Ekiti culture & tradition

The state is highly rich in culture. They have their own unique traditional way of: Dressing, Dancing, Festival, religion and other ways of life.

St. Paul Anglican church, Erijiyan

The rulers of the Towns are Obas like other Yoruba Towns. Traditionally, the natural rulers in Ekiti State, whose people are Yoruba, are usually described as sacred or divine kings. Their installation and coronation are performed with solemn and lengthy rites which set them apart, thereafter living an ordered ceremonial existence, secluded in their palaces, subjected to the many rituals of court and approached only with infinite respect. They rarely appeared in public, except on ceremonial occasions.

Ekiti people

By ancient customs, the Obas were not only the heads of their towns and kingdoms, but by their personifications, reincarnating also all their ancestors back to the origin of the dynasties. They are also the titular heads of all religious sets in their kingdoms. Their appointments are, partly by divination, made by the king makers who are invariably the high chiefs. They are appointed from among the children of past rulers. The ceremonies between their appointments and coronation are elaborate. The sacredness of their offices was neither empty nor nominal; they are regarded by their people as divinity with whose well being, their own conditions are bound up. They are the sources of honour, able to bestow titles and chieftaincies. The Obas are also the fountain of justice.

In the State’s framework, Obas are not expected to take part in partisan politics. Palaces of traditional rulers are true symbolical relics of the people culture and tradition. Some of the richly endowed artifacts oriented palace in Ekiti State are the Ewi of Ado’s palace, Elekole of Ikole’s palace, Oore of Otun’s palace, Alawo of Awo Ekiti palace and a host of others.

Ekiti is a state in southwestern Nigeria.

Named after the Ekiti people, the Yoruba subgroup that make up the majority of the state’s population, Ekiti State was formed from a part of Ondo State in 1996 and has its capital as the city of Ado-Ekiti.

Iworoko mountain
Ekiti state University Teaching Hospital, Ado-ekiti

Ekiti State is a state in southwestern Nigeria, bordered to the north by Kwara State, to the northeast by Kogi State, to the south and southeast by Ondo State, and to the west by Osun State.

It was created in 1996 from the territory of the former Ondo State. The state is known for its rich cultural heritage, natural beauty and agricultural potential.

Ekiti is also home to some of some prestigious educational institutions in the country, such as the Ekiti State University, the Federal University of Oye-Ekiti and the Afe Babalola University.

One of the most popular destinations in Ekiti is the Ikogosi Warm Springs Resort, located in Ikogosi town. This resort is famous for its natural phenomenon of warm and cold springs flowing side by side from the same source. The warm spring has a temperature of about 70°C, while the cold spring has a temperature of about 37°C. The resort offers various facilities and activities for visitors, such as swimming pools, chalets, restaurants, conference halls, hiking trails and a museum.

Fajuyi Memorial Park
Olosunta Hills

Ekiti State has 16 Local Government Areas, namely:

  1. Ado-Ekiti
  2. Ikere
  3. Oye
  4. Aiyekire (Gbonyin)
  5. Efon
  6. Ekiti East
  7. Ekiti South-West
  8. Ekiti West
  9. Emure
  10. Ido-Osi
  11. Ijero
  12. Ikole
  13. Ilejemeje
  14. Irepodun/Ifelodun
  15. Ise/Orun
  16. Moba
Aramoko-Ekiti Roundabout, Aramoko-Ekiti
Araromi Baptist Church, Igede-Ekiti
Ekiti Baptist High School, Igede Ekiti
Ekiti state internal revenue house, Ado-ekiti

Another attraction in Ekiti is the Arinta Waterfalls, situated in Ipole-Iloro town. This waterfall is one of the highest and most spectacular in Nigeria, with a height of about 120 meters. The waterfall is surrounded by lush vegetation and rocky cliffs, creating a scenic and serene environment. You can enjoy the view of the waterfall from a distance or get closer to feel its refreshing spray.

The Ekiti Cultural Centre in Ado-Ekiti, is a hub for cultural activities and events, such as exhibitions, festivals, workshops and performances. The centre also houses a museum that showcases various artifacts and relics from the past, such as pottery, beads, masks, costumes and musical instruments.

Ekiti is a state that celebrates its traditions and values. Some of the most notable festivals in Ekiti are the Udiroko Festival, the Ogun Festival and the Olosunta Festival. These festivals are held annually to mark different occasions and honor different deities. They feature colorful displays of costumes, dances, music and rituals that reflect the identity and diversity of Ekiti people.