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Ode Idepe
Home of Peace
StateOndo State
 • TypeLocal Government Council and Headquarters
 • Caretaker ChairmanHon. Mr. Omo Oba Abayomi Adesanya (APC)
 • Total310 sq mi (803 km2)
 • Total233,565
 • Estimate 
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)

Ikale or Old Ikale Local government is part of the Yoruba tribe of Ondo state in Nigeria which was originally a combination of the present Okitipupa Local Government and Irele Local Government before the two Local Governments were split into two namely: Irele Local Government and Okitipupa local government. Okitipupa is a Local Government Area in Nigeria and part of Ikale speaking nation in Ondo State. Okitipupa Local Government headquarters is located in Okitipupa township with a university, Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH) which commenced academic session in year 2010/2011.

Okitipupa town was formerly known as Ode-Idepe. The name Okitipupa originated from the elevation of the town, migration of the people to virgin area and the red colour of the soil which means ‘pupa’in Ikale and Yoruba dialects while ‘Okiti means hilly land. Okiti-pupa is derived from Ikale Yoruba language Okiti(Hilly) and Pupa(Red) which became a word and a name being used by the people travelling from other communities to trade in the central market of the town (Okitipupa). Today, the inhabitants use the names of Okitipupa and Idepe interchangeably.

Okitipupa has always been the central town for the inhabitants of Ondo South senatorial district of Ondo state, comprising okitipupa, Irele, Ilaje, Ese-Odo, Odigbo and Ile-oluji/Oke-Igbo local governments respectively due to the presence of basic amenities. Okitipupa town is the administrative headquarters of Okitipupa local government with neighbouring communities such as: Ode-Erinje, Ikoya, Ode-Aye, Igbotako, Ilutitun, Igbodigo, Iju- Odo, Erekiti, Iju- Oke, Omotosho, Akinfosile, Okunomo, Igodan, Ayeka and many others, just to mention a few. It was a district in the colonial days before Nigeria's independence in 1960. It has a university, a specialist hospital, several private hospitals, a Magistrate court, a High court, Nigerian Police Force Area command, an Army barrack, commercial banks, a telephone exchange, and numerous primary and secondary schools.

Natives of Ikale are predominantly farmers. The major cash crops being cultivated in the area are oil-palm, rubber and cassava. They also cultivate yams, beans, Okro, Pepper, Melon and Vegetables. Staple food inclusive but not limited to baked cassava popularly known as Pupuru, yam, rice, yam flour and cassava flakes (Garri) among others.

It has a market that has been a major shopping centre for traders from all Yoruba land and beyond since pre-colonial. A modern market was built by the administration of Chief Herbert Kuewumi in 1979 when he was the executive chairman of the Old Okitipupa Local government before the administration of the then governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo state rebuilt the market in 2009. A larger percentage of the roads in the town were constructed by the administration of Olusegun Kokumo Agagu when he was governor of Ondo state.

Major industries located in the town include the Okitipupa Oil Palm Plc and Oluwa Glass Factory (both of which were listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange). Palm-oil and rubber plantations litter the landscape.

It has an area of 803 km² and a population of 233,565 as at 2006 census. Notable people:

The postal code of the area is 350.[1]


  1. ^ "Post Offices- with map of LGA". NIPOST. Archived from the original on October 7, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-20.

Coordinates: 6°30′15″N 4°46′46″E / 6.50417°N 4.77944°E / 6.50417; 4.77944