I’ve been living a lie

Twenty one years in Lagos and I grew up believing that there was no life beyond Lagos until I decided to take the bold step and move beyond Lagos.

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I overlooked my travel phobia and motion sickness and embarked on a two-hour evening trip to Ibadan, six days here and I have realized that Lagos is designed to shorten our lifespan. I searched for at least thirty minutes traffic in Ibadan so I’ll be assured that Lagos wasn’t totally running me mad but alas!!! No traffic.

Even the rain wasn’t half as aggressive here as it has been in Lagos.

I’m now in the very best position to tell my dear readers, most of who reside in Lagos to travel out of that city once in a while just to wind off and experience the peace that comes with not being stuck in traffic and eating amala undilutedly made with peace and love.

The kind of amala you’d enjoy without getting angry if you try to drag shaki with your teeth and it splashes soup into your eyes. That’s the kind of amala I’m talking about.

WEDNESDAY

Don’t ask where Monday and Tuesday went because I slept all day on Tuesday.

If you feel the need to also be adventurous, please visit Bowers tower if you’re claustrophobic and experience what it’s like to be in a horror movie.

You can tell from the pain in my eyes that the journey that led to taking this picture was not funny. After eating that beautiful amala from Amala skye, my host decided that he was going to take me to bowers tower because he wanted me to be in touch with history. I honestly would have opted for sleep but I couldn’t resist not spending my host’s money so I agreed and so began the journey that took four of us to that tower. After climbing the hill and walking the long road that led to the tower, we finally made it into the compound where the tower stands only to find out that the stairs are really tiny and the flight up was quite long and slow. For every step I took, I said prayers that went like “God abeg, don’t let these walls close in on me, don’t let that door lock and don’t let these stairs give way under me. God, please I’m begging you, you know I don’t watch horror movies, don’t let me star in one.” I was the most scared than I had ever been in my life because the stairs were never ending.

We eventually made it up but my paranoid state refused to let my body calm down. The view was great, it was a 360 view of the whole city and I could have sworn I saw Unilag but I couldn’t afford to let my guard down because I didn’t trust the tower to not collapse.

The rest of the guys were making the most out of it and creating memories but not me because I just wanted to get to the ground again and when we did, I walked as fast as my legs could take me. I was laughed at but I preferred that, really.

I’m pretty sure that if my host says it from his point of view, you’d think we went to heaven because perspectives play very important roles in storytelling. It was that same day that WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook were down so I visited the coldstone at bodija and compensated myself for the horror I had experienced earlier.

THURSDAY

Thursday evening had me at the the arcade at Ventura mall.

We tried something that we ordinarily wouldn’t try in Lagos. We said “let’s go to the mall” ordered Taxify and got to the mall in less than ten minutes. I kept on saying “wow” because as a sane person in Lagos, even if you lived behind the mall, you had to make proper plans and leave your house hours before the stipulated time because traffic could build up unexpectedly in front of your gate.

Safe to say that I had fun without being worried that I was going to have to face traffic on my way back home. Life is good when you don’t end up spending half of your day in traffic and all your money on transport.

FRIDAY

If you ever want to eat breakfast and get full, be sure to visit Oliver’s cafe. I was so sure before I saw the pancakes that I was going to ask for another round but halfway through the pancakes, my stomach was already acting full but I loosened my shorts and lived up to my nickname – baby elephant.

This breakfast knocked me out till 3pm.

SATURDAY

I visited Agodi gardens. I’m never going there again.

My blogger friend – Onyinye picked me up later that afternoon and took me to ParisBakery and I kid you not, they had amala alongside their icecream and cake. If you looked closely, you’d also see rice and stew.

If you love pure sugar, please order anything from this bakery. I had never had problems finishing icecream until I tasted this one. Never again dear God.

If you ever need an affordable restaurant where you can go on dates, please start with cafe Chrystalis.

SUNDAY

I’m in Lagos and I’m in tears because I entered Lagos and became unfresh. The best you people can do for me now is answer the following questions in the comment section.

DON’T I DESERVE TO LEAVE THIS LAGOS?

