Obafemi Owode Local Government is one of the Local Governments that came into existence through Edict No.9 of 1976, resulting from the 1976 Local Government reforms, prior to this period, the administration of the area was carried out by Oba Provincial Authority, Owode District Council and Obafemi District Concil.
Obafemi Owode Local Government has its headquarters at Owode Egba.
Obafemi Owode Local Government share common boundaries with the following Local and State Governments:
North - Odeda Local Government and Oyo State
East - Sagamu and Ikenne Local Governments
South - Ifo Local Government and Lagos State
Population: Obafemi/Owode Local Government has an estimated population of 230,000.
Land Mass: It is made up of about 1,204 towns and villages with a land mass of 104,787.07 hectares of largely agricultural land.
The People: Obafemi Owode Local Government is made up of people residing in Adigbe, Oba Kobape, Obafemi, Ogunmakin, Ajebo, Owode, Ibafo, Iro and Mokoloko towns and they are mostly Egba. Therefore the common language being spoken is the Yoruba with the Egba dialect. The traditional institution of the people is predominantly governed by Baales with the exception of a very early settlement called Iro, Oba Sanusi Oyere Ogunrinde. Eribi 1V.
Culture: An insight into the cultural aspects of the people reveals that they are blessed with rich Yoruba traditional dances such as Ogodo dance, Egungun and Bolojo dances, in some areas of the Local Government.
Road: Obafemi Owode Local Government has some motorable (graded) roads which are linked by state and federal road network for inter and intra city connections.
The Federal roads running through the Local Government area includes:
State roads within the area includes:
Health Services: In the area of health services, Obafemi Owode Local Government is blessed with competent staff and facilities. In all, there are 4 medical doctors and 46 para-medical staffers while there are 22 health clinics and 12 health posts. Both human and material resources are evenly spread all over the health districts. Recently commissioned, are two newly completed health clinics to boost the health projection plan of the Local Government.
Apart from the curative aspect of health, this Local Government also attends to the preventive aspect particularly in the area of contagious diseases such as guinea-worm eradication and gobal 2001 programme. The Rotary Club of Ake, Abeokuta has also given support in this respect.
Agriculture: Obafemi Owode Local Government is endowed with vast fertile land suitable for the cultivation of rice, kolanut, sugarcane, maize, cassava, tomatoes and a wide variety of vegetables. Infact, the Local Government is generally regarded as the land of OFADA RICE. The major food crops of the area includes cassava, rice, cocoyam, plantain, maize and vegetable, while palm produced and cocoa form the major cash crops.
Occupation: The people are predominantly farmers, most of whom engage themselves in farming of arable crops.There are also some who engage in livestock and fishing.
In recent times, however, the people of the area engage themsselves in Quarry business, artisan works and handcrafts, such as dye making and pottery. The popular adire fabrics are also produced in some areas of the Local Government.
Major Markets: The major markets in the area includes the siun market, Ogunmakin market, Obafemi market, Mokoloki market, Mowe, Ibafo and Owode markets.
For administrative convienience, Obafemi Owode Local Government is politically divided into 12 wards, viz:
Moloko Asipa ward
Obafemi Owode Local Government has within it privately owned hotels for the relaxation and comfort of residents and visitors. Notable among these, is the Owode motel, based in Owode-Egba.
Tourist attractions of the area include the wildlife forest of the area, grassless mountains found in some area and the Youth centre at Ofada town.