Osun State

Created on August 27, 1991, Osun state covers a total area of 9,251 km2 (3,572 sq mi) and has a total population of 3,416,959 as at the 2006 census. With an average population density of 240/km2 (620/sq mi) and a total GDP (2010) of $7,280 Million, at $2,076 Per Capita.

Osun State, known as the state of the living spring occupies a land mass of approximately 8,602 square kilometres carved out of the old Oyo State. The state is bounded on the west by Oyo State, Ondo and Ekiti States in the east, Kwara State in the north and Ogun State in the south. Agriculture is the traditional occupation of the people of the state. The main cash crops are cocoa, palm produce while food crops include yam, maize, cassava, millet, plantain and rice. Osun State apart from being rich in agricultural products is also endowed with a number of mineral resources such as gold, clay, limestone and granite.

The state is a repository of Yoruba culture. Ile-Ife, known to be the cradle of the Yoruba race is a very attractive tourist centre. It has the renowned Oranmiyan Staff, the Ife Museum, the Osun shrine and the Olumirin waterfalls at Erin Ijesha.

Major Towns:

  • Ajaokuta Ile-Ife
  • Oshogbo
  • Iwo
  • Ejigbo
  • Ilesha

State Governor

Osun state governor

Engineer Rauf Aregbesola (born 25 May 1957) is a Nigerian politician who assumed office as governor of Osun state, 26 November 2010. Governor Rauf Aregbesola also won the election in August 2014 to continue in office for a second term.