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO IBADAN?

HAVE YOU TASTED AMALA IN IBADAN? YOU NEED TO TASTE IT TO KNOW THAT I’M NOT BEING OVERLY DRAMATIC.

WHAT ARE THE BEST OUT OF LAGOS CITIES TO VISIT?

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73 Comments

  1. Funke July 7, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Osas now I want to go to Ibadan, eat amala and visit all of the good places you mentioned

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    1. Seun July 7, 2019 at 8:36 pm

      Let’s link up. I stay in Ibadan

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    2. Osas - Site Author July 8, 2019 at 4:24 pm

      Funke, please go with money so you’ll eat as you like

      Reply
  2. The Jhaynie Ikhiede July 7, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    This is very nice. Simple and precise. I came here by accident and I’m glad I mistakenly clicked that part of my phone screen that led me here. Good job tbh. You’re really pretty btw.

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    1. Florence July 7, 2019 at 6:59 pm

      Yesss oo we’ll be stuck in this Lagos together and nope I’ve never been out of Lagos. Heard so much about Ibadan and their amala and would love to try it but can’t get over my fear of traveling

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      1. Osas - Site Author July 8, 2019 at 9:14 am

        You’ll have to get over it one way or the other

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      2. Peace July 9, 2019 at 3:51 pm

        I have actually been to Ibadan and I liked Agodi, why didn’t you?
        Plus i’m planning a girls trip for my birthday and this post has certainly helped me figure out what to do if I end up in Ibadan. Thanks

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    2. Osas - Site Author July 8, 2019 at 4:28 pm

      I’m glad you got here. Thank you Queen

      Reply
  3. Wicked ‍♂️ July 7, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Okay, so this simply means I travelled to two different cities this weekend cos you just made me feel like I’m a part of your whole journey…‍♂️

    You deserve to leave Lagos, infact anyone who lives here does doesn’t mean you shiuld leave Lagos

    Yes, I have been to Ibadan, I have eaten Amala in Ibadan too

    And lastly, try visiting Abeokuta anytime soon, you’d love it. ‍♂️

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    1. Osas - Site Author July 8, 2019 at 4:28 pm

      Abeokuta is literally in my plans. I’ll most definitely come

      Reply
  4. Omowonuola July 7, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    Osas just took me to Ibadan

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    1. Osas - Site Author July 8, 2019 at 4:32 pm

      I,m glad

      Reply
  5. Lope July 7, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    Thank you for navigating our city, i am happy you liked the atmosphere, i have never regretted leaving lagos mehn, do come back again but before then, enjoy your traffic ✌✌

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    1. Osas - Site Author July 8, 2019 at 4:32 pm

      sheybe you’ll come and enjoy this traffic too

      Reply
  6. Gbemisolarh July 7, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Oliver’s cafe I love their Singapore spaghetti not a fan of pepper soup but damn their chicken pepper soup looks like heaven….

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    1. Osas - Site Author July 8, 2019 at 4:32 pm

      I only took pancakes and now you want to make me go back

      Reply
  7. Gbemssss July 7, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    You’re such a beautiful writer❤❤❤❤
    Why don’t you want to visit Agodi Gardens again though

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    1. Osas - Site Author July 8, 2019 at 4:33 pm

      thank you jare. It looked irritating when i went there

      Reply
  8. Otunba Birch July 7, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    This has been the best weekend in forever

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    1. Osas - Site Author July 8, 2019 at 4:33 pm

      na because say you get money

      Reply
  9. Edwin Udofia July 7, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Truly Ibadan is fun, even though I haven’t had this much experience with the city. Anywhere that’s free of Lagos traffic is fun.
    And yeah, you deserved the break

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    1. Osas - Site Author July 8, 2019 at 4:33 pm

      Thank you dear

      Reply
  10. DapoKING July 7, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    OSAS! ❤️

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    1. Osas - Site Author July 8, 2019 at 4:34 pm

      DapoKing!!!

      Reply
  11. Olatunde kolawole July 7, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    First time coming to your blog… But never gonna be my last.

