@Regrann from @boldmoni:@Regrann from @femibranch: And still talking names, several names in Ibadan have their origin in the inability of the residents to pronounce the original names correctly.
For example, the place popularly called Oke-Sapati was originally called Shepherd's Hill but the illiterate residents couldn't pronounce 'Shepherd's Hill' and it was corrupted to Sapati. That was how it sounded to the ears of the residents at that time. The story behind Kudeti is quite interesting. A river runs around that area and the British District Officer during the colonial era was quite shocked at how dirty the river was. The river served the residents as they washed, had their bath, defecated and drank the water. The DO therefore exclaimed, "This water is TOO DIRTY". The illiterate residents now corrupted the words 'too dirty' to Kudeti.
Ibadan is still steep in its traditional beliefs though modernity is fast catching on. One of such is the still very popular egungun masquerade festival which usually takes place around June and July. When I was younger, this period was a period fear mixed with excitement. Everyone wants to catch a glimpse of the Oloolu masquerade, except women who are forbidden to see it. Oloolu is the most popular and the most feared. I've seen it once before carrying what looked like a flat tray with several items on it. Several years ago, there was a clash between a very popular Muslim cleric now late called Ajagbemokeferi and Oloolu. It was rumoured then that Ajagbemokeferi derobed and unveiled Oloolu.
Then, there is Alapansapa. Alapansapa is the second most feared masquerade after Oloolu. Alapansapa dresses very smartly in bright colours. Even though most masquerades are associated with canes and whips, it is more so with Alapansapa. There is also Atipako and Abidielege.
In spite of the traditional background of the city and the practices/ beliefs of its residents, Ibadan has been rightly acknowledged as the INTELLECTUAL capital of the YORUBAS and this is not just because the first University in Nigeria is located in the City. - via #Regrann#repost
@Regrann from @boldmoni:@Regrann from @femibranch: I really don't know how many cities in Nigeria have as many research institutes as Ibadan. Ibadan has the first University in Nigeria, UI (University of Ibadan), the teaching hospital, UCH (University College Hospital), IITA (International Institute of Tropical Agriculture), IAR&T (Institute of Agricultural Research and Training), FRIN (Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria), CRIN (Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria), NIHORT (National Horticultural Research Institute) and NISER (Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research). There are also edifices that were built from proceeds of viable agro-economy...the Liberty Stadium and Cocoa House, a 25-storey skyscraper.
All in one single city! I don't know which other town or city can boast of these. Ibadan is truly a mix of the ancient and the modern...just like Rome!
IBADAN IBI OLA GBETI WÀA;
IJA IGBOROO LOROO 'BADAN, IBADAN MA JA, MA JA, O FI OWO GUN GBOGBO ARA ILE NIMU; 'OMO 'AJOROSUN, IBADAN 'OMO' AJEGBIN YO, OMO A FI IKARAWUN F'ORI MU;
IBADAN NIBITI OLE GBE J'ARE OLOHUN...!!! Grate ibadan - via #Regrann#repost