can either be funny or annoying.

A raw view of my city as it is, trust me there are well-planned estates and amazing spots also but I’d rather give you its realness. Image Source: Google

Between me and you, I think it’s the easy going and friendly vibe the city gives, going on without a care in the world and still retaining its intricacies, whilst also going through modern development and not losing its essence, more so the ability not to hold on too tight to the world and it’s temporary glories would be why the city is forever in my blood stream.

For perspectives sake, let’s say I’m writing to share a perspective that maybe just maybe there are places/people/things that you have an unexplainable affinity to, you may do well to explore these people, places, passions or things as the case may be as long as they do not take you off-track or more precisely, off your life’s path.

Here I drop my writer’s pen, from my heart as always

P.S: Viva La Vida

Published by Tolulope Inspire

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28 thoughts on “An Ode To My “City-Love”

  1. Ara Ibadan kini so😁.
    Well, I had to love Ibadan bcs of uni days, it was like a rescue from school for me….
    Even though I don’t go all the time, the fact that I know someone going out to Ibadan while in school just gives me joy then.
    I love the fact that part of it has also grown and developed over the years

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  2. Ibadan is mostly a place I go to rest, after spending several weeks coping with Lagos stress. The relaxed atmosphere does it for me.

    I also have a lot of family and friends residing there which makes my stay fun-filled.

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  3. My Ibadan ❤️❤️❤️. I itch to go back any time i leave the city. Especially when i go to cities like Lagos, where nothing is really sane, i look forward to coming back to my Ibadan.
    My Ibadan offers Sanity, freedom, low cost of living, space, fresh breath, and lots more. I would travel far and wide soon, but my Ibadan would be forever dear to me

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    1. 😄😄😄😄 Hello Elizabeth😍you personalized the city “My Ibadan” I love that. Sanity , freedom and space extremely important something all in one city I totally agree with you ❤


  4. The sane atmosphere in Ibadan and the relatively low standard of living makes it stand out for me.

    As big as it is, navigating your way around is more easier than other crowded cities around

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    1. Hello Iyanu, it’s good to have you here. Thank you for sharing your perspective about Ibadan and I quite agree with your perspective. I hope to have you on this journey with me.


  5. Love this cos I love Ibadan Lol!

    I lived there for 2 years cos of school and there’s this special affinity I also have for the city. Not like I’ll like to go back to living there tho😂 but sometimes in my head I play with the idea of Ibadan being a place to rest from all the hustle /bustle of Lagos. The breeze, the serenity/peace is everything…….definitely a perfect Nigerian hideout for me, for now……..well, till i explore other parts of Nigeria and find others. Lol!

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    1. Tumzzzz, firstly thank you for loving this. Secondly, ‘lmao’ I understand that as a Lagosian you definitely would not want to relocate completely to Ibadan but your perspective about Ibadan is swwwwweeeeet. Please explore oooh


  6. Ibadan. 30 years, I lived there. I was thinking this to myself the other day.
    Reading through this piece, I feel some sense of nostalgia. Though my favorite Old Ife Road was not mentioned. #TongueOut.
    Nice one @Tolu. Way to go!

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    1. Hello TM, I’m glad you felt some sense of nostalgia whilst you were reading #lmao. I’m sorry I forgot to mention ‘Old Ife Road’ Loyola college, your alma malta yeah? #Lol. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and for the support always.

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