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Living in Ilorin, Nigeria:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

18 local experts

If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Ilorin, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 18 people living in Ilorin 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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If one is considering to move or visit Ilorin, it means you’re going to a city of peace as the people who are the indigenes are very lovely and accomodating.

If you’re moving to Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria, you need to know that the cost of living is affordable, not expensive at all. From transportation to feeding and all. Just that we have limited companies here in Ilorin. No much job opportunities except teaching and hotel jobs.

Adeola, says: 2023

Ilorin is the capital of Kwara State. It is the 7th known largest city by population in Nigeria. Ilorin was founded by the Yoruba; one of the three largest ethnic groups in Nigeria, in 1450. It became a provincial military headquarters of the ancient Oyo Empire and later became a Northern Nigeria protectorate when Shehu Alimi, an itinerant Islamic preacher and teacher took control of the city through the spread of Islam. The city is a confluence of cultures, populated by the Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa, Fulani, Nupe, Bariba and Kanuri tribes from across Nigeria, as well as foreign nationals. There are large Christian and Islamic populations and many ceremonial activities, mostly with religious aspects, take place in the city throughout the year.

Gbonjubola, says: 2020

The city is a peaceful place, unstable for child training and family living at large. There are also chances of getting well paying jobs as a means of income. However, the height of instability pertaining to the road movements due to traffic, should be highly considered. But in all, the city is one of the most beautiful places.

Gbolahan, says: 2020

Although, Ilorin has more of Islamic inhabitants, it does not operate the Sharia law. Also, Ilorin has a lot of nice places. There are malls, supermarkets, universities and other tertiary institutions, so the person should be ready to go visiting. If the person is yet to get an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, I recommend studying at the university of Ilorin, being that it is more sophisticated and advanced.

Eniola, says: 2020

Ilorin is a peaceful city and anyone moving to the city should be rest assured that insecurity is not the challenge of this peaceful city. There are quite a numbers of site that serve as tourist attraction for individuals that loves tourism. Above the people of this city are very hospitable.

Jelilat, says: 2020

The name of city is Ilorin which is the capital of Kwara State in Nigeria. It is in North-central of the country with dense population of about 100,000 people. There are various cultural diversity in my city as a result of descendants from different ethnic groups from different regions of the country.

Anjolaoluwa, says: 2020

Someone moving to Ilorin should know the standard of living in my city is relatively low but the cost of buying things is relatively cheap. Houses in my city are old. The city is booming with an influx of people from places nearby.

Ozichukwu, says: 2020

The city consists of two major religious groups which are Christianity and Islamic religions. The city also consist of Yoruba, Hausa and other minor ethnic groups, though classified under north central Geopolitical zone in the country. The city is a very peaceful place, as record have it, it’s quite long when a violent occurrence happened last in the city.

Ngwuta, says: 2020

Ilorin is part of the ancient city in the old Oyo empire, it is one of the rare Yoruba speaking people without masquerade neither do they have celebrate masquerade festival. There are a lot of this to explore about ilorin it host the settlement of different ethnic group although the Yorubas are dominant inhabitants. Above all the city is peaceful.

Franklin, says: 2020

Ilorin is known for its diversity in religious and ethnic groups but the beautiful thing about this city is the harmony that keeps us together. Despite this diversity we enjoy peace which makes even the air we breathe fresh. We are very hospitable.

Anyone moving here should know the numerous privileges that every inhabitant enjoys such as the constant supply of electricity, favorable weather, environmental tranquility, good water supply, good roads, and easy transit buses. Also, the well-known delicacy of my city is a must to have.

Ilorin is a very conservative and beautiful city. It is the capital of Kwara State. It is popularly considered as part of northern Nigeria. The people are quite modest and very religious. The commonly spoken languages are Yoruba, English and possibly Hausa. There are a lot of small scale businesses scattered around the city.

Macdonald, says: 2020

Ilorin is a city in Kwara State, Nigeria. It is a beautiful city with a very friendly environment. Ilorin owns numerous restaurants, hotels, banks, schools with top-notch services. The roads are excellent for cars, buses and other vehicles, there is a train station also to board trains if desired. Ilorin is a suitable city.

Clement, says: 2020

Ilorin is one of the beautiful cities in Nigeria. It also has a lot of higher education institutions. They include: University of Ilorin, Kwara State Polytechnic, Kwara State College of Education, Kwara State Aviation College, etc.

Daniel, says: 2020

It’s fantastic here Ilorin. If you desire moving here, have your own electric generator because power is never constant. You must also seriously consider having your own water supply–a borehole will be fine–as municipal water supplies are never reliable. It’s also very hot here, and except you love hot climates, you’ll need to install your own cooling system. Now, if you’re wondering why I described Ilorin as being fantastic, it is because it makes you independent–independent of public amenities.

Ilorin is like the main capital city of Kwara State. The city is at the north of Nigeria, rich in cultural heritage and tourism. Considered peaceful and pride itself as one of the most accommodating area to live in as to low cost of living compared to other parts of the country. The area is tourist friendly and the people are accommodating too. You should visit sometime though. You’ll love it, I promise.

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