Akure is the capital of the Nigerian state of Ondo and is located in southwestern Nigeria. One calculation according to the 2012, the city has 941 410 inhabitants.


Inscriptions have been found on rocks near Akure, come from the Middle Stone Age. In the same area a 11,000 year-old skeleton of Homo sapiens has been found the oldest known remains of a man from West Africa. Akure to 1800 was a city-state of the Yoruba, until it was conquered by a neighboring town. The city is fast growth; at the last census in 1991 it had 239 124 inhabitants.

Economy and infrastructure

Agriculture and forestry products from Akure are palm oil, cocoa, cassava and tropical woods. The Akure Airport and a highway to connect with Akure Ibadan and Lagos.

Akure is the seat of the Federal University of Technology, founded in 1981, and several radio and television stations, among other things, the Ondo State Television Corporation ( ODTV ). In Akure, a stadium is with a capacity of 15,000 spectators, which the Sunshine Football Club is home to the second football league.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Folashade Abugan, track and field athlete
  • Samuel Oluyemi Falae, politicians
  • Kole Omotoso, writer