Offa is an ancient town that was founded by a direct descendant of Oranmiyan (King of Ile-Ife around 1395) and a crown prince of Oyo named Olalomi Olofa-gangan. This peaceful town was also home to the great Moremi, defeater of banditries who raided Ile-Ife (an ancient Yoruba city in southwestern Nigeria).
Offa town has two main Royal families; the Olugnense and the Anilelerin. The Olugbense house is the the male ruling house of Offa while the Anilelerin is the female ruling house in Offa. In recent times, there has been uncertainty over the Olofa stool because of the rivalry between the two houses.
Offa is located to the south of Ijagbo, southwest of Ipee, northwest of Igosun and north of Erin Ile. The town was once a railway terminus for a line that spanned from Lagos prior to its further extension to the northern city of Kano.
Offa is a savanna vegetation that is well known mainly for two trades; dyeing and weaving. Other known cultivated crops are maize and sweet potato while animals such as goats, sheep and cattle are also reared in the region. The home of sweet potatoes is popular for its traditional wrestling event. In fact, "Ijakadi Loro Offa" (the praise name of Offa) in Yoruba language means "wrestling is our game".
Education is very important to the people of Offa. The most recent tertiary institution been the privately owned Landmark University, other institutions are the Federal Polytechnic, National Teachers institute, Nigeria Navy School of Health Science, Kwara State College of Health Technology and Lens Polytechnic (another private institution).
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