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Ibadan was created in 1829 as a war camp for warriors coming from Oyo, Ife and Ijebu.
A forest site and several ranges of hills, varying in elevation from 160 to 275 metres, offered strategic defence opportunities.
Ibadan is the largest indigenous city in West Africa and is located in the South Western part of Oyo State of Nigeria.
1. Ibadan is a city built on seven hills. Ibadan (Yoruba: Ìbàdàn or fully Ìlú Ẹ̀bá-Ọ̀dàn, the town at the junction of the savannah and the forest), the capital of Oyo State, is the second largest city in Nigeria by population after Lagos and the largest in geographical area. At independence, Ibadan was the largest and the most populous city in Nigeria and the third in Africa after Cairo and Johannesburg. Its central location and accessibility from the capital city of Lagos were major considerations in the choice of Ibadan as the headquarters of the Western Provinces (1939), which became the Western Region of Nigeria in 1952.
2. Ibadan is the largest city in Nigeria by geographical area. It is larger in size than Ekiti, Abia, Ebonyi, Imo, Anambra and Lagos States. It is more populous than Ondo, Osun, Kogi, Zamfara, Enugu, Kebbi, Edo, Plateau, Adamawa, Cross River, Abia, Ekiti, Kwara, Gombe, Yobe, Taraba, Ebonyi, Nasarawa, Bayelsa States and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. And it is more industrialized than Sokoto, Jigawa, Adamawa, Taraba, Plateau, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Osun, Bayelsa, Cross River, Kwara, Kogi, Kaduna, Kebbi, Gombe, Bauchi and Borno States.
3. Ibadan as a city, has 11 local government areas; three more than Bayelsa State and just two less than Ebonyi State.
4. The first skyscraper in Nigeria, Cocoa House, is in Ibadan.
5. Ibadan has the first standard Nigerian stadium; The Obafemi Awolowo Stadium formerly Liberty Stadium.
6. The first television station in Africa is in Ibadan.
7. Ibadan is the cheapest city to live, in South-West Nigeria.
8. Ibadan boasts of the oldest surviving private-owned Newspaper (The Nigerian Tribune).
9. The first school in Ibadan was founded by Rev. David Hinderer at Kudeti (too dirty) in 1853.
10. There are more federal tertiary institutions/institutes in Ibadan than any other city in Nigeria.
11. The busiest highway in Nigeria, Lagos-Ibadan expressway, terminates in Ibadan.