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    1. Osas - Site Author July 8, 2019 at 4:34 pm

      ope o. Be sure to subscribe o

      Reply
  12. Kintan July 7, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    I’ve been in Ibadan only 6 months. I visited most of these places except Bower Towers. I wish you ate Oliver’s Cafe Spaghetti Bolognese, I had to take the rest home the day I got there. I’m leaving here in three months back to Lagos, and I don’t know if I’m ready for traffic.

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    1. Osas - Site Author July 8, 2019 at 4:35 pm

      I’ll just advice you stay there

      Reply
  13. Hafeezah Salau July 7, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    Leave Lagos and give us space, dearie. I have been to Ibadan, but only for brief periods. I’ve never tasted their amala. I don’t know any cities to visit, because all my life, I don dey this Lagos.

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    1. Lami July 7, 2019 at 11:35 pm

      I school in Ibadan and I’m gonna explore.. Amala here is soooo good

      Reply
      1. Osas - Site Author July 8, 2019 at 9:07 am

        Honestly, you’re enjoying

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    2. Osas - Site Author July 8, 2019 at 9:14 am

      shotop

      Reply
  14. Maryjane July 7, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    First Time Here And I’m Here To Stay Forever.

    I serve in Ibadan too, so I can relate to everything you wrote. You write so beautifully well too.

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    1. Osas - Site Author July 8, 2019 at 9:14 am

      I’m really glad. I want to serve in Ibadan too

      Reply
  15. Zabinah July 7, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    You didn’t put the location of this places for us, I’ve been staying in Ibadan and I don’t know this places am I that introverted.

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    1. Osas - Site Author July 8, 2019 at 9:13 am

      Honestly, I don’t know how to locate those places. All i know is that i got there

      Reply
  16. Kohh July 7, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    People are always downgrading us . Atleast now you’ve opened their eyes

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    1. Osas - Site Author July 8, 2019 at 9:13 am

      I wpon’t even lie, i downgraded too

      Reply
  17. Courage July 7, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Grew up in Ibadan so I definitely can relate to everything except the bower towers….still haven’t gotten used to this Lagos life and I plan on moving out asap lol

    Paris bakery ehn

    If I’d go on any vacation it’d be to maybe calabar or so
    Welcome back to where you belong sha

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    1. Osas - Site Author July 8, 2019 at 9:12 am

      I don’t belong here in Jesus name

      Reply
  18. Becky Joe July 7, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    I’ve been to Ibadan and you didn’t overate amala skye. I plan on going next week and sure visit all these places you listed

    Reply
    1. Osas - Site Author July 8, 2019 at 9:12 am

      Let me be your handbag now

      Reply
  19. Seun July 7, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    A wonderful place to live in. You’ll get richer and chubbier in no time.

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    1. Osas - Site Author July 8, 2019 at 9:11 am

      But the work opportunities are limited. Lagos provides you with varieties

      Reply
  20. Marshmallow July 7, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Osas I think I need a week break from Lagos

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    1. Osas - Site Author July 8, 2019 at 9:11 am

      my guy, take it

      Reply
  21. Anjorin Molayo July 7, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    I’ve been to Ibadan just once, we got there in about 2 hours. I was shocked and i was also surprised to see so many beautiful buildings. I actually thought it would be a dead place.

    Osas I think you need to leave Lagos Ibeg. Lagos is too stressful, coupled with this traffic again. I can’t deal!

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    1. Osas - Site Author July 8, 2019 at 9:11 am

      Honestly, I was surprised the place was modern. Anyway, I’m considering serving there

      Reply
  22. Seuncaleb July 7, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    I’ve not left Lagos except to Ogun state, which was for school ‍♂️

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    1. Osas - Site Author July 8, 2019 at 9:09 am

      I think I’m coming to ogun next

      Reply
  23. Nuellalove July 7, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    I’d lived in Ibadan all my life and that’s a place I will always call my home. Lagos is an out of it option for me because I knew what I went through when I lived in Iyana-dopemu. So sad that I relocated to the UK but I really miss the cheap cost of living and My Amala❤

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    1. Osas - Site Author July 8, 2019 at 9:09 am

      should we send elubo to the UK for you?

