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Notes on the Geography of Nigeria: Ibadan: Photo 43

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The entry to another kind of mission, the University of Ibadan. During World War II part of the site had been an army hospital. Abandoned, the site had been overgrown and its buildings eaten by ants. Still, a site was a site, and some 2,580 acres were acquired. None of it was virgin: the land not part of the old hospital was cultivated by some 345 farmers. They were compensated for the loss of 54,000 cocoa trees and 20,000 oil palms but not for their land itself, because they were given land somewhere else. Out of sight; out of mind.

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