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Brief History of Osun State

Osun was created in August 27, 1991 from part of the old Oyo State . The state’s name is derived from the River Osun , the venerated natural spring that is, the manifestation of the Yoruba goddess of the same name.

Osun is an inland state in south-western Nigeria. Its capital is Osogbo. It is bounded in the north by Kwara State, in the east partly by Ekiti State and partly by Ondo State, in the south by Ogun State and in the west by Oyo State. According to 2006 census, Osun state has the total population of 3,416,959.

Osun State is divided into three federal senatorial districts, each of which composed of two administrative zones. The state capital consists of thirty (30) Local Government Area, the primary (third-tier) unit of government in Nigeria.

Religion in Osun State

Osun has a large population of both Muslims and Christians. Among the famous religious leaders from Osun State is the London-based Muslim cleric Sheikh Dr. Abu-Abdullah Adelabu, who hailed from the state’s capital city, Osogbo and Pastor (Dr.) Johnson Ade Odewale of Christ Apostolic church, Calvary Assembly from Odeomu, who is based in Boston, USA. The popular pastor E.A Adeboye hails from Ifewara in Osun state. The Osun State government claims to offer services to both Muslims and Christians in the state.

The major traditional rulers in Osun State acclaim either the Faith of Islam or Christianity, for instance, Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II) and Owa Obokun Adimula of Ijesaland Oba Gabriel Adekunle (Aromolaran II) ascribe to Christianity, while Orangun of (Ile) Ila-Orangun Oba Wahab Kayode Adedeji Oyedotun (Arutu-Oluokun Bibiire I) , Ataoja of Osogbo Oba Jimoh Olaonipekun Oyetunji (Larooye II) e.t.c practice Islam.

Institutions in Osun State

Osun state has one federal university: Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile- ife, (formerly called The University of Ife founded in 1962 and was subsequently renamed Obafemi Awolowo University in 1987), one state university: Osun State University, and six private universities: Adeleke University, Osogbo, Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji, Oduduwa University, Ile-ife. Osun state has a total of 8 universities (both public and private), five polytechnics and five colleges of education.

Natural Resources in the State

Osun state is a domain of intellectuals that harbours human, capital and natural resources- the habitat home of the rich, wealthy and prominent; the natural environment for animals, plants and other organisms; and a blessed large deposit of natural resources of oil, Granite, Columbite e.t.c.

Mineral resources in the state includes Gikd, Talc, Tourmaline, Columbite, Granite. It also has many agricultural resources.

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Business Opportunities in the State

Agribusiness is one of the primary business of the people of Osun State. There are very fertile grounds that can produce good crops that could possibly yield profits. Transportation business is also one of the business opportunity in this state that is really welcome by the society.

Other investment opportunities include: light manufacturing, healthcare, energy, mining, tourism.


Places to visit in this state: Olumirin waterfall, Erin- ijesha, Oranmiyan staff, Ile- ife, Ife museum, Enuwa square Ile- ife, Ooni’s palace, Enuwa Ile-ife, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile- ife. Other places include: Osogbo Arts and Metal works, Osun cultural festival (Osun river), Museum of Arts, Ile-ife, African Heritage Gallery, Okonfo Rao, Kawawa, Genesis Gallery, Osogbo.

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