Ogun State is a state in South-western Nigeria. It borders Lagos State to the South, Oyo and Osun states to the North, Ondo State to the east and the republic of Benin to the west. Abeokuta is the capital and largest city in the state.
Ogun has one federal university: the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta; and two state government universities: Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye (formerly known as Ogun State University) and the Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) Ijebu Ode. Ogun State has a total of nine registered universities, the highest of any state in Nigeria. It has five private universities, including Babcock University in Ilisan-Remo, which was the first private university in the country. The state has two major government hospitals: the Federal Medical Center at Abeokuta, and the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu.
Other cities and towns in the Ogun State are Ijebu Ode, Sagamu, Ijebu Igbo, Ilaro Ayetoro and Ota.
The State Anthem
Ise ya Ise ya omo Ogun ise ya eledumare ise ma ya o e ise ya
Omo rere kii sa seOmo Ogun kii so le
E bere gberu o, olorun n be fun wa e tera mo se o
Ise ya Omo Ogun Ise ya.
The state's nickname is "Gateway to Nigeria". It was created in February 1976 from the former Western State. The 1991 census recorded a total population of 2,338,570 residents. The state governor is Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
Famous native sons and daughters
Abeokuta is the birthplace of Laja Famuyiwa, the former president of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo, who also has a large farm in Ota. The immediate past Anglican Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Peter Akinola, is also a native of Abeokuta. the MD of jamlabstelcoms plc (Afolabi Olawale)
Ogun State has produced many of the most important Yoruba leaders, politicians, business leaders and musicians in Nigeria, including Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Chief MKO Abiola, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Chief Ernest Shonekan, General Oladipo Diya, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Iyalode J A Aromire, Dr. Gbolabo Oyede, Sir G.O Adenuga-Taiwo, Chief Peter Olakeinde Sogbesan, Chief Kuforiji Olubi, Prof Ola Rotimi, Prof Olikoye Ransome Kuti, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Prof. Wole Soyinka, Prof Onabamiro, Dr. Tai Solarin, Dr Efunbo Dosekun, Otunba Subomi Balogun, Chief Oba Otudeko, Chief Mike Adenuga,prof.Ogunlesi [first professor of medicine in Nigeria], Chief Olu Oyesanya, founder of the Nigerian Union of Journalists and Chief Gabriel Yemi Adetayo. Chief Chris Ogunbanjo, an industrialist, corporate lawyer and philanthropist.Chief Bayo Kuku the current Ogbeni Oja of Ijebu land,Dr Sonny Kuku OFR, Late Chief Timothy Odutuyo Kuti (Abusi Edumare as he was fondly called) former school principal, industrialist, a businessman, philanthropist the founder of Abusi Edumare Academy Ijebu Igbo(acknowledged to have groomed business, religions and political leaders) Prince Micheal Oyedele an industrialist, chief Adegunle soetan (Aro of Egbaland), Iyalode jojolola soetan (2nd Iyalode of Egbaland). Sunday Adelaja, the founder and pastor of the Embassy of God Charismatic church in Kiev, Ukraine was also born in Ogun State, Prof. Oluyemi Adeola Banjoko, Special Adviser to The American president and the British prime minister on African matters (Manchester, U.K). Prof. Adebayo Adedeji, CFR, Former Executive Secretary of Economic Community for Africa and Founding Executive Director of African Centre for Development and Strategic Studies (ACDESS), Ijebu-Ode Engr. Babatunde Odufuwa (of Oke-Aye in Ijebu North East Local Government, Off Senbora), Chairman of Lagos City Polytechnic, Ikeja and corporate giants like Afeez Ajibowu, the Nigeria Sales Director of the American Multinational SC Johnson, Ayo Komolafe, the Director,Membership services of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria and Kunle Adebiyi,Sales Director,Visafone Nigeria, Peter Olawale Odetayo, Artist - CEO Artwithinme Media Concept, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti (Afrobeat Creator, Music Legend, Political activist) Rtd Rear- Admiral Adebimpe Adewunmi (Nigerian Navy) among others
Yewa Ikenne Remo, a major town, is home to many prominent sons and daughters of Ogun State and has over the years evolved to become the political and intellectual 'mecca' of the state. With Chief Obafemi Awolowo's home and rich library resources open to the public and history researchers; Dr Tai Solarin's Mayflower School (acknowledged to have groomed business, religious and political leaders) and of course the annual Ereke Day festival attracting tourists from within and without the country.
Chief Obafemi Awolowo is revered as one of the founding fathers of Nigeria, along side Chief Nnamdi Azikiwe and Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello, the late Sardauna of Sokoto. He was Prime Minister of the Western Region from 1954 - 1959 after which he became the opposition leader in the Federal House of Representatives. He built the educational,political and business infrastructure upon which the Western States have built and thrived.
The State is also reputed to have produced the highest number of the Senior Advocates of Nigeria (called Queen's Counsels in England) in the annals of the legal profession since independence to date. The Senior Advocates of Nigeria included Late Chief Sowemimo, Chief Fatai Atanda Williams, Chief Obafemi Awolowo,Prince Bola Ajibola, Kehinde Sofola, Abayomi Sogbesan, Kehinde Onafowokan, Pa Abraham Adesanya. The living ones include Chief GOK Ajayi, Chief Olanihun Ajayi, Chief Idowu Sofola, Mr. Kayode Sofola and a host of others.
Universities in Ogun state
University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
Covenant University, Ota
Bell University of Technology, Ota
Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye
Redeemer's University (RUN), Redemption Camp of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Mowe
Babcock University, Ilisan Remo
Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu Ode
Crawford University, Igbesa
Adetokunbo University, Sagamu
Crescent University, Abeokuta
Mountain Top University, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria
Notable religious places in Ogun state
Celestial Church of Christ (CCC) World-wide Camp
The Redemption Camp of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, along Lagos-Ibadan Exp. Way, Mowe
Canaanland, Winners' Chapel, Ota
Prayer City of Mountain of Fire & Miracle Ministry, along Lagos-Ibadan Exp. Way
Deeper Life Congress Center (DLCC), along Lagos-Ibadan Exp. Way
African Centre for Development and Strategic Studies (ACDESS)