About Kwara State
Kwara State, also known as the "State of Harmony", was created in 1967 when the Federal Military Government divided the Federation of Nigeria into 12 states. According to the most recent census the state has a population of 1.5 million consisting of mostly Yoruba and significant Hausa, Nupe and Bariba minorities. While Christianity and Islam are the predominate religions, practitioners of all faiths, including those of traditional tribal regions, are able to practice their faith in peace and tolerance.
Ilorin is the capital city of Kwara State in Western Nigeria. The city was founded in the late 1700s by the Yoruba people and, due to its central location, has served as a major trade hub between the Huasa in the north and Yoruba in the south. In the 1900’s the city fell under British rule as apart of the Northern Nigeria Protectorate and following Nigeria’s independence in 1960, Ilorin became part of West Central or what is now known as Kwara State.
Ilorin today is the center of various industrial and commercial enterprises as well as and educational and cultural institutions. The city contains the largest cashew manufacturing plant in Africa as well as a large producer of other local crops such as yams and cassava. The city is also home to University of Ilorin, Kwara State University and various polytechnical schools. Lastly, the city’s Central Mosque is a testament to it’s vibrant and strong religious culture.