Iwo is a city in Osun State, southwestern Nigeria. It lies 6 miles (10 km) North of the Iwo station on the Lagos-Kano railway and at the intersection of roads from Ibadan, Oyo, and Ogbomosho, on a low hill at the edge of savanna and forest. The Iwo people, like all other people of Yoruba stock are said to have belonged to Ile-Ife from where they migrated sometimes in the 14th century. The present city of Iwo was founded founded in the 16th/17th century and it became the capital of the Yoruba kingdom of Iwo.
Iwo was formerly part of old Oyo state but was later separated and it became one of the major townships in Osun State, Nigeria. It has over 30 ancient and powerful kings all under the Oluwo of Iwoland, HRM Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi as the only consenting authority and first class paramount ruler. It has an estimated population of 191,348 and an area spanning 245 km².
The cultivation and export of cacao is the town’s economic mainstay. Yams, corn (maize), cassava (manioc), and palm oil and kernels, the chief staple crops, are grown north of the town. Cotton weaving and dyeing (with locally grown indigo) are traditionally important activities. Muslims constitute the major population of Iwo.
It host some Higher Institutions such as: BOWEN University, Wolex Polytechnic, Baptist Teachers’ Training College which was located at Oke Odo in Iwo, but this facility is now used as the campus of Bowen University, Westland University, Iwo City polytechnic, Royal College of Public Health and Technology, Empire College of Health Technology, Al Ummah College of Education, Federal College of Education, Offer Center Institute of Agriculture, Shariah College of Nigeria.
Iwo is the home for the first state television in Nigeria which is founded 40 years ago, Reality Television Service (RTS).
There are some restaurants visitors can eat in Iwo
Tenifayo Restaurant located at Oshogbo Rd, Iwo. It opens Monday to Suday from 8am-11pm Afribuka Customa Care line: +234 903 552 2463 Tito Gate Bowen University it is located at Iwo Road and it opens Monday to Sunday from 8am-8pm
See Bee Hotels And Events Centre located at Iwo-Ibadan Expressway, Osun, 6,000 per night Kofolad Hotel located at Abobo Maternity, Cele Area New Life Hotellocated at No. 7 Newlife Area, Odo-Ori J.B.O HOTELS & SUITES IWO located at Beside Police Barrack, Iwo (Very Close To Baptist High School, Iwo