Ondo City

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Ondo
Ode Ondo
City
Yaba Street, Ondo
Yaba Street, Ondo
Nickname(s): Ekimogun
Ondo is located in Nigeria
Ondo
Ondo
Ondo shown within Nigeria
Coordinates: 7°05′20″N 4°47′57″E / 7.088923°N 4.7990935°E / 7.088923; 4.7990935
Country Flag of Nigeria.svg Nigeria
State Ondo State
Local Government Ondo West LGA, Ondo EastLGA
Government
 • Executive Governor Olusegun Mimiko
Population
 • Total 275,917 (est)
 • Ethnicities Ondo
 • Religions Christianity, African Traditional Religions Muslim
Website

Ondo City is the second largest city in Ondo State, Nigeria. It has a population of 364,960. [1] Local industries include food processing and wood processing firm cocoa manufacture. There is also a cultivation, harvest and processing of plantain

Ondo City is primarily inhabited by the Yoruba. Ondo has two stadiums a 5,000 capacity stadium in Adeyemi College of Education and Ondo City Stadium which is 10,000 capacity stadium and a division two football professional team which Rising Stars F.C. and The Works Football club. Companies in Ondo include Premier Metal Industry, John Holt ,Nigerian Romanian wood industry,stanmark cocoa processing company now Cadbury Nigeria plc,ondo,Kiranil Nigeria Limited,Sunshine Cassava Processing Company and wood industry,China Railway Construction Corporation Limited CRCC, Nigerian Concrete Industry etc. Popular festivals celebrated in Ondo include Odunbami, Ogun festivals and Ekinmogun day.

Ondo City is the trade center for the surrounding region. Yams, cassava, grain, and tobacco are grown, and cotton is also grown and used to weave cloth called Aso Oke fabric. It is also the largest producer of cocoa products in the region. [2]

The title of the king of the town, who reigns as a direct descendant of the fabled Emperor Oduduwa, is Osemawe. The serving incumbent is Dr. Victor Kiladejo, who was selected in September 2006 following the death of the former king, Dr. Festus Ibidapo Adesanoye. [3]

Education Institutions[edit]

[4] this are few out of over two hundred public and private schools in the city.

Medical Village[edit]

The Medical Village comprises of a 100-bed Mother and Child Hospital, Gani Fawehinmi Diagnostic Centre, Trauma hospital, kidney Hospital, Call Centre, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Hospital, Heliport, staff quarters, staff school, shopping mall, and sports centre.

  • Trauma and Surgical Hospital the hospital is an all-purpose trauma care facility and special surgery centre, the first of its kind in Nigeria. The hospital recently got accreditation for post graduate residency training by West African College of Surgeons WACS and National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria NPMCN.
  • Mother and Child Hospital the need for a well structured and functional 2-way referral system from the basic and comprehensive health facilities led to the construction of the 100 bed facility Mother and Child Hospital (MCHA). This uncommon facilities put on ground has reduced child and maternal mortality by 50%. Goal To bring free qualitative and effective health care to women and children where they live work and play Develop sustainable equity-based health care to women and children where they live, work and play. The World Health Organisation has chosen the hospitals as research centres for child and maternal health care delivery and also as affiliated institution by two American Universities.
  • Gani Fawehinmi Diagnostics Center a state-of-the-art Diagnostic Centre with modern equipment and facilities, Computerised Tomographic Scan (CT Scan), Sonography station/color, Doppler, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Digital X-ray, MRI System Room, Mammography, Pathology, Video Conferencing Auditorium stations, Telemedicine and VIP lounge. The Center is in conjunction with MeCure India Healthcare Limited.
  • Kidney Dialysis Hospital a State-of-the art kidney care centre with 15 kidney dialysis machines and complete team of medical personnel.
  • Cardiac Intervention Centre
  • Radiotherapy and Cancer institute
  • Ondo State Specialist Hospital Ondo is a all purpose general hospital located right in heart of the city.aside the listed health institutions there are various public and private hospitals and maternity centres across the city.

Tourism and Hospitality[edit]

There are investment opportunities in the tourism sector within Ondo and in nearby towns. Idanre and Oke Igbo are just one of these towns, a favorite destination for domestic and international tourists. It is just less than 30 minutes away from Ondo by car. Hotels and event centres abound in the city of Ondo. Of note is the Polak International Hotels, Afinju Hotel Resort and Suites, Level 2 Lounge, Faith Hall and Hotels, Esporta Suites and Hotels, leisure Spring Hotels, Sunny Sky, Adesuper Hotels and Cinema, Akiavic Blue Roof Hotels, Oba Adesanoye Civic Centre,Adoc,Bimoor event centre among others.


Notable Natives and Residents[edit]

"Yahooze" won the Nigeria Entertainment Awards in 2008 for Hottest Single of the Year.[8] In 2008, he performed "Yahooze" at the Royal Albert Hall, London and brought on stage Colin Powell, the former United States Secretary of State.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The World Gazettrer". Archived from the original on 2013-02-09. Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  2. ^ "Encyclopædia Britannica". Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  3. ^ "Ondo Kingmakers Pick Medical Doctor As Osemawe-Elect". Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  4. ^ "AfricaAlmanac.com". Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  5. ^ Wiltz, Teresa (October 21, 2007). "The Great Rap Hope". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 25, 2009. 
  6. ^ Gini Gorlinski, The 100 Most Influential Musicians of All Time ISBN 978-1-61530-006-8, Publisher: Rosen Education Service (January 2010)
  7. ^ Corliss, Richard (18 April 2013). "The 2013 Time 100: Omotola Jalade Ekeinde". TIME 100 (London). Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Sex is like breathing - Olu Maintain - Vanguard News". Vanguard News. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Save the last dance". The Punch - Nigeria's Most Widely Read Newspaper. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "Frederick Isiotan Fasehun at 77". ThisDay Live. September 23, 2012. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  11. ^ Godfrey Oboabona profile at Soccerway