|Land Area & Rank
||27,249 sq. km (15)
||Feb. 3, 1976
||Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi, APC
|House of Assembly
||Ibadan (capital), Oyo, Ogbomoso, Iseyin, Saki
Rank & Sex: 5,591,589 (5)
||Gov. Office: 234-2-8105660
Abuja Liaison Office:
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Lagos Liaison Office:
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Victoria Island, Lagos.
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|Local Government Areas
|Ibadan North East
|Ibadan North West
|Ibadan South East
|Ibadan South West
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Tel: 234-2-413607, 413198
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P.M.B 5024, Ibadan
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Within its geo-political zone in the 18th Century, the Oyo
Empire was by far the largest political unit with its capital
stretching far north near Nupe and Borgu. Its political
power was partly a reflection of its wealth, both as a
producer of excellent textiles and as a merchant state;
strategically situated between north and south. Kolanuts,
cloth, salt and possible slaves were sent from the South to
the North, in return for leather, knives and especially
horses. Oyo's cavalry which depended on the constant
import of horses became the key to her military might,
striking terror amongst surrounding communities.
the Colonial Governor of Lagos, Sir Gilbert Carter sent
Captain R. L. Bower to Oyo because of some trouble there.
The Alafin (king) tried to attack Bower party, but he was
overpowered. By 1897, the entire Oyo Empire has come
under the British control. The Arthur Richard constitution
of 1947 placed the zone as part of Western region. The
zone was organized as a state following the breaking up of
old western region during the states creation exercise of
1967 by then Gen. Yakubu Gowon’s administration. As a
state, Oyo State was created by Gen. Murtala Mohammed
in 1976. Ibadan, the capital, was the administrative centre
of the old western region/state.
The state is a homogeneous
society comprising the Oyos, the Ibadans and the Ibarapas,
all belonging to the Yoruba ethnic group. In 1948, the first
university in Nigeria; University of Ibadan was established.
On January 17, 1955 Oyo state then western region
pioneered free education in Nigeria. In 1959, the first
Television Station in Africa was established in Ibadan.
Ibadan is also reputed to be the largest city in West Africa.
In 1991 Osun state was carved out of it.
In the South is Ogun State, in
the North is Kwara State; in the West is an international
border with the Republic of Benin, in the East by Osun
The state lies within the rain forest zone.
Two main seasons are associated with the state,
that is, the rain and dry season. The rain season starts by
March and ends in October. The dry season spans
November to February.
The state has 1,576 primary schools, 324
secondary schools, 5 Technical Colleges, 2 colleges of
education, 2 universities; University of Ibadan and Ladoke
Akintola University of Technology. One polytechnic and 7
special Schools for Science.
The economy of the state is commerce (buying
and selling) though majority of the rural population are
engaged in agriculture.
Agricultural produces in the state are; maize,
yam, millet, cocoa, cashew, plantain, palm produce and
rice. The state also has three vast cattle ranches at saki,
Fasola and Ibadan.
Marble, clay, kaolin and
Samuel Akintola, Politican. Lamidi
Adedibu, politican. Adisa Akinloye, Politican. Ayinde
Barrister, musician. Iyabo Sanni Momoh (Mama Ajasco),
actress. Kola Daisi, businessman. Esther Funmilayo,
administrator. Ayodele Adigun, administrator. Kayode
Afolabi, administrator. E.O. Okebukola, administrator. J.
O. Oladele, administrator. Richard Akindele, Lawyer.