Ilorin: A traveler’s guide

Ilorin: A traveler’s guide

Satisfy both your historian and the nature loving part of yourself at the emirate capital of of Kwara. Home to University of Ilorin, Al-Hikmah University, Kwara state University/Polytechnic and other tertiary institutions.


Catch a view of Alfa Alimi’s mosque, a beautiful significance of religion in the city. You can also kill two birds with a stone as the Emir’s palace is just right beside the mosque. A time-out to owu falls (the highest natural waterfall in Nigeria) in Ifelodun LGA of the city wouldn’t’t be a waste of time…


Where to Buy?


The post office/challenge area is an arena where you can get some of your needs. Well, if you are not satisfied enough, the bigger market is beside the Emir’s palace…After buying your own needs, remember to buy my own too (hides face) Foodstuffs? Yeah Clothes? Yeah. Everything you need is there (market wise though).


And if you need pots of different sizes and functions (you may need a flower pit actually) go to Dada, Okelele area of Ilorin.


There’s no shopping mall?? Oh no!! Head to Fate road where you can find Shoprite…If you still have time, take a rest and thrill yourself with blockbuster movies at the Cinema (viva entertainment) right beside Shoprite…


I want food?


Enjoy the delight of bread that comes in varieties from the stable of Ostrich Bakery located along Taiwo road (opposite Oja iya junction) or along Tanke road… (If you can’t go to the first, visit the second)…Iya yusuf and T n K restaurant are at Tanke too, if you want the delight of African delicacy (buy according to your purse). You can also


Enjoy a light meal at Royals restaurant along Ahmadu Bello road (close to challenge).


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To chill/Bedtime


Business travelers will find comfort at the Kwara hotel (Ahmadu Bello way). Princess Luxury (along pipeline road) with its splash of comfort and grand style structure is there for the comfort of travelers and people living in here. Enjoy the good taste of suya, shawama and the likes(with your favorite drink) at FishnNet. Meanwhile, close to this same relaxation arena is the Kingstone grand suites (Pategi Road) to go rest your adventurous body.


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The Thrills/side attractions




This is a stone for sharpening metals and it is believed to have been associated with how “Ilorin” derived her name. It is the stone with which one of the founders of Ilorin known as Ojo Isekuse used to sharpen his metal tools. You can find the stone at Idi ape part of Ilorin


Awon Festival


This is held annually at Shao, in remembrance of Awon goddess. During the festival all marriageable girls are given out in marriage in one day.


Esie Museum


Being the first Museum in Nigeria established in 1945. It houses historical mateiaks and massive stone images which were believed to be human beings in the past


This building is located at Esie in the Irepodun LGA.


Imoleboja Rockshelter


Located at Odo owa. It is a massive rock formation with natural architectural design, capable of accommodating about 100 people at a time. It is a good site for picnic and monumental experience.


Ningurume fish pond


This is a house for mysterious kind of fishes, but it is not every time that one could see them, except on special occasions. The villagers offer sacrifices and worship the fishes on “sacred” days with prepared pap and ram. Only calabash is used to fetch water from the pond and any fish that is mistakenly picked must be dropped back with immediate effect.


Let’s go to Ilorin…


Writer credits- Ayomide Adams


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