Yaba Street, Ondo
|Local government||Ondo West LGA, Ondo EastLGA|
|• Executive Governor||Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu|
|• Religions||Christianity, traditional African religions, Islam|
Ondo City is the trade center for the surrounding region. Yams, cassava, grain, and tobacco are grown. Cotton is also grown, and is used to weave cloth called Aso Oke fabric. Ondo City is the largest producer of cocoa products in the region.
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.
- Ondo State University of Medical Sciences is a university of medical sciences owned by the Ondo State Government, established in 2015. It is the third specialized university in Africa, and Nigeria's first specialized medical university to be accredited by the National Universities Commission.
- Wesley University of Science and Technology is a private university owned by the Methodist Church of Nigeria.
- Adeyemi College of Education is a federal government higher education institution located in Ondo City, Ondo State, Nigeria. It is a degree-awarding university affiliated to Obafemi Awolowo University, and is ranked as the best college of education.
- TechVille, also known as Technology Village, is a public-private partnership/technology initiative between the Ondo State government and MIDATCO Ventures Limited (an affiliate of the US-based MIDATCO LLC). The city, which will eventually sit on 300 hectares, is a technology park that incorporates the best of 21st-century style residential, commercial, hospitality, educational, health and recreational facilities. TechVille (Ondo) is the pioneer execution of the TechVille concept in Africa. Upon completion, TechVille (Ondo) will be the largest sustainable clean energy community in development in Africa.
- John Bosco Institute of Technology, Ondo City
- NIEPA, Ondo, Nigeria: The National Institute for Education Planning and Administration (NIEPA), Nigeria, conceived by the Federal Ministry of Education, in collaboration with UNESCO -HEP Paris, is a sub-regional staff college.
- Popular secondary schools include Ondo Boys High School, St. Joseph's College, Ondo Grammar School, St. Helen's Unity Girls' secondary School, St. Louis Catholic School, St. Monica's Grammar School, Hallmark Secondary School, Adeyemi College of Education, and Demonstration Secondary School. The Ondo Boys' High School, founded in 1919, is one of Africa's 50 oldest schools. These are a few out of over two hundred public and private schools in the city.
Notable natives and residents
- King Sunny Adé, also known as king of juju; Nigerian musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and a pioneer of modern world music; been classed as one of the most influential musicians of all time
- Reverend Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi (1909–1980), founder of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), while pastor Enoch Adeboye take over as General Overseer
- Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (born 1967), British actor and former fashion model; born in Islington, London to Nigerian parents of Yoruba, Ondo City origin; he is fluent in several languages including Yoruba, Italian, and Swahili
- Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy MBE (born 1952), royal portrait painter; born in Ondo City; in 2001 she painted the official portrait of Queen Elizabeth II for her Golden Jubilee
- Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, actress, singer, philanthropist and former model of Ondo City descent from Lagos; since her Nollywood film debut in 1995, she was honoured in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world alongside Michelle Obama, Beyoncé and Kate Middleton
- Frederick Fasehun (born 1938), medical doctor, hotel owner, and leader of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC); born in Ondo City
- Gani Fawehinmi, SAN, activist and philanthropist
- Olu Maintain, born Olumide Edwards Adegbolu; rose to prominence in 2007 with the release of the hit song "Yahooze" from his debut studio album Yahooze, the song won the Nigeria Entertainment Award in 2008 for Hottest Single of the Year; in 2008, he performed "Yahooze" at the Royal Albert Hall, London and brought on stage Colin Powell, the former United States Secretary of State
- Olusegun Mimiko, Governor of Ondo State; former Nigerian minister of housing and urban development
- Godfrey Oboabona (born 1990), international footballer who plays for Turkish club Çaykur Rizespor, as a defender; born in Ondo
- Ifedayo Oladapo, OON, NNOM (1932-2010), academic and professor of civil engineering at the University of Lagos
- Victor Oladokun, a creative force behind several cutting-edge TV programs; has presented hundreds of episodes of leading international news and magazine programs such as CBN World News and Turning Point International; CEO of 3D Global Leadership
- Archbishop Timothy Olufosoye (c. 1907/1912-1992) was the first African Primate of the Church of Nigeria
- Wale (born 1984), American rapper of Maybach Music Group; born Olubowale Victor Akintimehin in Northwest, Washington, D.C.; his parents are of the Yoruba Ondo City ethnic group of south-western Nigeria and came to the US from Austria in 1979
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