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The Bowers Tower
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New Culture Studios
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Tunde Odunlade Arts and Culture Connexions
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The Cultural Centre
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Eleyele Lake
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TopFat Art Gallery
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Arnheim
Ibadan

Ibadan's Best Creative Spots with Area Noir & Tope Ajayi

Area Noir is a London-based online gallery which prides itself on showcasing the art of many talented emerging Black and Brown artists from around the world. One of these artists is Ibadan-based contemporary artist Tope Ajayi whose works speaks to Afro-centricism, Afro-futurism and Afro-surrealism. His work combines various mediums; from traditional art, digital art, photography, audio and film.


Based in Ibadan, Tope takes us on a tour of his favourite places and spaces to experience art in the city. He explained to us, "the art scenes in Ibadan aren't the electrifying type at first encounter. It's the kind that slowly draws you in and immerses you." His guide gives you an insiders perspective into the scene and all there is to experience -- from cultural centres hosting poetry nights to peaceful lake settings to get your creative energy flowing.

Area Noir is a London-based online gallery which prides itself on showcasing the art of many talented emerging Black and Brown artists from around the world. One of these artists is Ibadan-based contemporary artist Tope Ajayi whose works speaks to Afro-centricism, Afro-futurism and Afro-surrealism. His work combines various mediums; from traditional art, digital art, photography, audio and film.


Based in Ibadan, Tope takes us on a tour of his favourite places and spaces to experience art in the city. He explained to us, "the art scenes in Ibadan aren't the electrifying type at first encounter. It's the kind that slowly draws you in and immerses you." His guide gives you an insiders perspective into the scene and all there is to experience -- from cultural centres hosting poetry nights to peaceful lake settings to get your creative energy flowing.

The Bowers Tower

If you are looking for a great cityscape view that is calm and as an escape. It's the highest point in the city. It's less than a dollar to access. You could also spend time in their smaller huts to paint, read, do yoga, or even have a picnic. Local phrase: It's also called Layipo, the locals call the tower that because of its spiral stairs.

New Culture Studios

Highlight: Great architecture!

This is one hell of an Afrocentric artistic space for artists and lovers of art as well. You should attend any of their events, it's always a blast!

Tunde Odunlade Arts and Culture Connexions

A gallery and a hub for creative minds, holding music and poetry gigs, where creatives can connect and curate cultural experiences. Oh, by the way, admission is totally free.

The Cultural Centre

Mostly in neglect now, but the nightlife available in that space allows you to connect with the cultural experience. Especially with the "talking drum" drummers. Advisable to go around 6-7pm to experience that. But, overall, the entire site is something to behold.

Eleyele Lake

Not really an art scene, but nature is art and people have been finding peace on water. Especially as a creative, I take out time to find calm there. So, you pay about 3 dollars to get a boat ride around the lake. Tip: Stop at the middle of the lake, cut the engines and listen to nature. Go early in the morning or in the evening.

TopFat Art Gallery

The best place that curates all the amazing local artists in the city and more. So, you want to feed your eyes and soul, this is the best recommended. As an artist, you could find new inspiration there.

Arnheim

Saving the best till last. If you are looking for a bar, restaurant, art gallery, shisha spot, coffee shop or even ice cream in one place, Arnheim is that place. Just save a couple of dollars and you'd get a good experience. Nightlife is amazing. I think it's the coffee and art for me.