Ibadan is a city located in south-western Nigeria and is the capital of Oyo State with a population comprised mostly of the Yoruba people. The name Ibadan is derived from the Yoruba words Eba Odan which literally means ‘between the forest and plains’.

J.P. Clark’s poem is a short description of the city.




     running splash of rust

and gold – flung and scattered

among seven hills like broken

china in the sun.