LIVING IN IBADAN

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Yesterday I was talking to my girlfriend about how my revenue has increased about 100 percent and how that scares me a little because I am not used to earning this much money. Yes, my life is a lot easier and I can save a lot more but it is taking some adjustment.

An increase in income usually increases expenditure, which is something I want to avoid. Although I am not big on acquiring more things, my responsibilities seem to increase with earnings.

Ironically I don't spend most of my earnings on myself. For instance, the last time I got a pair of shoes was about 8 months ago and that's because I had only one pair. Only recently did I try to purchase something for me.

Most of the money I earned this year went into my relocation budget. Moving from Lagos to Ibadan wasn't as easy and inexpensive as I thought. It was a fresh start and we had to purchase everything we currently own and that ran into thousands of dollars.

Nevertheless, I don't regret the move. Moving here has been great. I feel more at peace and creative. My cost of living has reduced but my standard of living has increased. I live in a nicer neighbourhood with an adequate power supply.

Also, moving around Ibadan is quite easy. I have never been caught in a traffic jam which is quite frequent in Lagos. There is a calmness and sanity to this place that you cannot replicate in Lagos despite how boujie you are.

The people here are more family orientated, unlike Lagos where almost everyone is a greedy capitalist looking to exploit the next person. Maybe it's my neighbourhood, but I have not had to walk around looking over my shoulder.

Having fun in Ibadan is inexpensive and this is my favourite thing. All the cool places I know are about 20-30 minutes from my house and I don't have to break the bank.

So these are some of the cool things about Ibadan. Although it might not be as boujie as Lagos, it is a nice and peaceful city for introverts like myself. It is barely six months since I moved here and I am loving it.

My major challenge here is the language. Most of the people here are predominantly Yoruba and they speak their native language. I don't have an interest in learning the language so it flies over my head most of the time.

I haven't noticed any tribal sentiment in my circle. Everyone accords me respect and I have not felt unsafe or marginalized. Even though my friends are communicating in their local dialect I don't get offended because I understand how much of an unconscious thing it is for them.

The second challenge for me is that I live in a somewhat boujie area. Unlike my place in Lagos where there is a grocery store or restaurant on almost every corner, here I have to commute a long distance to find one.

So I am mostly indoors and spend less because there are fewer temptations to spend. I mainly leave the comfort of my house to visit the market, which has become my favourite activity, although it can get daunting at times.

Moving to Ibadan has been the best decision I have made this year (amidst several erroneous ones). There has been a significant shift in my standard of living and I have not had to increase my expenditure. I love the people and their lifestyles. If I did not have plans of migrating, this will be the place I settle down with my partner.


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Why Ibadan though? Just for curiosity sake

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It is cheaper and a saner place to live than Lagos. Nothing is appealing about living in Lagos (to me). It is overcrowded, expensive and increasingly dangerous to live and do business.

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I will always pick Ibadan over lagos anyway anytime.

A rich man once told me

Live below your means and you will be rich

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Quite a number of the people I know seem to be moving to Ibadan or have already settled there, it seems like a really cool place to be, I’m guessing things are not as expensive as it is in Lagos. Congratulations on the move❤️✨

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Asides from expenses, the roads are freer. One can move around easier without unnecessary traffic at every corner. Also, people here are more family orientated unlike lagos where everyone wants to 'chop your eye'. If you're not doing a 9-5 you have no business living in lagos (my opinion)

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😂had me at the ‘chop your eye’ part. But those are vital advantages tho.
Lagos is definitely built for 9-5ers, it’s no surprise its known as the city that never sleeps 🙃

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Why do I see myself in almost every aspect of this post.. Except that I speak Yoruba, I had to learn..an growing up in Lagos helped too.

Well the bourgeoisie areas are very common in Ibadan, I live in one too and have to go as far out to get groceries..

Ibadan is fun actually and low key low spending.

We should cross paths someday.I hope.

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Why do I see myself in almost every aspect of this post.. Except that I speak Yoruba, I had to learn..an growing up in Lagos helped too.

I grow up in lagos but was mostly surrounded by easterners. The few southerners u knew did not speak their native language much. So it was difficult learning

Well the bourgeoisie areas are very common in Ibadan, I live in one too and have to go as far out to get groceries..

Lol, I don't like this boujie life...it is too stressful

Ibadan is fun actually and low key low spending.

True that

We should cross paths someday.I hope.

Yeah, hopefully during the hive meet up

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I don't like this boujie life

Problems have sizes.. A big man has a big problem..😂😂

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Ibadan is cool, my cousin brother relocated there too few months ago and he has been giving me positive feedback since then. The cost of living too is far better when compare to Lagos. No issues of hectic traffic unlike Lagos here, lucky you.
@nonsowrites , just make sure you learn that yoruba language in your first year over there 😀

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just make sure you learn that yoruba language in your first year over there 😀

Lol I will try....🤧

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The calmness in Ibadan is so nice. I don't see why people are crazy about Ibadan.

I can't get it

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I don't see why people are crazy about Ibadan.

I think you mean Lagos here. And I would say it all due to the grand illusion that Lagos is the land of opportunities. I do understand where that narrative stems from but it isn't the case for a lot of people who end up in lagos seeking greener pastures.

I find the living conditions in Ibadan suiting for my needs. So I dey here choke

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I understand relocating, I don't even think I can stay in Lagos long term.

Been to Ibadan once, it's a cool place, and also an increase in money shouldn't worry you, you just have to keep living the way you are living now.

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I understand relocating, I don't even think I can stay in Lagos long term.

Lagos is for mad people 🤡

Been to Ibadan once, it's a cool place, and also an increase in money shouldn't worry you, you just have to keep living the way you are living now.

Yeah. I am living my best life and it is simple

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Lagos isn't for the soft-hearted, I fall sick every time I visit.

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Maybe it's my neighbourhood, but I have not had to walk around looking over my shoulder.

Well, maybe.

I stayed in Ibadan for a few days and I found it to be calm like you said. My only issue was the bike men and market people always trying to cheat me.

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My only issue was the bike men and market people always trying to cheat me.

sorry about that. I just think it is a Nigerian thing. everyone is trying to size you to see how much they can extort from you. This is where street smart comes in handy.

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I have a cousin that lives there. He’s lived there his entire adult life. I remember visiting his family when I was about 12 years old. I only have memory of some amusement park we went to and the amount of amala consumed in that city 😂

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The sad part is that i dont eat amala...all my friends have tried to convince me to eat it but I don't think that will happen in my lifetime.

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I'll hold you to your words of coming to spend some time in ibadan with you

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you got a business or life plan in ibadan is that why you move?...or just decided on new location, getting tired of Lagos-bizzybody abi😁😁😂

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you got a business or life plan in ibadan is that why you move?...or just decided on new location, getting tired of Lagos-bizzybody abi😁😁😂

All of the above...

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my dear, the increase in revenue is another face of life that will always come in as much as you are doing your best but get set for many of it related challenges, again if you are seeing the sentimental isa-isa mkpo, within your cycle, thank God while it last but be prepared for the rainy day.

now that you are on a new face of live, i think you should get someone to help you if you can not help yourself, just my humble opinion. thanks for having me

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now that you are on a new face of live, i think you should get someone to help you if you can not help yourself, just my humble opinion. thanks for having me

Thankfully, I have my partner for that. She is quite supportive and helps me see different perspectives.

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she must be a helper, please bee wise and do the needful

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The complexity of the city and the sincerity of the color tones add a different atmosphere to the photograph when you immortalize it.🏙️

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