Ekiti was an independent state prior to the British conquest. It was one of the many Yoruba states in what is today Nigeria. Ekiti State is a state in southwest Nigeria, created on October 1, 1996 alongside five other new states by military dictator General Sani Abacha. The state, created out of the territory of Ondo State, covered the former twelve local government areas that made up the Ekiti Zone of old Ondo State; however, on creation, it took off with sixteen (16) Local Government Areas (LGAs), having had an additional four carved out of the old ones. Ekiti State is one of the thiryt-six states (including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja) that constitute Nigeria.
The Ekiti, whose ancestors migrated from Ile-Ife as a people, form one of the largest ethnic groups in Yorubaland. Ekitis are culturally homogeneous and they speak a dialect of Yoruba language known as Ekiti. The homogeneous nature of Ekiti confers on the state some uniqueness among the states of the federation. Slight differences are noticeable in the Ekiti dialects of the Yoruba language spoken by the border communities to other states. For example, the people of Ado local government area do not speak exactly the same dialect with the people of Ijero Local government area, while the people of Ikole area speak something different from the people of Ikere area. The communities influenced by their locations include Otun (Moba land) that speaks a dialect close to the one spoken by the Igbominas in Kwara State. The people of Oke-Ako, Irele, Omuo speak a similar dialect to that of Ijesas of Osun State. However, part of the uniqueness of the Ekitis is that wherever is your own part of the state, you will understand well, when the other Ekiti man/woman speaks, in spite of the dialectal variations. In addition, all towns in Ekiti State take a common suffix, "Ekiti," after their names.
Abiodun Abayomi Oyebanji (Listen), (born 21 December 1967) is a Nigerian politician who has served as governor of Ekiti State since 2022. He is a former Secretary to the Ekiti State Government and a former Chief of Staff. He was elected governor during the 2022 Ekiti State gubernatorial election,
In 1989, Oyebanji obtained a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) degree in Political Science from the Ondo State University (now Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti), and proceeded to the University of Ibadan, Oyo State in 1992 where he bagged his masters’ Degree (M.Sc) in Political Science.
Oyebanji has at various points served in public service through appointments or as a member of committees. In 1994, Oyebanji was appointed the Secretary of the committee set up for the creation of Ekiti State, headed by Baba Deji Falegan. He was also the Secretary of the Ekiti State Development Fund at one point. When Nigeria reverted to democracy in 1999, at 32 years old, he was named as one of the top advisers to Otunba Niyi Adebayo, the state's first democratically elected governor. Oyebanji ascended through the ranks to become the state governor's Chief of Staff in 2003.
In 2009, he was appointed as the chairman of the governing board, Citizenship and Leadership Training centre under the federal ministry of youth and sports development (June 2009 – December 2010). In 2010, Oyebanji was appointed the commissioner for integration and inter-governmental affairs and later Ekiti’s office of transformation strategy and delivery (OTSD) a year later by the administration of Kayode Fayemi. In 2018, Oyebanji was appointed secretary to the state government (SSG) by Kayode Fayemi, after being reelected for a second term as Governor of Ekiti State.
Ekiti state government house
This is the permanent administrative office of the Edo State Government. Here, all state agencies and parastatals are quartered. As such, this is one of the most important places in the state. The Ekiti State government house serves as the Official home to the state governor or chief state executive of the state and their families. It is the official venue for events such as the state's executive council meetings, government conferences, swearing in of cabinet members and of course the Governor's official business. It can also be used as receptions and functions hosted by individuals; some arms of the state government also have offices at the state government house.
The main occupation of indigenes of Ekiti is agriculture and it currently serves as a major source of income for most of the citizens of the state. The agricultural products produced include cocoa, cassava, maize, oil palm, kolanut, plantain, bananas, cashew, citrus, timber, rice, yam, and cowpea.
- Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria
- Gbonyin, Nigeria
- Efon, Nigeria
- Ekiti East, Nigeria
- Ekiti South-West, Nigeria
- Ekiti West, Nigeria
- Emure, Nigeria
- Ido-Osi, Nigeria
- Ijero, Nigeria
- Ikere, Nigeria
- Ikole, Nigeria
- Ilejemeje, Nigeria
- Irepodun/Ifelodun, Nigeria
- Ise/Orun, Nigeria
- Moba, Nigeria
- Oye, Nigeria
- Completion of Ekiti State Civic Canter, Ado-Ekiti
- Completion of Ekiti State Governor’s Lodge, Ikeja Lagos State
- Ekiti State City and City Watch project (Ado-Ekiti and border location)
- Rehablilitation of Ero/Egbe Dams and piping of Water from Ero Dam to Ado -Ekiti
- Completion of Oba Adejugbe Hospital, Ado-Ekiti
- Completion of construction of Oja Oba Market, Ado-Ekiti
- Purchase and installation of 1000KVA Electricity Generator for Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti.
- Construction of New Office Complex Building at Public Works Corporation (PWC), Ekitikeke Compound, Ado-Ekiti
- Construction of 2-lane dual carriage Ado-lyin road (Length=7km 4-lane road; Ave Width= 8.8m/lane)
Ikogosi Warm Spring
Ikogosi Warm Springs is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ekiti. The fact that it is a confluence of hot spring and cold spring makes it irresistible.
Renowned for its cultural significance, Ikogosi Warm Spring is situated in a forest that extends over a hilly landscape.
Fajuyi Memorial Park
Fajuyi Memorial Park was named after late Adekunle Fajuyi, a former military governor of Ekiti state.
The park is a serene tourist destination that has a fountain, children’s playground, mini museum, tower, restaurant, drink bar, among others.
The Erin Ayonigba Fish River
The Erin Ayonigba Fish River, popularly called the sacred river, is filled with fishes that can never be killed or eaten. Killing the fishes is forbidden, and it is said that whoever manages to kill any of the fish would die in poverty.
It is believed that any fish taken the river will never get cooked no matter how long it is on the fire. If you are passionate about tourism, this is a must-see for you.
Esa Cave, Iyin Ekiti
Asides from being a great site to explore rich Yoruba history, it is believed to have served as a refuge place for the people of the town during the ancient wars in Yorubaland. Esa Cave is located in Iyin-Ekiti in Irepodun/Ifelodun, about three kilometers away from Ado-Ekiti, capital of the state.
The original owners of the cave are the Ijoro family of Okesale area of Iyin Ekiti.
Olosunta and Orole Hills of Ikere Ekiti
If you ever get confused on selecting the perfect location for sightseeing in Ekiti, mountain climbing, and picnics, Orele Hills has you covered. Located in Ikere Ekiti, the steep-sided hill is a good resort centre for tourists.
The Orele deities are credited with the provision of children to barren women and protection of Ikere from warfare. They are also said to be responsible for the welfare of the town. Ikere Ekiti is said to be the only unconquered town in Ekiti during the ancient inter-tribal wars.
Land of honour and integrity
Capital: Ado – Ekiti
Hon Abiodun Abayomi Oyebanji
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