Over the years, many Nigerians have debated whether Ibadan is better than Lagos with remarks been tossed like grenades across both sides. Sometimes, we are caught in a web of fierce argument about the two cities.
However, Ibadan and Lagos are famous and great cities in the country.
Ibadan, the largest city in Nigeria has become an upmarket city, popularly known as the ‘Largest City of Africa’; but Lagos is the one of the smallest city in Africa that best combines the diversities, character, foibles and strengths of Nigeria.
We have highlighted 10 reasons Ibadan is better than Lagos:
1. THE COST OF LIVING
Have you ever wondered why almost everyone wants to be in Ibadan instead of Lagos even though it is better developed and prettier? The reason is simple! Ibadan is a city that is very affordable to live no matter your social status. It has become the home of everyone which means that you can comfortably live in Ibadan with little compared to the luxury lifestyle in Lagos.
2. THE LARGEST CITY IN WEST AFRICA
Let us face it, when it comes to the Largest Cities in the world, Ibadan is definitely one unlike Lagos, you can never know all the towns or places in Ibadan in 7 days, there are some places that would take you 2 hours to get to from Challenge or the Toll gate of the city, Ibadan has the Largest Shoprite Mall in West Africa and even the premier University in Nigeria is in Ibadan is another city of it own. Ibadan is definitely a center of attraction.
3. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, YOU CAN FIND AN AFFORDABLE APARTMENT IN IBADAN
Yes, we know that the holy grail of Lagos expensive urban real estate is out there, But in Ibadan, there are thousands of very affordable apartments even in urban real estates in the city. The rent in Ibadan is not always as expensive as what Lagos would offer you. In an estate in Ibadan, with 200k, you will get a conducive 3 bedroom apartment with tiles, water and other facilities but in Lagos, a room and parlour self contain cost more than even 200k.
4. CONTAGIOUS LIFESTYLE
If you’ve ever lived in Lagos and Ibadan, you would be quick to point out the boring social life that hovers around Lagos, almost 50% of people in Lagos live fake lives, but the social life setting that you embrace in Ibadan may never leave you. There are lots of necessary social behaviours in Ibadan, like the small talks, fashion, communication and socialization that run deep in every fibre of Ibadan. Ibadan is where life begins socially and spread to other parts of Nigeria even to Lagos.
5. TOURISM MERGES WITH ADVENTURE IN IBADAN
Ibadan is always bursting with activities with its posh hotels, restaurants, malls, nightclubs and places to explore. This city has become the face of tourism compared to Lagos.what does Lagos have other than beaches, the National Theatre, and so on. You can immerse yourself in deep cultures, surroundings and histories- from spiritual shrines, zoo, malls, gardens, museums, buildings, tower, roundabouts, schools, parks and many more. The tourism journey in Ibadan always gives a worthy run for your money because the fun never ends. Little wonder, thousands of tourists visit Ibadan to have a lifetime experience.
6. CHEAP TRANSPORTATION
The transportation system in Ibadan is far lower than that of Lagos. The high cost of ‘special drops’ can be discouraging and to compound your challenge in Lagos, trekking may be a Hercules task but in Ibadan, 50 naira can take you to a lot of plans, If in Ibadan, a cab man or bike man charges you 100, just know you are going on a very long journey…A very Long one!
7. HOME OF ENTERTAINMENT
It is only in Ibadan that you see the highest number of celebrities and entertainers living in Nigeria. The city is vibrant with lots of social functions happening almost every day. Indeed, there is no dull moment in Ibadan because it is a city where talents are born and grown. Lagos might has earned its name not only as the music and movies birthplace, but where entertainment is done better than anywhere in Nigeria is in Ibadan. 60% of our big names today in Nigeria started from Ibadan, like Olu Maintain, Dr Sid, Sean Tizzle, 90% of our Nollywood celebrities too..even those that didn’t start in Ibadan runs to Ibadan. For example, list to a typical Olamide Album, he can’t do without screaming Ibadan.
8. AGRICULTURE AND INDUSTRIAL POTENTIAL
Have you ever spent some good time in Ibadan before ? You will agree with me, that Agriculture blossoms in Ibadan much more than Lagos, Lagos is currently been occupation with residential and industrial infrastructures so much that, there is almost no land to cultivate again. Most new companies emerging in Lagos right now are even building their offices on Water, due to the fact that, there is almost no vacant land to occupy. But that is not the case in Ibadan, Ibadan has a lot of available land both for Agriculture, Farming, Business establishment and the likes, which is a major advantage over Lagos, with the growth of Agriculture in Ibadan, Lagosians will have to wait and be dependent on Ibadan for their food supply.
9. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
It is easier to get a job in Ibadan unlike Lagos, where it is nearly impossible for one to get a job. With many international companies, small businesses and local investments in Lagos, there is always an employment opportunity. The metropolis has become a land of opportunity for thousands of Nigerians who come with nothing and end up very comfortable later.
10. IBADAN HAS A SENSE OF SOLIDARITY AND LOVE
Love is always in the air in Ibadan unlike Lagos where everyone is like an island. Talk about solidarity and support for a clause, it all begins in Ibadan. Sympathy is quickly shared and support is gotten fast because everyone minds everyone’s business.
A visit to Lagos would convince you that you are definitely on your own with its peculiar way of life even among neighbours.
Nigerians living in Lagos live the fake lifestyle due to the high standard of living.
Ibadan appreciates Talent, do you know it’s only in Ibadan, we have our own Artists, record labels, comedians… it’s because Ibadan people show Love and Solidarity..