Ogun (state)

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Nickname(s): Gateway State
Location of Ogun State in Nigeria
Location of Ogun State in Nigeria
Coordinates: 7°00′N 3°35′E / 7.000°N 3.583°E / 7.000; 3.583Coordinates: 7°00′N 3°35′E / 7.000°N 3.583°E / 7.000; 3.583
Country  Nigeria
Date created 3 February 1976
Capital Abeokuta
 • Governor
Ibikunle Amosun (APC)
 • Total 16,980.55 km2 (6,556.23 sq mi)
Area rank 24th of 36
Population (2006 census)
 • Total 3,751,140
 • Rank 16 of 36
 • Density 220/km2 (570/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Ogunian
 • Year 2007
 • Total $10.47 billion[1]
 • Per capita $2,740[1]
Time zone WAT (UTC+01)
ISO 3166 code NG-OG

Ògùn is a state in southwestern Nigeria. Created in 1976, it borders Lagos State to the south, Oyo and Osun states to the north, Ondo State to the east and the Republic of Benin to the west. Abeokuta is the capital and largest city in the state.

Ogun has one Federal University: the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta; one state government college of education, named after the late Nigerian educationist of international repute Augustus Taiwo Solarin in 1994 as Tai Solarin College of Education (TASCE),(formerly known as Ogun State College of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu-Ode, one Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, one state government polythechnic named after late Nigerian business mogul and political icon the acclaimed winner of June 12, 1993 election, Basorun Moshood Kasimawo Olawale Abiola as Moshood Abiola Polythechnic (MAPOLY), formerly known as Ogun State Polythechnic, Ojere, Abeokuta, and two state government universities: Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye (formerly known as Ogun State University), and the Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) Ijebu Ode. Ogun State has a total of nine registered universities, the highest of any state in Nigeria. It has five private universities. Amongst others are Covenant University and Babcock University in Ilisan-Remo, which was the first private university in the country. The state has two major government hospitals: the Federal Medical Center at Abeokuta, and the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu.The National Youth Service Corps Permanent Orientation Camp is located at Sagamu Local Government area of the state.

Other cities and towns in the Ogun State are Ijebu Ode, Sagamu, Ijebu Igbo, Ilaro Ayetoro and Ota.

Local Government Areas[edit]

Ogun State consists of twenty (20) Local Government Areas. They are:

The State Anthem

Ise ya Ise ya Omo Ogun ise ya Eledumare ise ma ya o e Ise ya

Eyin omo ogun ese giri Ise po fun wa lati se Omo rere kii n sa se Omo Ogun kii n sole E bere gberu o, Oluwa n be fun wa, e tera mo se o Ise ya, Omo Ogun Ise ya.

The state's nickname is "Gateway to Nigeria". It was created in February 1976 from the former Western State. The 1991 census recorded a total population of 2,338,570 residents. The incumbent State Governor is Senator Ibikunle Amosun (2011-date).

Famous native sons and daughters[edit]

Ikenne Remo is home to many prominent sons and daughters of Ogun State and has over the years evolved to become the political and intellectual 'mecca' of the state. With Obafemi Awolowo home and rich library resources open to the public and history researchers; (acknowledged to have groomed business, religious and political leaders) and of course the annual Ereke Day festival attracting tourists from within and without the country.

Chief Obafemi Awolowo is revered as one of the founding fathers of Nigeria, alongside Chief Nnamdi Azikiwe and Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello, the late Sardauna of Sokoto. He was Prime Minister of the Western Region from 1954 - 1959 after which he became the opposition leader in the Federal House of Representatives. He built the educational,political and business infrastructure upon which the Western States have built and thrived.

Ogun State, today, has emerged as one of the fastest growing business destinations in Nigeria, with several local and international businesses and factories strategically sited within the 2 km government acquisition area of the Lagos - Sagamu expressway. With Dangote's cement factory in Ibese, Nestle, DHL, Big Treat, Coleman Cables and several others, Ogun State may as well be the investor's haven in the Sub Region.

Tertiary Institutions in Ogun state[edit]

Notable religious places in Ogun state[edit]

  • Islamic Mission for Africa, Abeokuta
  • Ahmadiyya Missionary Training Centre, Ilaro
  • The Church of the Lord (Aladura), Ogere Remo
  • ST PETER"S Cathedral, Ake, Abeokuta
  • Ijebu-Ode Central Mosque, Ijebu-Ode
  • Celestial Church of Christ (CCC) World-wide Camp, Imeko
  • Christ Love Evangelical Ministries(CLEM) Ibadan Road, Ijebu-Ode
  • Diadem Christian Church International, Ijebu Ode
  • The Redemption Camp of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, along Lagos-Ibadan Exp. Way, Mowe
  • Faith Tabernacle aka Winners Chapel, Canaanland, Ota
  • Prayer City of Mountain of Fire & Miracle Ministry, along Lagos-Ibadan Exp. Way
  • Deeper Life Conference Center (DLCC), along Lagos-Ibadan Exp. Way
  • Faith City (Apostolic Faith Church) along Atan-Agbara road, Igbesa, Ogun State
  • Chief Oyeneye Olusesan House in Oluwo Onikolobo, Abeokuta
  • Bilikisu Sungbo Shrine, Oke-Eiri, near Ijebu-Ode, declared a national Heritage since 1964,was the burial place of the acclaimed (Sungbo Eredo and Its Ecotourism Values: Sonubi O K (2009)Queen Sheba, a gathering of faithfuls during major Muslim and Christian festivals
  • St. John's African church Arigbajo
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Kuto Abeokuta

Major Rivers[edit]

Think Tanks[edit]

See also[edit]

  • List of Ogun State local government areas by population
  • List of Tourism attractions in the state: Olumo Rock in Abeokuta, Bilikisu Sungbo Shrine in Oke-Eri, Yemoji Natural Swimming Pool at Ijebu-Ode, Oyan Dam in Abeokuta North, Iwopin Boat Regatta and Ebute-Oni in Ogun Waterside. Other sites are: Madam Tinubu Shrine, Abeokuta; Oronna Shrine, Ilaro; Area J4 Forest Reserve (Omo Biosphere Reserve); Tongeji Island, Ipokia; Old Manse at Ogbe, Abeokuta; St James Anglican School, Ota and Ijamido River Shrine, Ota. There is also the June 12 Cultural Centre Park and Museum at Abeokuta(source:Ogun State Diary, 2013). Ojude-Oba festival, Ijebu-Ode and Agemo festival in Ijebu.University of Agriculture Zoological Garden, Abeokuta, Sungbo Eredo-the largest single ancient monument in Africa in Ijebu(Darling,1999).

<Ogun State Diary, 2013>


  1. ^ a b "C-GIDD (Canback Global Income Distribution Database)". Canback Dangel. Retrieved 2008-08-20. 

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