Offa, Kwara

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Offa is located in Nigeria
Location in Nigeria
Coordinates: 8°9′N 4°43′E / 8.150°N 4.717°E / 8.150; 4.717
Country Nigeria
StateKwara State
 • Total88,975 [1]
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)

Offa is a city located in Kwara State, central Nigeria with a population of about 90,000 inhabitants. The vegetation in Offa is savanna vegetation and the town is noted for its weaving and dyeing trade, using vegetable dyes made from locally grown indigo and other plants. Offa is well known for cultivation of Sweet potatoes and maize which also formed part of the favourite staple foods of the indigenes in the town. Offa in one of her eulogy is being address as the home of sweet potatoes. Cattle, goats and sheep are also raised in the environs. The key religions practised in the town are:- Islam, Christianity and Traditional religions.

The ancient tradition for which the town is known is wrestling. Offa's rich history is comprehensively documented in a book written by James Bukoye Olafimihan an educationist and clergyman titled 'Iwe Itan Offa', literally translated The Book of the History of Offa.

Offa is on the railway line from Lagos, the former capital of Nigeria, and Offa served as the railway terminus before the line was extended north to Kano and Nguru.

Tertiary institutions in the town include the Federal Polytechnic, Offa, established in 1992,

The Kwara State College of Health Technology (established 1976 [1])

Nigeria Navy School of Health Sciences. Summit University, Offa which has just been approved by the Nigerian Universities Commission, Lens polytechnic, offa, Graceland Polytechnic offa.

Offa was first settled around AD 1000 by Yoruba. The Offatedo of osun state, Iyana Offa in Oyo State, Offa in Cote devoire, are all emanated from Offa. Presently the stool of Olofa is in contention. The prominent knighted chiefs of Offa include Esa, Ojomu, Sawo, Ola and Balogun. The praise name of Offa is "Ijakadi Loro Offa", a Yoruba phrase meaning "wrestling is our game". The city's mascot is the peacock bird which is one of the most prominent exotic avian species in the region and also because the town is a beautiful place.

Offa Grammar School [2] is the first community grammar school in northern Nigeria.

Offa has more recently become well known in Nigeria for being home to Adesoye College, one of the most prominent private schools in Nigeria. The school's proprietor, Chief Adesoye is also the founder of Okin Biscuits. Both institutions have brought him and Offa fame throughout Nigeria.[2]

Offa is centrally located in the midst and middle of many neighboring towns like Erin Ile in the south, Ijagbo in the north, Igosun and Ipee in the east and Ilemona, Irra, Ikotun and Ojoku in the west. Other towns surrounding Offa are Igosun and Igbo Idun. Offa has other notable missionary and community school such as Ansar Ud Deen College, Offa community Secondary School, Olalomi Comprehensive College, Iyeru Grammar school just to mention but a few. Offa is the second largest town in Kwara State. After Ilorin the state capital then Offa.

In addendum, Offa means "arrow" in the Yoruba Language. Also Ilorin means "the sharpening of iron for military weapons", Offa and Ilorin being military towns of the Old Oyo Empire were military outposts of the Old Oyo Empire.


  • Olafimihan, James Bukoye: Iwe Itan Offa (The Book of the History of Offa).


  1. ^ Super User. "Population Distribution By Age and Sex: 2006 Census Priority Tables (Vol 4)". Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Adesoye College - Nigeria's top private boarding secondary school education". Retrieved 12 September 2015.

Coordinates: 8°08′49″N 4°43′12″E / 8.147°N 4.720°E / 8.147; 4.720