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City Profile: Ibadan, Nigeria

September 3, 2010  »  City Profiles2 Comments

This is the fourth post in a series that intends to examine the ICT environment in large metropolitan areas of Africa that receive relatively little publicity and lack ICT framework. These cities are often overshadowed by Cape Town, Johannesburg, Cairo, Nairobi, Accra, and Lagos but still have a bright future – albeit with a few additional hurdles to clear. Consider Ibadan, Nigeria:

Designed by IITA scientists during SP3 2007 at IITA Conference Center in Ibadan. {IITA Image Library}

When a Nigerian city comes to mind it is most often Lagos.  And Kano, the second-largest city in the nation, is known in the tech world for its long-planned ICT Park. Still, these cities’ successes need not overshadow those of smaller areas. Take, for example, Ibadan – once the largest city in Nigeria.

The most recent population figures for Ibadan confirm that this city still houses a sizable number of people:

  • 2.84 million (UN World Urbanization Prospects, 2010), other sources say 3.3+ million
  • 14th largest metropolitan area in Africa (one-third the population of Lagos)

An in-depth search of the Internet turns up a very limited number of ICT endeavors and reports from the past few years. Here are some important points of information to know about Ibadan”s ICT progress based on the limited public information available. Most are related to learning institutions:


Ibadan is still in the nascent stages of ICT evolution. Hopefully, activity surrounding ICT at the university level will serve as a foundation for offshoot endeavors and initiatives in the coming years. Nigeria’s Vision 2020 plan, for example, could provide needed excitement and focus. However, this activity must somehow penetrate local businesses, the community, and importantly, the government. Fortunately, Lagos is only a short distance away, and can perhaps serve as a guide.

  • Deborah Wilder

    Are roads and bridges being built in ibadan/oyo

  • Yes, bridges are under construction in Ibadan, but the statuses of the works vary. Many were damaged in floods last year and still need repairs. This article from Dec. 1 addresses the subject:

    Still, more funding and better project management are needed in this area.