By seven-thirty p.m., we were speeding down a dark street in Anthony Village when the bus came to an abrupt stop near Bertola Limited. The brightened highway coloured with cars flying off ahead would have been charming if my mind wasn’t on Lagos traffic now.
Earlier today, I had a fun packed time in Ikeja. And there was no way on earth I was going to let another awkward danfo situation ruin that. Dammit! How the heck did I get here?!
In December of 2019, way before Covid-19 and stockpiling became a global epidemic, my friends and I had a terrific party at Jhalobia Park and Garden.
Barfest was a perfect break from Lagos city hassle and although it was only the second occasion that year, the previous event at Bics Garden and Boat Club was just as awesome!
Jhalobia Park and Garden is located at 67 Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road and it was conceived in 1998 by Mrs Veronica Adepoju and her two daughters, Ifuemi and Ameto who are landscape designers.
This park has a perfect setting for your parties with enough space for up to 2,500 guests. It is serenely tucked between the Hajj Camp and Ajao Estate.
From the airport, I walked for a short distance while using the app before taking a taxi to… well the driver laughed when he heard Airport Road, taxis don’t usually go that far and Mr Azeez suggested that I get a bus from Simbiat Abiola Way (close to Ikeja BRT terminal).
After paying the cheap fare, I crossed over to the bus park and few minutes later we were off! It didn’t take too long before we cornered a road leading to an oil farm, there were some tankers containing aviation fuel laying around.
Some minutes later, we pulled over, I didn’t see no garden anywhere and that’s when I checked Google Maps again.
The destination was a couple more minutes out and I thought I could walk there. Big mistake! My legs definitely complained when I finally got to the park.
Here’s five things you didn’t know about this green space. Ha! Hope I didn’t bore you with plenty talk.
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Let’s get seriously underway.
#1. ACCESSIBLE ENTRY
So kudos to the guys that put the site plan of Jhalobia Park and Garden together because it’s an awesome job. On entry, there’s a sufficient lay-by capable of accommodating at least three vehicles and it’s impeccable that the park doesn’t share any direct links with the expressway.
Also, when it was time for the organisers to collect tickets, there was a small crowd outside. This didn’t disrupt the heavy flow of vehicular traffic around and into the park and I kinda liked that.
#2. PROXIMITY TO GREAT PLACES
Some minutes after the party kicked off, I left to grab a quick bite because I was really hungry. I could have gotten some edibles from vendors at the venue but the food was pricey and it wasn’t going to full my belle!
I came across a Mr Bigg’s outlet nearby. While eating, I also noticed a great combination of other places around the neighbourhood.
There are hotels, restaurants, roadside food sellers, banks and so much more. I started estimating that if I had enough cash to splurge, I could lodge in a hotel after the party. Hmm…
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Just in case, here’s a list of places that may interest you.
- De Moon Lounge
- West View Hotel
- Mobil Gas Station
- Stop-over Motels
- Divine Fountain
#3. BREATHABLE SPACES
Let’s imagine you throwing an event like Barfest, millenials all over the place, playing games, jamming up to great music, buying merch and engaging in all forms of culinary pleasures. Or maybe a wedding, birthday party, picnic or escape to mother nature.
Whatever you choose to do, you may require a break from the crowd every once in a while. Jhalobia Park and Garden is perfect for this with the buoyant spaces thumbtacked across its premises.
Unlike some courtyards that easily get overcrowded with little events, this park has two acres to spare.
#4. SOFT LANDSCAPE
While studying architecture back in uni, my favourite courses always had something to do with landscaping and this park got it in bulk!
First thing I noticed was the clean and ample green lawns followed by shrubs, ponds, sculpture, exotic trees, palms, gazebos, rock gardens and trees which have been trimmed in artistic shapes. ‘Twas ye olde green, green, green.
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#5. ADAPTABLE DESIGN
Aside from Jhalobia Park and Garden being a picturesque location, an open design makes it easy for event planners to reconfigure canopies, chairs, tables and sets arrangement with ease.
I’ll add that I counted a standby generator, an alluring fountain, and a chunk of toys at the children’s playground.
A RETURN TRIP LIKE NO OTHER
Erm… like I said, the other passengers and I were skeptical as we waited out opposite Bertola Limited for Kayode, our wacky danfo driver.
What’s more annoying is I retired from the park just around five p.m. so I could beat the unpredictable traffic. But now, that seemed to be in vain.
The trouble started when I entered this rickety bus heading to Ketu from Oshodi, it was easy-go until three consecutive stops because of a bad fuel transmission system. Haw!
Kayode returned to the bus with a loud thud! And when I looked back, I could hardly comprehend what was happening. A similar bus rammed into ours from behind and that’s how we got moving.
With each time we got hit I jerked a little. It was super risky and exciting at the same time.
After that unexpectedly awesome return trip from Jhalobia Park and Garden, I arrived home “inna jiffy” and even had spare time to discuss my fun day with everyone.
Let’s review the park’s features I showed you in this article:
- Accessible entry
- Proximity to great places
- Breathable spaces
- Soft landscape
- Adaptable design
Before you get going, I’ve got a couple questions for you. What’s your favourite thing about this park? Have you ever encountered an awkward moment when travelling? Kindly share.
Thanks for stopping by. Cheers!