Ile Ife is an ancient Yoruba city with a population of about 510,000 (2006) in Osun State in South West Nigeria. It's about 218 km northeast of Lagos.
Ife Ife is the cradle of the Yoruba civilisation, the ancestral home of the race and therefore called "Land of the Source". The progenitor of the Yoruba race is Oduduwa.
- 1 . Shared cars found in different terminals all over the country. From Lagos, a shared car costs ₦3,500-4,000 per person.
- 2 Mini-bus (Danfo). These are the main form of transportation around metropolis and cost fare depends on distance covered. Usually carry passengers numbering 10-15, depending on how big the bus is. ₦50-100.
- 3 Tricycle (Keke Napep, Marwa). This option not so rampant and exclusive to some areas. ₦50-100.
- 4 Motorcycle (Okada). This is one of the fastest and most common means of moving around Ile-Ife coverage in all areas. Motorcyclists usually very careful. ₦50-100.
Public vehicles usually found at motorparks are available at a slightly higher fare. This option lowers the wait time in waiting for vehicle to be full and also time of arrival as it is faster.
- 1 Moremi Statute (Moremi Ajasaro). Daily 8AM-6PM. The statute of Moremi also known as Moremi Ajasaro a courageous queen who delivered the Yorubas from oppression. She is seen as a symbol of liberty and freedom. The statute was unveiled in 2016 by the present Oonirisa of Ife Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi. The statute is the tallest in Nigeria and second tallest in Africa. Moremi also known as Äyaba Moremi Meaning Queen Moremi was married to Oranmiyan the heir apparent to the throne of Ife the Son of Oduduwa. He was said to be the first King of Ile Ife.
- 2 Ori Olokun, Ori Olokun Roundabout. The unveiling of the gigantic Ori-Olokun sculpture at the Ori-Olokun Roundabout, which was called Mayfair Roundabout in Ile-Ife till statute was erected. The historical Ori-Olokun was built into a huge statue and located at the central part of the city. It was commissioned by the Executive Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
- 3 Museum Ile Ife (National Museum Ile Ife), Beside the Oonis Palace, ☏ . Daily 9AM-5PM. A frequently visited tourist attraction. It is an archaeological museum which showcases some of the relics uncovered from Ile Ife. This museum contains relics, a place of ancient and modern. Its content includes but is not limited to archaeological excavations, regalia, ancient remains and pictures of some parts of Nigerian history. The National Museum Ife is a good place to visit to understand the people, the culture and the way of life of the city. ₦200.
- 4 Obafemi Awolowo University (QAU), Obafemi Awolowo University. 8AM-5PM. It was established in 1962 as the University of Ife. In 1987 it was renamed Obafemi Awolowo University in honour of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, one of the university's founding father. The campus is said to be the most beautiful in Nigeria and possibly Africa. The campus was designed by Bauhaus graduate Arieh Sharon together with a team of Nigerian architects including Lagos-based architect A.A. Egbor between the 1960s and 1980s.
- 5 Natural History Museum (A.G. Leventis Museum), Opposite Computer Building Obafemi Awolowo University, ☏ , , . Daily 8AM-4PM. In 1973, the university launched an endowment fund. This was as a result of four main objectives laid out by the university one of which was the establishment of a standard type repository for scientific material in the university. In January 1974, the thought of establishing a Natural History Museum and that which would be a leading natural history museum on the west coast of Africa was midwived, this was to be a stand alone project. The funds raised for the endowment fund did not quite work out as a result the university had to fund the project through another means, they reached out to AG. Leventis as a result, the project was supported by a large grant by AG. Leventis Foundation. The design of the museum was done by Jame Cubitt Adenuga Coy. ₦600.
- 6 Ooni Palace. Go sightseeing to Oonirisa palace, a picture of splendour and beauty in contrast in Ile Ife.
- 7 Opa Oromiyan (Orayan), Mopa Area, Arubidi. The staff of Oranmiyan Omoluabi Odede, Great Prince of Ife, King of the Yoruba, also known as Ọranyan, who was the youngest, he became the prime heir of Oduduwa upon his return to claim his grandfather's throne.
History recorded that the commemorative stele known as the Staff of Oranmiyan - Opa Oranmiyan in the Yoruba language - at the place where their grandfather died. This obelisk is 5.5 m tall and about 1.2 m in circumference at its base. During a storm in 1884 about 1.2 m was broken off from its top and it has fallen down twice and been re-erected on each occasion. It now stands in a grove in Mopa, Ile-Ife. Radiocarbon tests have shown that this royal marker was erected centuries before the start of the Oduduwa dynasty.
- 8 Agbonniregun Temple (Orunm Ila Barami Agbonniregun Place), Oke -Itase Street Ile-Ife. The grove of Ọrunmila an Orisha. He is the Orisha of wisdom, knowledge, and divination. This source of knowledge is believed to have a keen understanding of the human form and of purity, and is therefore praised as often being more effective than other remedies.
- 9 Oluorogbo Temple, Ilode Street, ☏ .
