Ado Ekiti

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Ado Ekiti
Ado Ewi
Ado Ekiti Fajuyi park
Ado Ekiti Fajuyi park
Ado Ekiti is located in Nigeria
Ado Ekiti
Ado Ekiti
Location in Nigeria
Coordinates: 7°37′16″N 5°13′17″E / 7.62111°N 5.22139°E / 7.62111; 5.22139Coordinates: 7°37′16″N 5°13′17″E / 7.62111°N 5.22139°E / 7.62111; 5.22139
StateEkiti State
 • Total293 km2 (113 sq mi)
455 m (1,493 ft)
 • Total424,340[1]
Short oral history of Ado Ekiti by a native speaker

Ado Ekiti is the capital city of Ekiti State, Nigeria. It is the headquarter of the Ekiti central senatorial district, southwest, Nigeria.[2]


Ado Ewi is an ancient city, founded by Ewi Awamaro the son of Biritikolu. Awamaro (the restless one) left Ile-Ife with his father Ewi Apa Biritikolu and his uncle Oranmiyan to both Ita Orogun and Benin respectively after staying briefly with Oloba in Oba-Ile, in present day Akure.

Both Oranmiyan (Oba of Benin) and Biritikolu first settled in Benin forests before disputes among their people led them to separate and Biritikolu sought a new home westward at Utamodi (Oke Papa). Ewi Biritikolu and one of his sons reigned there. It was Ewi Awamaro who migrated to Ilesun (Present day Ado-Ekiti) after staying briefly at Udoani (Ido Ani) and Agbado during the long migration. When Ewi Awamaro left Agbado, some elders remained behind to rest and gave the settlement the name Agba Ado (Elders’ Camp) – Agbado-Ekiti as the town is known today.

Population and demographics[edit]

The population in 2006 was 308,621. The people of Ado Ekiti are mainly of the Ekiti sub-ethnic group of the Yoruba[3]


Ado Ekiti City has a State owned University - the University of Ado Ekiti now Ekiti State University[4] Ado-Ekiti, a privately owned University - Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti,[5] a Polytechnic - the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti,[6] Federal University Oye, (FUOYE), Oye-Ekiti,[7] privately owned polytechnic Crown polytechnic, Odo, Ado-Ekiti[8]

Media and economy[edit]

In Ado Ekiti, there are local television and radio stations such as Nigeria Television Authority Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State Television (BSES), and Radio Ekiti. Various commercial enterprises operate in Ado Ekiti. The city is the trade centre for a farming region where yams, cassava, grain, and tobacco are grown. Cotton is also grown for weaving.[citation needed]

Traditional leader[edit]

The current Ewi, or ruler, of Ado Ekiti is Rufus Aladesanmi III, who succeeded Samuel Adeyemi George-Adelabu I in 1990.



  1. ^ "World Gazetteer". Archived from the original on 2012-12-16.
  2. ^ "Ado-Ekiti | Location, Facts, & History". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2021-06-25.
  3. ^ "Ado Ekiti |™". 2016-11-24. Retrieved 2021-06-25.
  4. ^ "Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti Nigeria". Retrieved 2021-06-27.
  5. ^ "Afe Babalola University partners Akin Fadeyi foundation to fight rape, cyberbully". 2020-09-19. Retrieved 2021-06-27.
  6. ^ "Fed Poly Ado-Ekiti resumes Jan. 18 –Registrar - The Nation". Latest Nigeria News, Nigerian Newspapers, Politics. 2021-01-16. Retrieved 2021-06-27.
  7. ^ "FUOYE Senate passes vote of confidence in VC | Premium Times Nigeria". 2021-06-17. Retrieved 2021-06-27.
  8. ^ "CROWN POLYTECHNIC | Home :: CROWN POLYTECHNIC". Retrieved 2021-06-27.

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