Ondo State, Nigeria was created on 3 February 1976 from the former Western State. It originally included what is now Ekiti State, which was split off in 1996. Akure is the state capital. The state contains eighteen Local Government Areas, the major ones being Akoko, Akurẹ, Okitipupa, Ondo, and Owo. The majority of the state's citizens live in urban centers. The big government universities in Ondo state are the Federal University of Technology, Akurẹ and the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba/Akoko.
The ethnic composition of Ondo State is largely from the Yoruba subgroups of the Akoko, Akure, Ikare, Ilaje, Ondo, and Owo. Ijaw minority populations inhabit the coastal areas.
Ondo State contains the largest number of public schools in Nigeria - over 880 primary schools and 190 secondary schools.
Ondo State includes eighteen Local Government Areas. They are:
* Akoko-North-East * Akoko-North-West * Akok-South-East * Akoko-South-West * Akure-North * Akure-South * Ese-Odo * Idanre * Ifedore
* Ijaye * Ile-Oluji-Okeigbo * Irele * Odigbo * Okitipupa * Ondo-East * Ondo-West * Ose * Owo