AMIDST THE BROWN ROOFS- IITA, IBADAN

January 25, 2017

couples adventure

Hey Nomads,

Happy hump day!

Remember our nomad trips for the year start with a couples adventure to IITA in Ibadan. That gorgeous 1,000 hectare of green land, located in the ancient city, with a lake, pool, gym. tennis court, bird watching club e.t.c. The one you definitely want to visit :). Well we found the perfect story on IITA by Tife Adunade and we hope this convinces you to come with us. Tife is a lifestyle blogger who blogs here.

IITA: EXPLORING A LITTLE

One thing I love about where I interned is the fact I got to explore, go places and learn a lot. One of the places I visited was IITA. IITA (The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture) is located in Ibadan. It is known for its research on agricultural products such as cassava, yam,soybean and cowpea. Its aim is to reduce poverty and make farming easier and better for farmers.

Women making garri.

When I got to IITA one thing I noticed for sure was how beautiful the grass looked. It was cut to perfection and smelt and looked absolutely fresh.

We had a lot of research talk and all…but that is not what I was really interested in. The hospitality part of IITA which the public is not really aware of is one of the best in Ibadan.

Being a research institute, you are sure to know  the food is of absolute quality. IITA has hotels, a gym, bird watching club, a lake, a pool, a lawn tennis court, beautiful restaurant, pleasant environment and so much more. It is far more than “plants and food”

Beautiful tent in the garden. This is where the bird watchers meet.

The outer extension of the restaurant

At the tennis court

I had the opportunity to eat some of the meals served there and I totally loved it. I also found out the prices are very affordable (and I’m not just saying this to sweet talk you). You actually get top-notch food at very affordable prices. I was very surprised… And impressed too.

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The chefs special

Most amazing chicken and chips

This an Indian sauce and rice with spiced bread

One thing I noticed about IITA is their love for art. African art and craft. Every office, shop and even the restaurant is decorated with lovely art works which speaks volume of what they do and what they are all about. I noticed the tablecloths in the restaurants had prints of women carrying yam and cassava. It was so beautiful.

It is very obvious that IITA was diligently planed for. Everything screams perfection. From the arrangements of the cutlery to the colors of table clothes to departments in the organization.

This bread and every thing made from flour is made from cassava flour in iita.

I had a swell time in IITA. I learnt a lot and I will surely visit them again if I get the chance to.

Some other pictures we took.

 

This is where all the cool stuffs are sold. Face caps, tote bags, throw pillows, water bottles… just name it

Photo credit: @aniekan.williams

Naija Nomads Note* Have you ever visited IITA before? Please share your experience with us. If you haven’t, you can join our wicked cool Couples Adventure scheduled to hold in February. If you have, I bet you’ve not had an picnic by the lake or gone bush riding so join us still! Details for the event are below.

couples adventure

By Nomad Supreme

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4 Comments

  1. Reply

    Tife

    Thank you so much for putting this up. I really appreciate it. I hope this inspires people to visit iita. It really is an amazing place.

    1. Reply

      Mofe

      So glad you were able to share your experience! Thank you once again.

  2. Reply

    Unravelling Nigeria

    LOVE the picture of the gold fish. Great shot.

    1. Reply

      Mofe

      IITA is just so pretty!

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