1 of 36 Nigerian States
State of Harmony

Year of Creation

May 27, 1967

Size of State

37,700 sq km

Capital City


Other Major Town(s)

Offa, Oke-Ero, Ifelodun

Major Ethnic Group(s)

Yoruba, Nupe, and Baruba

 Language(s) Spoken

Egbira, Nupe and Yoruba


Tropical climate marked by two distinct seasons; the dry season (November – March) and the wet season (April – October)

State Website

  • Kwara is the local name for River Niger, thus where Kwara state gets its name.
  • It was one of the first 12 states created.
  • It shares an international border with Benin Republic on west.
  • Portions of the old Kwara state were given to Kogi, Benue and Niger states.
  • Natural Resources: cotton, cocoa, coffee, kolanuts, tobacco leaves, beni seed and palm produce.

Esie Museum of Stone Figures, Esie

This is the first museum in Nigeria which was officially opened in 1945. The museum houses thousands of unique stone images which were found in 1775. Several myths surround the origin of the Esie stone images while the ages of the stones have not been determined.

Pategi Beach

Pategi is located along River Niger and has a large stretch of sandy beach currently used by local fishermen. The Regatta Pavilion and Regatta Complex were recently constructed rendering Pategi Beach a potential for great holiday resorts.

Kanji Lake National Park

This park was established in 1979 and incorporates the Borgu Game Reserve and Zugurma Game Reserve. The Kainji National Park also contains the Kanji Dam, an artificial lake which covers the town of Old Bussa. Tours of the dam are available on request from the Nigeria Electric Power Authority. Boat trips on the lake can be arranged by the Borgu Game Reserve office at Wawa. The park is usually open from December to June, with the best time to visit towards the end of the dry season, when the grass has dried out and the animals move closer to the water.

Owu Falls, OwaKajola

Owu Falls is the highest and one of the most spectacular natural waterfalls in West Africa. It cascades from a high height of about 120 meters and has been described as “wonder in the wilderness.” A visit to the site offers an everlasting experience.

Imoleboja Rock Shelter, Odo-Owa

The numerous chambers within this massive rock include a main hall spacious enough to accommodate more than 50 persons. The rock shelter served as a safety hide-out during wars and even as a traditional hide-out for maidens who became pregnant out of wedlock.

Shiya Town, Baruten Local Government Area

The main reason to visit this town is to procure a piece of pottery work made by a woman named Hajia Salga. She produces different sizes which could serve as souvenir and for decoration.

  • Mungo Park Monuments in Jebba and Okuta Ilorin.
  • Wreckage of Mungo Park Boat
  • Owe Kajita Waterfalls