Oyo is a city in Oyo State, Nigeria, founded as the capital of the Oyo Kingdom in the 1830s and known to its people as 'New Oyo' (Ọyọ Atiba) to distinguish it from the former capital to the north, 'Old Oyo' (Ọyọ-Ile), which had been deserted as a result of rumors of war. Its inhabitants are mostly of the Yoruba people, and its ruler is the imperial majesty Alaafin of Oyo.
|• Alaafin||Lamidi Adeyemi III|
|• Total||2,427 km2 (937 sq mi)|
|• Density||180/km2 (460/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (WAT)|
The major market in the city is Akeesan market, also called Oja Oba (King's market) its very close to the Alaafin's Palace, which is opened on a daily basis unlike the other marketplaces, such as Ajegunle market, irepodun market which is opened for a five-day interval, and Sabo market (five days).
'Oyo town', as it is fondly called, is known for the high educational pedigree of the old St Andrew's College, Oyo (SACO), which was one of the first higher institutions in Nigeria. It is home to many secondary schools, including the famous Olivet Baptist High School and Federal Government Girls College, Alaafin high school and a few tertiary institutions such as Federal College of Education (Special), Federal School of Surveying, Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, and private owned universities in Oyo town include the Anglican Communion of Nigeria, Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo (ACU) and Atiba University.
The play Death and the King's Horseman is based on an incident that happened in Oyo in 1946.
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