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Ogun State is a state in southwestern Nigeria. Created in 1976, it borders Lagos State to the south, Oyo and Osun states to the north, Ondo to the east and the Republic of Benin to the west. Abeokuta is the capital and largest city in the state. The state's nickname is "Gateway to Nigeria". It was created in February 1976 from the former Western State. The 2006 census recorded a total population of 3,751,140 residents.
|Nickname(s): Gateway State|
Location of Ogun State in Nigeria
|Date created||3 February 1976|
|• Governor||Ibikunle Amosun (APC)|
|• Deputy Governor||Yetunde Onanuga|
|• Legislature||Ogun State House of Assembly|
|• Total||16,980.55 km2 (6,556.23 sq mi)|
|Area rank||24th of 36|
|Population (2006 census)|
|• Rank||16 of 36|
|• Density||220/km2 (570/sq mi)|
|• Total||$10.47 billion|
|• Per capita||$2,740|
|Time zone||WAT (UTC+01)|
|ISO 3166 code||NG-OG|
Other cities and towns in the Ogun State are Ijebu Ode, Ijebu Imusin, Sagamu, Ijebu Igbo, Ogere Remo, Iperu, Ilisan Remo, Ikenne, Ilaro, Ayetoro, Agbado, Akute and Ota. The state is notable for having a high concentration of industrial estates and being a major manufacturing hub in Nigeria. Major factories in Ogun include: Dangote Cement factory in Ibese, Nestle, Lafarge Cement factory in Ewekoro and Coleman Cables in Sagamu and Arepo, Procter & Gamble in Agbara, amongst others.
Local government areasEdit
Ogun State consists of twenty local government areas. They are:
Ogun state has three federal secondary schools; Federal Government Girls' College, Sagamu and Federal Government College, Odogbolu and Federal Science and Technical College, Ijebu-Imushin.
Ogun has one Federal University, the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) and one Federal college of education, FCE Osiele (both at Odeda Local government area), one state government college of education, named after the late Nigerian educationist of international repute Augustus Taiwo Solarin in 1994 as Tai Solarin College of Education (TASCE), (formerly known as Ogun State College of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu-Ode, one Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, one state government polythechnic named after late Nigerian business mogul and winner of June 12, 1993 election, Basorun Moshood Kasimawo Olawale Abiola as Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), formerly known as Ogun State Polythechnic, Ojere, 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. Amongst others are Bells University of Technology in Ota, Covenant University and 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. The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Permanent Orientation Camp is located at Sagamu Local Government area of the state.
Notable people from Ogun StateEdit
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- Abraham Adesanya
- Adebayo Adedeji
- Adebayo Ogunlesi
- Adegboyega Dosunmu Amororo II
- Adeoye Lambo
- Adewale Oke Adekola
- Afolabi Olabimtan
- Bisi Onasanya
- Bola Ajibola
- Chief Olu Oyesanya
- Cornelius Taiwo
- Ebenezer Obey
- Fela Anikulapo Kuti
- Fola Adeola[dubious ]
- Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti
- Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo
- Idowu Sofola
- Jubril Martins-Kuye
- Kehinde Sofola
- Kemi Adeosun
- Kuforiji Olubi
- Mike Adenuga
- MKO Abiola
- Oba Otudeko
- Obafemi Awolowo
- Ola Rotimi
- Olawunmi Banjo
- Olusegun Obasanjo
- Otunba Gbenga Daniel
- Oladipo Diya
- Peter Akinola
- Salawa Abeni
- Tunde Bakare
- Tai Solarin
- Wole Soyinka
- Yemi Osinbajo
Tertiary institutions in Ogun StateEdit
- Adetokunbo University, Sagamu
- Babcock University, Ilisan Remo
- Bells University of Technology, Ota
- Covenant University, Ota 
- Crawford University, Igbesa
- Crescent University, Abeokuta
- DS Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic, Itori-Ewekoro, Ogun State, Nigeria.  Formerly Gateway Polytechnic.
- Federal College of Education, Osiele
- The Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro
- Gateway Industrial and Petro-Gas Institute, Oni Waterside.
- McPherson University, Seriki-Sotayo 
- Moshood Abiola Polythechnic (MAPOLY) Abeokuta
- Mountain Top University, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria
- Ogun State College of Health Technology, Ilese, Ijebu Ode
- Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye
- Rainbow College, Lagos
- Redeemer's University (RUN), Redemption Camp of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Mowe
- Royal Le Hope International School, Ogun
- Tai Solarin College of Education (TASCE), Omu, Ijebu Ode
- Tai Solarin University of Education
- Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
- ((Allover Central Polytechnic Ota
Notable religious places in Ogun StateEdit
- The Church of the Lord (Aladura), Ogere Remo
- Islamic Mission for Africa, Abeokuta
- Ahmadiyya Missionary Training Centre, Ilaro
- St Peter's Cathedral, Ake, Abeokuta
- Ijebu-Ode Central Mosque, Ijebu-Ode
- Celestial Church of Christ (CCC) World-wide Camp, Imeko
- United Spiritual Church Nigeria, Oke-Eri Abeokuta
- Christ Love Evangelical Ministries(CLEM) Ibadan Road, Ijebu-Ode
- Diadem Christian Church International, Ijebu Ode
- The Redemption Camp of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, along Lagos-Ibadan Exp. Way, Mowe
- Faith Tabernacle aka Winners Chapel, Canaanland, Ota
- Prayer City of Mountain of Fire & Miracle Ministry, along Lagos-Ibadan Exp. Way
- Deeper Life Conference Center (DLCC), along Lagos-Ibadan Exp. Way
- Faith City (Apostolic Faith Church) along Atan-Agbara road, Igbesa, Ogun State
- Chief Oyeneye Olusesan House in Oluwo Onikolobo, Abeokuta
- Bilikisu Sungbo Shrine, Oke-Eiri, near Ijebu-Ode, declared a national Heritage since 1964,was the burial place of the acclaimed (Sungbo Eredo and Its Ecotourism Values: Sonubi O K (2009)Queen Sheba, a gathering of faithfuls during major Muslim and Christian festivals
- St. John's African church Arigbajo
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Kuto Abeokuta
- Allahu Muheeb Islamic Foundation Quarry Abeokuta
- Allahu Galeeb Soiety of Nigeria ( AGSON) Oluwo Abeokuta
- Holiness C&S Church Oke-Ajaye, Quarry Road, Abeokuta
- Seventh-day Adventist Church headquarters, Oke-Ijeun, Abeokuta
- Nasrul-il-Fatih Society of Nigeria Prayer City, Mowe, (Lagos-Ibadan Exp. Way) Ogun State
- KingsWord International Church, Ojere, Abeokuta.
- Ss.Peter and Paul Catholic Cathedral Itesi, Adatan, Abeokuta..
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The Ake Festival of Arts and Books takes place in Abeokuta every November.
Ojude Oba Festival takes place in Ijebu Ode, three days after Eid kabir.
Yewa Festival held every two years in Yewa land. Oronna Festival takes place in Ilaro-Yewa every November.
Ita Oba day, celebration at OTA palace square,a day after il-dlikabir sallah.
Lafose Day, celebration at ODE REMO every first Saturday in August.
Ishanbi Day, celebration at Ilishan every first Saturday in October.
- Ofada rice – Grown almost exclusively in Ogun State
- List of Governors of Ogun State
- List of Ogun State local government areas by population
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