      Reply
  24. Sweetafrogirl July 7, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Ibadan kini so!

    Reply
  25. Moji Delano July 7, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    My last Ibadan was really nice to I understand well what you’ve described in this diary.
    Nice recap.

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    1. Osas - Site Author July 8, 2019 at 9:08 am

      Thank you mami

      Reply
  26. Bami July 7, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    Osas has been to more places in IB than me that has never left Ibadan since I dropped from the womb… Eh God

    But Agodi garden, why never again?

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    1. Osas - Site Author July 8, 2019 at 9:08 am

      lmao. Agodi gardens looked really irritating

      Reply
  27. Olaoyenikan Xeus July 7, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    Okay i really love this. Ibadan is a lovely place but in my head there are just two states in Nigeria. Lagos And Others. Yes i said what i said.

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    1. Osas - Site Author July 8, 2019 at 9:08 am

      Lagos for suffering

      Reply
  28. Slim July 8, 2019 at 4:37 am

    I love reading your posts you deserve to leave Lagos . I’ve been to Ibadan but not to have fun like you did

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    1. Osas - Site Author July 8, 2019 at 9:06 am

      Next time, have as much fun as your body can take

      Reply
  29. Harriet Chacha July 8, 2019 at 5:51 am

    Osas ma I’ll not stop telling you to come to Nairobi but now I definitely want to eat that amala delicacy
    I’m hoping my hosts sees what other hosts are doing though

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    1. Osas - Site Author July 8, 2019 at 9:06 am

      I’ll come soon my dear

      Reply
  30. Omataonye July 8, 2019 at 7:21 am

    I think I’m going to Ibadan now
    Everyone deserves to leave this Lagos my darling
    Las las I go taste that Amala

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    1. Osas - Site Author July 8, 2019 at 9:05 am

      please go o. Go and enjoy life

      Reply
  31. Ola July 8, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    I can testify to the amala part, anytime i visit home mehn…i do tell mumsy to make it down so i can devour it to cool off the long journey

    And as for paris bakery, mehn you’re damn right I can’t wait to go home again

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  32. Nifemi July 8, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    My dear, ibadan is the best place to unwind and relax from all the hustle and bustle of this lagos. It’s my safe haven. Every time I eat amala in ibadan, it’s like I’ve never tasted amala before. It always tastes sooooooo good. Make sure you return soon

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  33. Trenzz July 15, 2019 at 1:23 am

    Great post.
    And yes, you do deserve to leave Lagos. There’s so much more to experience in Nigeria.

    Reply
  34. Manuella July 16, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    You’re so funny. I wonder what kind of thoughts are in that mind or yours.
    Factually, the air outside Lagos is just kinda different. You deserve, everyone deserves to take a breather outside Lagos.

    I haven’t been to Ibadan but I hear the Amala is legendary, I think the meat with the amala is the whole point of eating amala anyways.

    You are adored

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  35. Chidra July 17, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    And I have never been to Lagos don’t spoil it for me
    P.s come to Ilorin. My sister, you’ll be looking for good food. Good pizza just entered this year and if you want amala or any solid with a soup that’ll make you lick your plate, come to my house when you visit

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  36. MJ Junior July 21, 2019 at 2:28 am

    i LIVED IN IBADAN FOR A YEAR! WAS A ROLLERCOASTER!

    I DECIDED I CAN ONLY STAY THERE IN BITTS, CANNOT TOTALLY LIVE THERE, I WILL RUN MAD!

    http://www.tlmurban.com

    Reply
  37. Precious Okengwu July 27, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    I have never gone to Ibadan. I would love to. I stay in Port Harcourt in Rivers State. I would like to go there and visit all these wonderful places…

    Reply
  38. Oghenetega August 8, 2019 at 2:29 am

    Been saying I was gon visit your blog

    Had it on pin in my to-do
    After my submitting a clients work with no sleep insight.Here I am reading every story I can

    You put content in writing.

    New subscriber alert.

    Reply

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