Bower’s Tower, built atop Oke-Are, the highest of Ibadan’s seven hills, has been in operation since 1936. It overlooks the city as its geographical center and was named after Captain Robert Lister Bower, the Travel Commissioner of the Interior Yoruba region.
Captain Bower was the first British resident in Nigeria appointed by Queen Elizabeth in 1893 with the responsibility of ending the hostilities between the various Yoruba kingdoms. He carried on this task between 1893 – 1897.
The Bower’s Tower was designed by Taffy Jones, the same engineer that designed Mapo Hall. The historical tower is 60 feet tall and 11 feet square, with two entrances and around 47 spiral stairs leading to the tower’s summit, from where visitors may enjoy a 360-degree view of Ibadan.
The breathtaking view from the top of the tower allows visitors to see several significant landmarks, including the University College Hospital (UCH), University of Ibadan Clock tower, Cocoa House, Dugbe Market, Agodi Gardens, Mapo Hall and Lekan Salami Sports Complex. The city’s characteristic boundless spread of brown roofs is on the other side.
Serving as one of the most popular tourist centers in the city of Ibadan, the terracotta-colored concrete walls are still in good condition, with a tour guide available on demand to take visitors on a historical journey.
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