- Igbo Olokun Shrine (adjacent to the outermost, earthen city wall, approximately 2 km from central Ile-Ife). Igbo Olokun used to be a forested, sacred grove (igbo) that housed shrines at which the goddess Olokun was worshipped. Igbo Olokun in the city of Ile-Ife, in south-western Nigeria, said to have history of glass makers with unique manufacturing techniques in West Africa. The recovery of glass beads and associated production materials were found there during excavation. Analysis of the composition of the artefacts and preliminary dating of the site, which puts the main timing of glass-working between the 11th and 15th centuries AD. The results of these studies suggest that glass bead manufacture at this site was largely independent of glass-making traditions documented farther afield, and that Igbo Olokun may represent one of the earliest known glass-production workshops in West Africa. The location is not divulged except on request and permission of the keepers of the shrine because it is a sacred grove.
- 10 Oduduwa Shrine and Groove, Ido Area,Oduduwa Street, IleIfe. The shrine of the progenitor of the Yoruba race. Worshippers and initiates flood the place seeking blessings and pay obeisance to the originator of their civilization.
- 11 Igi Nla (Asorin the Mysterious Tree), Oke Oora Mokuro. The tree has medicinal healing powers and said to be esoteric. It is rare and nothing grows around when birds touch it they die. Legend has it that the Igi Nla tree grows so big that it spread its leaves very wide so that they cast big shadows around itself. Other trees around the mysterious tree do not expand or spread their leaves in the same way. The Igi Nla tree towers over and above other trees in the area. People often describe the Igi Nla tree as a mystical plant which refuses other plants to grow around it. It is claimed that nothing dares grow under or within the area the Igi Nla spread its leaves spread or cover. No grass can grow underneath the Igi Nla tree and any bird that perches or reptiles on any part of its branch dies immediately. The leaves of the powerful Igi Nla tree never touches the ground. Cobwebs are woven around the top of the tree where all its dead leaves drop.
- 12 Biological Garden Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife. 8AM-5PM. The garden was created by the department of botany of the university in 1962. In it are diverse species kept in places in their natural state and habitat.
- 1 Mayfair Market (Ori Olokun market). Central local market where you can get an array of shops from electronics, food and provisions.
- 2 Ace SuperMarket. Daily 8AM-10PM. A retail store for your everyday essentials.
- 3 Slot, Mayfair. Daily 8AM-6PM. You can get your phone, and phone accessory from Slot Main dealers Samsung, Huawei, Oppo, Nokia. Phone and laptop repairs.
- New Bukateria Restaurant, Ife. Daily 8AM-11PM. Dine-in, takeaway, delivery.
- Jopa Foodie (Mayfair ife), 13, Ede Rd, ☏ . Daily 9AM-10PM. Dine-in, takeaway, delivery.
- Caption cook, Captain Cook OAUTHC, North, ☏ . Dine-in, takeaway, delivery.
- A2 Restaurant, Obafemi Awolowo University. Daily 7AM-11PM. Takeaway.
- 1 Skoochies Bar and Drinks, Ibadan-Ife Rd, toll-free: . M-Sa 9PM-10:30PM, Su 2:30PM-10:30PM. Takeaway. Dine-in.
- 2 Ola Oluwa 1759 Bar, Opposite Phase 1 Off Oshogbo-Ilesha Rd, ☏ . Daily. Takeaway. Dine-in.
- 3 Ogbes Bar, Alwajud House, 58 Ajigbona St. Daily. Takeaway. Delivery.
- 4 One Love Beer Parlour, Arubidi, Ondo Rd. Daily. Takeaway. Delivery.
- Ife Choice Restaurant and bar, Ede Rd, ☏ . Daily. Takeaway. Dine-in.
- 1 Glory Suites, Aladanla Layout, ☏ . Pool, free parking, free breakfast and air conditioning. ₦6,750.
- 2 Mayfair Hotels, Hilton Rd, ☏ . Check-out: noon. Free parking, free breakfast, restaurant and room service. ₦4,600.
- 3 Xela Hotels & Resort, 2 Dr Rahman Adedoyin way, Aderibigbe, ☏ . Check-in: noon, check-out: 11AM. Pool, breakfast (extra charge), Wifi (extra charge) and free parking. ₦12,958.
- 4 Celebration Hotel, 7, Town Planning Rd, Eleyele, ☏ . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. Free parking, breakfast, restaurant and air conditioning. ₦8,000.
- 5 Cameron Hotel, Ibadan Rd, ☏ . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. Pool, free breakfast, restaurant and free breakfast. ₦13,000.
For most locations in Ile Ife, you would most likely find coverage of the 2G/3G/4G mobile networks. Signal strength might diminish further away from the city center, and you might occasionally experience network outage for all or some of the mobile phone service providers in the remote areas of the city. Different networks tend to be more stable and reliable in different locations of the city at different times.
MTN, 9Mobile, Airtel (Zain) and GLO are all available service providers. So if you are planning a visit to Ile Ife, like you would do for many other places in Nigeria, you should probably consider having multiple SIM cards, preferably for all the mobile service providers, since you can't tell which will be more stable and reliable at a time in your location during your visit. And if you will risk not having any of them, you might be better off not risking the MTN network, because, from indications, it seem to perform well than the others, though its rates may be high and its offers and services might be stringent, but you are less likely to be concerned of erratic voice and data connection compared to others.