Ìbàdàn or fully (Ìlú) Ẹ̀bá-Ọ̀dàn, (the city at) the edge of the savannah) is the capital city of Oyo State. Ibadan is reputed to be the largest indigenous city in Africa, south of the Sahara. It had been the centre of administration of the old Western Region, Nigeria since the days of the British colonial rule. It is situated 78 miles inland from Lagos, and is a prominent transit point between the coastal region and the areas to the north. Parts of the city’s ancient protective walls still stand till today, and its population is estimated to be about 3,800,000 according to 2006 estimates. The principal inhabitants of the city are the Yoruba. At Nigerian independence, Ibadan was the largest and most populous city in the country and the third in Africa after Cairo and Johannesburg. IBADAN has eleven (11) Local Governments out of the present thirty three (33) Local Governments in Oyo State.
Ibadan, surrounded by seven hills, is the second largest city in Nigeria. It came into existence when bands of Yoruba renegades following the collapse of the Yoruba Oyo Empire, began settling in the area towards the end of the 18th century; attracted by its strategic location between the forests and the plains.
The first university to be set up in Nigeria was the University of Ibadan (established as a college of the University of London when it was founded in 1948, and later converted into an autonomous university in 1962). It has the distinction of being one of the premier educational institutions in West Africa, and there is a museum in the building of its Institute of African Studies, which exhibits several remarkable pre-historic bronze carvings and statues. Other noteworthy institutions in the city include the University College Hospital, the first teaching hospital in Nigeria and the internationally acclaimed International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (lTTA).
The city has several well stocked libraries, a zoological garden and several botanical gardens. The most probable date of the founding of Ibadan is 1829, when the abandoned settlement of Ibadan was reoccupied by the allied forces of Ijebu, Ife and Oyo; hence, it came to be regarded as ‘a war encampment’ of the town of warriors.
The Political status of the city has influenced other aspect of its development. One of which is the reminiscence of colonial administration. The Government Secretariat at Agodi and the Government Reservation Areas (GRAs)A at Agodi, Jericho and Onikere are relice of that era. The grid pattern of the residential layout of Oke – Bola and Oke – Ado is also associated with its activities.
A major attribute of Ibadan that is rarely talked about is fashion style and fashion business in Ibadan. Fashion is vast and dynamic which makes it quite challenging to keep up with trends of it. Nevertheless, Ibadan is never left behind in the struggle to stay in vogue in every aspect of fashion especially the use of African prints.
Once upon a time,. Ibadan women who are generally known for their massive turn up for owanbe used to stay cold with their iro and buba styles but now, the turn around in the fashion sense of Ibadan inhabitants is too evident to be skipped
Owanbe in Ibadan these days isnt just about the food, the funeral, celebrant or couple, its also more about the clash of styles, colours, accessories, makeups infact owanbe in Ibadan can be said to be a fashion show. Ibadan people slay effortlessly in creative trending fashion styles, latest bags, shoes and every fashion item you can think of and that is bring us to the fashion business in IBADAN.
Starting from the standard of Fashion schools in Ibadan who have upgraded from the ancient free hand cutting to pattern drafting,
to the rate at which fashion blogs and media collaborate to make deals work,
models and modeling agencies are another branch of fashion business,
fashion consultants, make- up artists can not be left out,
fabrics merchants, made in Ibadan fashion accessories, fashion designers themselves,
fashion stylists and lots more. Fashion business in Ibadan has gone beyond the status quo with because there are full time fashionprenuers that are not only making money for themselves but are also traveling around the world to inspire others.
Fashion show in Ibadan has upgraded and it is still upgrading. Standards are set, resources are put together and professionals are put in charge of what they specialize in. The standard of fashion show in other part of the world is undeniably top notch but from the look of things, Ibadan fashion shows will finally be on the same table with these highly rated shows.
IBADAN and Fashion in this century is an inseparable duo, lets hear from people what they have to say about fashion in Ibadan.
This content was put together for the forthcoming Ibadan Urban Fashion Show.