Ondo State was created on February 3rd, 1976 from the former Western State. It originally included what is now Ekiti State, which was carved out in 1996. Akure is the state capital. The state contains 18 Local Government Areas, the major ones being Akoko, Akure, Okitipupa, Ondo, and Owo. The majority of the state’s citizens live in urban centres.
The higher institutions in the state include the Federal University of Technology Akure, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, and Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo.
The Ondo people are lovers of arts, music and literature. The art and craft of the state are dependent on the products of its luxuriant vegetation for raw materials such as wood, bamboo, calabash carvings etc. The ivory carving, bronze and brass work and wood carving from Owo is basically Yoruba; and sculptures excavated at Egberin Street in the town in 1971 showed the naturalistic art of classical life.
The ethnic composition of Ondo State is largely from the Yoruba subgroups of the Akoko, Akure, Ikale, Ilaje, Ondo, and Owo. Ijaw minority (such as Apoi and Arogbo) populations inhabit the coastal areas; while a sizeable number of the Ondo State people who speak a variant of the Yoruba language similar to Ife dialect reside in Oke-Igbo. These people are also Yorubas.
Ondo State has the largest number of public schools in Nigeria with over 880 primary schools and 190 secondary schools.
Ondo State Official Website | Sunshine State
Source: Wikipedia & State Website