Sometimes words and pictures are not enough, and only videos can cure the craving for sights and sounds of  familiar places and faces. Battabox is great for videos from the Yoruba homeland ,for the homesick Yoruba and also for intending visitors to have an idea of what SW Nigeria is like , specifically North of Lagos, Ibadan.

 

 

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 A bit of Ibadan history- 

  • The name  Ìbàdàn  is a short form of Ìlú Ẹ̀bá-Ọ̀dàn,  which means the city at the edge of the savannah.
  • Ibadan was originally an abandoned Egba village – “after most of the commanders of the allied Ife, Ijebu and Oyo troops that had destroyed the Owu and Egba towns and villages had returned home, a large group of the troops camped at a deserted Egba village named Ibada, which quickly developed into a regular town” – A History of the Yoruba people, Stephen Adebanji Akintoye

 

Wiki on Ibadan

(Yoruba: Ìbàdàn) is the state capital of Oyo State. With a population of over 3 million, it is the most populous city in the state, and the third most populous city in Nigeria, after Lagos and Kano; it is the country’s largest city by geographical area. At Nigerian independence, Ibadan was the largest and most populous city in the country, and the third in Africa after Cairo and Johannesburg.

Ibadan is located in south-western Nigeria, 128 km inland northeast of Lagos and 530 km southwest of Abuja, the federal capital, and is a prominent transit point between the coastal region and the areas in the hinterland of the country. Ibadan had been the centre of administration of the old Western Region since the days of the British colonial rule, and parts of the city’s ancient protective walls still stand to this day. The principal inhabitants of the city are the Yorubas, as well as various communities from other parts of the country. – 

 

 

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