Even though Ivory Towers are known for rigorous academic exercise and seclusion from the practicality of the world, it doesn’t mean that they don’t unwind and that there is no room for entertainment and relaxation. Lecturers and students do have time to recreate.
At the University of Ibadan, after hectic academic work, there are many spots where both students and staff can spend their leisure time and cool down. Those relaxation points provide glitz and glamour, fanfare, pomp and ceremony.
The Zoological Garden in the eighties and early nineties was a popular entertainment spot that pulled crowds from both within and outside the university community.
It serves as a source of income for the university. You pay a sum of money before you are allowed to relax or go on sightseeing.
It is an ambience of serenity and home to an array of both wild and domestic animals. Established in 1948, it became a full-fledged zoological garden in 1974.
Botanical Garden is another centre of relaxation where students hang out or go for a picnic. Botanical Garden was established to provide teaching and research, but, as well it serves as a recreation to cater for all users. It contains a wide range of plants from other countries and also consists of smaller gardens operating as sections like Ornamental Garden, Children’s Garden, Medicinal Garden, and Aquatics.
The Heritage Park situated opposite Queen Elizabeth Hall plays host to lots of events and activities. It is close to the Vice Chancellor’s Office. It is free, which is why students are encouraged to organize their events there.
Awba Dam is a tourist centre. It has an open space where you can sit to enjoy yourself even as you gist and eat your snacks.
This is a large place where you can make merriment, eat pepper soup, chicken and chips. It is a centre where you can enjoy yourself after severe intellectual activities.
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