Ilorin – Home of Peace

Ilorin is the capital of Kwara State, North Central, Nigeria and the home to an estimated population of about 908,490 people. It consists of three local government areas, which include Ilorin East, Ilorin South and Ilorin West.

Ilorin central mosque
Ilorin Central Mosque

Ilorin is said to have been founded by the Yorubas’ which explains why it is mostly a yoruba speaking city. Ilorin became a Northern Protectorate through the Islamic preacher and teacher Shehu Alimi, which also explains why the people are predominantly Muslims, headed by the Ilorin Emirate.

As a corps member serving in this city, I can explicitly tell you that the weather conditions can be at the extremes, when the city is hot; it can be very hot, now in the Harmantan season, the cold is all day round; I wake up so cold and I sleep very cold, that’s Ilorin for you.. Transportation within the city metropolis is very cheap and affordable, especially if you are using the taxi, compared to other cities in the Country.

But if you want to try you ability to price you can try the commercial motorbike riders also known as “okada” menh this guys will charge you exorbitant amount, that are unreal, if you compare distance and money charged, well this is common to all Okada riders in the country not just Ilorin.

The city also has a range of tourists attractions, such as the Sobi Hills, I climbed to the top of the mountain and that was some sort of an achievement as someone who is afraid of heights (climbing to the top one the scariest things for me this year, my heart was pacing like it was about to leave my chest cavity) 

Hill top

I made it to the Hill top

Sobi hills

View of Sobi from the hill

Just like every growing city in Nigeria, Ilorin is a confluence of cultures, mostly populated by the Yorubas’, Hansa, Fulani, Nupe, Bariba, Kanuri, the city has a warm and friendly environment, so Ilorin is generally called “The Home of Peace”. I definitely concur with that, in my 7 months of stay so far, I have witness this peace.


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