Oh Hello there,

It’s been a hot minute since I had a post up on the Blog.

Life happened (I’ve also been doing a lot of procrastinating, but hey.. 😉).

I’m back now and that’s all that matters and I genuinely want to be a lot more consistent (So help me God)

So back to the post,

The End of the year vacation has in some way become a family tradition for my family in the last couple of years. It’s not something that was officiated but we’ve sort of initiated it into our family plans.

Towards the end of 2019, My mum mentioned there being a place in Ibadan we could visit. We did our research, checked out every information they had online and it was decided we had to spend the December 2019 break there.

I have been to Ibadan way too many times I have literally lost count (I am an Oyo Indigent after all). I wrote about one of my many visits here . There weren’t that many places we looked forward to visiting as a result of this. The plan was to stay at IITA, have some family time together and if we could, check out other places we hadn’t visited in Ibadan.

IITA, short for International Institute for Tropical Agriculture established in 1967 is a research-for-development organization, providing solutions to hunger, poverty, and the degradation of natural resources in Africa. The hotel we stayed is located in the institute.

The institute has a large expanse of land with lots of activities to get up to. Four days was too short a time to experience the place but we took advantage of the little time we had. We took lots and lots of walks, dunk in the pool, Visited the Gym, Basketball court, and a host of other places . The hotel came with a complimentary breakfast we constantly looked forward to having.

We tried as much as we could to visit some historical places in Ibadan such as The Mapo Hall, Cocoa House and the Bower’s tower; however this didn’t go as planned but we were able to visit the Popular Amala Skye as well as Agodi gardens.

IITA is definitely a place I plan to visit again- for a longer period of time this time.

I was so sure I was going to have forgotten a lot of my experience by the time I was in the right frame of mind to write about it, so I made sure to Vlog parts of my stay there.

The video above is a compilation of my experience. The video is lengthier than my other videos but I really hope you enjoy it still.

Till next time


IITA Address:

PMB 5320, Oyo Road, Ibadan 200001,
Oyo State, Nigeria.



  1. Cool post! Family vacation is a great idea, and Ibadan is so underrated.

    Never stayed at IITA, but I’ve heard its a pretty nice place to stay. I have been to all the other places you listed (as a child, lol, so I don’t know if you should still go or not). But here is what I would recommend for next time; D’s Kitchen and Oliver’s, both in Bodija, for your meals. Good dining experience. 🙂

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    1. Hey Safiyyah!

      Tell me about it, it is sooo underrated. I feel like every time we‘re in Ibadan, there’s a new place to check out.

      Will definitely check out the places you recommended next time I’m in Ibadan!

      Thanks a lot for reading 🙂


  2. Yaay!
    I was so happy to get a notification about this (slight brag #NotificationGang 😎)
    I understand the struggles involved with keeping a blog and constantly finding the time and energy to create and post content, especially with adulting its struggles. Most times the idea is there in your head but to put pen to paper, or in this case type out the words na wahala o!
    But Maryam, I must commend you for still coming back and still posting quality content. (We) Your fans don’t care, we are always ready and enthusiastic about whatever you give us.
    I think it’s so cool that y’all have this family tradition. There is nothing like quality time spent exploring with family. I love to see it! And hopefully, more to come in shaa Allah!
    I would definitely be adding IITA to my unending list of great places to visit in our beloved country.
    I salivated when I read the Amala Skye part, I’ve heard great things about that place! (Yes it’s on my list too)

    Thank you for sharing! This was realllllly fun to read as always (I read your blogs in your voice so it feels very much like gist 🤗). We even got exclusive shots 🙌🏾

    Enthusiastically looking forward to next time!

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    1. Hellllooo Anon,

      Thank you sooo much for understanding the struggles. Fam, I literally have a bunch of unedited posts from last year that I haven’t gotten around to editing and sharing.

      Every time, I tell myself this is the month I start being consistent and it just doesn’t happen. I really hope to do better this year.

      You should totally visit IITA, I’m not saying it’s perfect but it’s definitely a place to check out if you’re ever in Ibadan.

      Haha, I also visited Amala skye because of the hype. My parents were reluctant but my brother and I literally had to drag them along with us. I’m just glad we weren’t disappointed.

      Thanks once again for sticking around this long for a post from me. I hope to stay consistent going forward

      Cheers 🙂


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