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is the capital of Osun State, Southwestern Nigeria. It is some 88
kilometers by road Northeast of Ibadan. It is also 100 kilometers by
road South of Ilorin and 115 kilometers Northwest of Akure.
is situated on Latitude 9.7°N and on Longitude 4.5°E. Osogbo city seats
the Headquarters of both Osogbo Local Government Area (Osogbo South)
and Olorunda Local Government Area (Osogbo North).
Based on the 1991 Census (provisional result) Osogbo has a population of about 280,000 people.
town with an annual rainfall of about 0.6 meters lies mainly in the
deciduous forest area which spreads towards the grassland belt of
Ikirun, north of Osogbo.
is situated on a raised land which is well over 500 meters (800 feet)
above the sea-level and is drained by the Osun River and its
tributaries. The climate is less humid although the effects of the
harmattan winds are strongly felt in the dry season.
the land is made up of Precambrian rocks, the so-called basement
complex from which the fairly fertile clayey loam of the surrounding
district is derived.
MAJOR OCCUPATION OF LOCALS
is the traditional and major occupation of the people of Osogbo. The
locals grow various food crops including yam, maize, vegetables, fruits
etc. Poultry farming and fish farming are also undertaken. They also
grow some cash crops like cocoa and kolanuts.
became a commercial town with the arrival of railway in 1907 which
brought the colonial government of then to the threshold of the town.
Osogbo is now a highly commercial town. The busiest and most commercial
parts of the town are Ayetoro area, Ajegunle area and the area along
and around the Station Road. The commercial activities, which are
enhanced by the provision of infra-structural facilities, include
trading in building materials, vehicles, cloths, plastic-wares and
from the above-mentioned major businesses, Osogbo people are famed for
their commercial activities in handmade, traditional woven cloth "Aso
Oke" and Batiks, same with cloth-dyeing, embroidery, pottery,
goldsmithing. In addition Osogbo people are renowned, worldwide, for
their unique creations of art works of different cadre; Painting,
Carving, Bead-works, Sacred artworks and even performing arts. Need to
say this ever-increasing fame in contemporary African arts has shot
Osogbo to a prominent spot in the world map -as far as Arts and
Antiques collections is concerned.
Other activities of locals in this great city include; bread baking, soap making and commercial trading of different scales.
had been made an industrial center by both the Federal Government and
Oyo State Government even before Osun State was created with Osogbo as
the State Capital. A number of big industries have been established in
Osogbo. They are the Nigeria Machine Tools, the Osogbo Steel Rolling
Company and the Industrial Development Center. Others include Wire and
Nails Industry, Printing Presses, Garment Industry, Sanitary Pad and
allied products and a Canning factory.
are many voluntary agencies and private individuals actively involved
in providing qualitative elementary and post-elementary education in
Osogbo. There are about a total of 30 Secondary / Post-elementary
Schools in Osogbo. Among these are; Osogbo Grammar School (which is the
oldest in Osun Division), Saint Charles' Grammar School and Fakunle
Comprehensive High School etc. There is also a Government Technical
College, a school of Nursing and Midwifery, a teaching hospital of the
jointly-owned (Osun state with Oyo State) Ladoke Akintola University
Teaching Hospital. Plans are underway to found a City University to
further complement the already existing higher institutions in the
neighboring cities and to satisfy the ever-increasing yearning of the
indigenous Osogbo people for a competitive and quality higher
from the State Hospital which also serve as a teaching hospital for the
Osun & Oyo states jointly owned Ladoke Akintola University in
Osogbo there are numerous private hospitals, clinics, dispensaries and
chemists shops, prominent among them are Fasina Memorial Hospital,
Oyawoye Hospital, Biket Hospital, Oroki Hospital and a handful chains of certified Pharmacies like the Boorepo Chemists, Oroki Chemists, Akinola Chemist etc.
KEY PUBLIC UTILITIES
is an important Railway Station. The establishment of the Railway
Station is perhaps the most important single factor in the tremendous
developments of Osogbo. Apart from the railway there are postal
services and telecommunication services. There are facilities for
quality potable water.
And on the national scale plans are being worked out to ensure an uninterrupted electricity supply nationwide.
city also has an Airdrome in which a long term plan is underway to
transform into a full fledge commercial airport for the use of people
willing to fly straight into Osogbo.
There are over thirty Banks of different banking interests and desiginations located
in Osogbo. These also play a big role in the financial life of the city
from simple individual mortgage to big real estate finance and small