Notes from Osun at 30, By Reuben Abati


I was in no doubt that Osun State has a lot to celebrate, not simply because it emerged as a State, but for its historical significance and enormous resources. Osun is the heartland of Yoruba history, the home of so many landmarks – Ile Ife, the cradle of Yoruba civilisation; Osogbo, a cultural epicentre and a global destination for tourism; Ilesa; Ede; Igbajo; Oke Ila; Ila Orangun; Iree – major theatres of war in Yorubaland, especially the Kiriji War (1877–1893), and home of iconic legends…

On Thursday, September 9, I participated in a Colloquium titled “Osun at 30: Celebrating a Milestone, Building a Prosperous Future”, which as the title indicates was a commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the creation of Osun State. On August 27, 1991, the Babangida administration created nine additional states: Abia, Delta, Enugu, Jigawa, Kebbi, Kogi, Osun, Taraba and Yobe, bringing the total number of states in Nigeria to 30. The states were carved out of existing states; Osun, for example, was part of the old Oyo State; Delta was carved out of the defunct Bendel State; Jigawa used to be part of the old Kano State; Yobe State was carved out of Borno State; Enugu…



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