Ibadan is a fun place. For a newcomer though, it might be a bit difficult to navigate, and you might be cheated too. Just as Lagos has its modus operandi, Ibadan too has a system that will make your stay or visit a fun experience. We hope our little guide helps you.
1. When dealing with traders, bus drivers or keke drivers, always speak Yoruba.
This might be hard for people who don’t speak Yoruba, but it’s the truth. Speaking Yoruba gives them a sign that you’re street, not butty. It makes it less easy to cheat you.
2. Never accept the first price as the last price.
Basically, price everything. EVERYTHING. Including bus fares. You never know .
3. If you’re going to take a bike, look for Hausa men.
The speed aside, these ones will not charge you so much. Even if they do, you can easily slash the price and go long distance. But you see those Yoruba and Igbo riders, avoid them. Their eye don tear.
4. Ibadan is not as local as people always try to paint it.
This is a picture of Challenge at night. See how beautiful it looks?
5. If you’re on a budget, pick street food over restaurant food.
Restaurant prices can be a little bit on the high side. And they might not taste as good. But you see street food? Chai. Great taste, great price. Surest bet anytime.
Here’s another Ibadan post we think you’ll love: 5 Kinds Of Food You Can Get For N100 Or Less In Ibadan