1 of 36 Nigerian States
The Sunshine State

Year of Creation

February 3, 1976

Size of State

14,606 sq km

Capital City


Other Major Town(s)

Owo, Ondo, Akoko and Odigba

Major Ethnic Group(s)


 Language(s) Spoken

Izon and Yoruba


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

State Website

  • Ondo has the largest number of public schools in Nigeria – over 880 primary schools and 190 secondary schools.
  • Ondo is one of the oil producing states in Nigeria, it has the 2nd largest bitumen deposits in the world. Also, it has one of the largest natural gas deposits in the world.
  • Ondo State shares its borders with 6 states; Ogun, Osun and Ekiti (which was entirely carved out of ondo). On the west side is Delta and Edo to the east, Kogi to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the south.
  • Natural Resources: Granite, marble, gold, gemstone, clay, diorite, and lignite

Cave Of Ashes

A  few  kilometers north of Isharun, is the ancient Cave of Ashes where the skeleton of the oldest pre-historic man was excavated in 1016 by Professor Thurstan Shaw, an archeologist from the University of Ibadan. Parts of the skeleton of the man of Cave of Ashes are kept at the University of Ibadan and Owo Museum of Antiquities while a cast of the skull is in the British Museum of Natural History in South Kensington, United Kingdom. Also found at the Cave of Ashes were fragments of pots and grinding stone dated back to 1,000 BC.

Ebomi Lake

The word Ebomi is an adulteration of a Yoruba word ‘Abami’ which means mysterious. The lake, according to the villagers, has spiritual and guiding power for protecting the villagers during wars. The stories state that the lake has unseen soldiers that fight wars for Ipesi people. The lake’s deities give the villagers different gifts like fish, children and fowl.  There is a special priest for the lake, charged with the responsibility of appeasing it in time of trouble and for general protection of the town.

Idanre Hills

Towering into the sky and shimmering in the morning sun, these historic hills make for a beautiful tourist attraction. Climbing up six hundred step of one of these hills is a must before tourists can truly appreciate their vast beauty.

  • The Ipole-Iloro Waterfalls
  • The Oke Maria at Oka-Akoko
  • The Aiyetoro Community Island