Living in Ile-Ife, Nigeria:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Ile-Ife, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 11 people living in Ile-Ife what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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Ile-Ife is an ancient town with so many historical facts about the Yoruba race in Nigeria. There two standard universities and a number of Government Agencies. The city is some three hours journey from Lagos, Nigeria. The city is headed by a traditional ruler with the assistance of some chiefs.

Gabriel, says: 2020

Ile-Ife is an ancient city in Southwestern part of Nigeria. Most people in Ile-Ife are civil servants. However, there are a handful of business owners living within. The road network is one of the best in all the major cities in the whole of the sub-region. Besides, it is home to major tourist attractions in the who country. For example, the popular Osun waterfall that attracted the largest tourists in West Africa in 2013 is in Ile-Ife. Finally, it is a place with natural ambience for relaxation. I am sure Ile-Ife will be a place for any sport lover.

There is little or no nightlife here, a quiet residential area. Security is guaranteed, rarely any robbery here. Good transport network for easy movement of vehicles, goods. The cost of living here is affordable and cheap with essential amenities to make life better.

Efeoghene, says: 2020

It is known for its small population and for its dabbling in agriculture. And it is also known for its law abiding residents/citizens, who are quite friendly and open to foreigners and local immigrants. One of the best universities in the country is in my city.

Someone moving to Ile-Ife should know, it is a place with a good number of traditionalist. Being the sit ancient Yoruba leadership, it houses most traditional ancient artifacts. Alongside being the seat of leadership, it is known as the place where traditional power resides – The Ooni of Ife.

Ile ife is the cradle of Yoruba land. The king there is the chairman of all kings in Nigeria, especially the kings of Yoruba towns. About 70% of the parents are farmers and on weekends most children follow their parents to the farm or village to help them.

Ile-Ife is peaceful, and is bubbling whenever students are around. This is because of the availability of a university. The city is known for the tribal war that took place some years ago. Its popularity is much more attributed to being the home of the gods, and the numerous rituals done yearly.

Ozichukwu, says: 2020

Moving to Ife, Nigeria, one must be prepared to embrace the different cultural aspects of the city. It is a city deeply entranced in traditional culture as It is believed to be the source from where all Yoruba people came. Other than that, it is a sleepy city with lots of elderly people there.

Blessing, says: 2020

Ile Ife is a city in the South Western part of Nigeria. The city is dominated with entrepreneurial activities. The city is home to one of the most popular public university in the country. Worthy of note is that the city is home to varying tribal ethnic groupings but notably the Yoruba group.

Stanley, says: 2020

In moving here, Ile Ife, it is important to know the common language for communication is English Language. Pidgin is also widely spoken, it is a mixture of English Language and native language. Non-residents of the city can understand pidgin, all it takes is a patient heart and a good listening ear.

Benedicta, says: 2020

Moving to Ile-Ife is definitely a good idea if you love peace and quiet: No busy roads, no extreme traffic jams, unruly drivers are at minimal. If you are business oriented, Ile-Ife is definitely a good place for your business but you have to be patient for the people to adjust especially if your business is foreign.

Joshua, says: 2020

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