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The People

The State which is homogeneous, has a population of about 4.5million and predominantly occupied by Yoruba people. Within the State however, there are sub-ethnic groups with distinct dialect peculiarities. The people of Oyo State may be divided into five broad groups which are: Ibadans, Ibarapas, Oyos, Oke-Oguns and Ogbomosos.


Notable Indigenes

  • Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, Alaafin of Oyo.
  • Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji (Aje Ogungunniso 1), Olubadan of Ibadan.
  • Samuel Ojo, Scientist, Civil Engineer.
  • Alh Abdul Wahab Alao Yusuf, Asiwaju of Oyoland
  • Oba Abiola Taiwo, Alaawe of Aawe.
  • Oba Solademi Adewuyi, Alayiede of Aiyede.
  • Oba Samuel Adegboyega Osunbade Adeyelu II The Olugbon of Orile Igbon.
  • Oba Kareem Oyesiji, Oba lufon of Sepeteri, Oyo State.
  • Oba Oyewumi Ajagungbade II, Soun of Ogbomoso Land.
  • Lam Adesina, Former Governor Oyo State (1999 – 2003), Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria.
  • Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja, Former Governor of Oyo State (2003 – 2007).
  • Christopher Alao Akala, Former Governor of Oyo State(2007–2011).
  • Chief Samuel Farinu, State Chairman Action Congress of Nigeria.
  • Emmanuel Oladipo Alayande, politician.
  • Augustus Akinloye, politician.
  • Prof. Arinola Olasumbo Sanya, former Commissioner of Health, Oyo State and first female Professor of Physiotherapy in Africa.
  • Chief E. O. Ashamu, Entrepreneur. First Nigerian to implement PPP (Public Private Partnership) in Nigeria.
  • Prince Ajibola Afonja, Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria PLC, Former Minister for Labour and Productivity.
  • Prof Aboyade, The University Ibadan.
  • Prof Dibu Ojerinde, The Registrar Joint Matriculation Board of Nigeria.
  • Mr Ajekigbe, Former Group Managing Director First Bank of Nigeria PLC.
  • Amos Fenwa, Senior Pastor, Holy Ghost Christian Center,Lagos Nigeria.
  • Alhaji Arisekola Alao, Former Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland (1980 – 2014).
  • Chief Joseph Egbetola Aibinu, Chairman Ifedapo Local Government of Oyo State, 1987–1989, One time member of the Oyo State 3SC Football Club Management Board.
  • Mr Anthony Adetunji Adejinle, Prominent Mathematician and renowned pioneering educationist.
  • Oyewumi Adetona Aderibigbe, Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor, (Manchester Metropolitan University. England).
  • Hon. Justice Stephen Laoye Popoola (RTD) (First High Court Judge from Oke – Ogun Region, Member of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission 1999 – 2004, Presiding Judge Over Kaduna Armed Robbery Tribunal, 1985)
  • Dr. Olufemi Olaifa, Former Special Adviser to the President of Nigeria on Parastatals.
  • Rev. Olubunmi Adeleye Thomas, The founding National Secretary, The Youth Fellowship of the Cherubim & Seraphim Unification Church of Nigeria and the leader of the Student Unrest that kicked against the emergence of Cultist in St. Andrews College of Education in Oyo Town 1997, his final year result was cancelled, he was persecuted by the power that be, arrested and detained by the Abacha Junta at C.I.B. Eleyele Ibadan August 27,1997.