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.


Getting there was “quite easy” so after my little detour at Murtala Mohammed Airport and Jara Mall (a new shopping mall at the time), I whipped out my phone and scrolled through Google Maps.

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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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.



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…


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


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.


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.



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.


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:

  1. Accessible entry
  2. Proximity to great places
  3. Breathable spaces
  4. Soft landscape
  5. 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.

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20 Comments Add yours

  1. It’s great that you share your experience. I am a novice traveler, and for me your blog is an aid in planning my trip. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words John, they mean a lot to me.
      Travel safe.

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  2. trenzznet says:

    Hello Emmanuel. I think you’re a great and very dedicated writer. I have nominated you for the Liebster Award on my brand new post. You should check it out ☺️

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    1. Oh that’s too kind of you!
      Thanks so much.

      Liked by 2 people

      1. trenzznet says:

        You’re welcome ☺

        Liked by 1 person

  3. PoojaG says:

    Seems like you had a really fun trip! The landscape looks very beautiful!

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    1. Yeah I did! Thanks for reading and commenting PoojaG!!!

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      1. PoojaG says:

        You’re welcome!

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  4. All that green looks so beautiful! My kind of place 🙂

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    1. That’s cool Rochelle! Nature can be very relaxing…

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  5. Cool park, Sladja and I were talking about how mind-blowing it would be to visit Lagos one day.

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    1. That’d be great! You’re welcome anytime after the pandemic.

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  6. looks like a great spot!!! And this Mr Biggs looks cool!

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting Andy! Ah, I enjoyed the Mr Bigg’s too.

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  7. I guess this place isn’t so popular or I’m not too outgoing. First time hearing it though but I love the natural scenery around. I should definitely visit.

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    1. Yes Chidera. It’s a great place to catch up with lush vegetation in full bloom.

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