Ikire is a town in Osun State.

Ikire is the closest town to Oyo state and can be called the gateway town to the State of Osun.

It is within the basin of the famous River Osun. It lies on latitude 07° 30′North and longitude 04°20′East. The population is 143,599 according to the 2006 Population Census

The Story Behind The Name Ikire

The founder and first settler, Prince Akinrere, was an elephant hunter from Ile Ife who followed the pronouncement of Ifa Oracle that directed him to go with a deity known as osakire and found eda new settlement called Ikire.


Farming is a major activity in the town and crops grown includes yam, cocoa, cassava and plantain. The town is know for production of ‘’Dodo Ikire’’, a snack made with plantain and pepper.


The proximity to Ibadan, a major commercial and industrial centre in the Southwest helps in facilitating smooth movement of goods and services.

Traditional head

The Akire of Ikireland is the traditional head and Chairman Akire-in-Council.

The people practice Christianity, Islam as well as traditional religion.

Akire Festival

The Akire Festival is an important event in the town.

Prominent features

Important landmark in the nodal town includes, College of Humanities and Culture Osun State University and State General Hospital.