Ogun State Indigenes belong to the Yoruba ethnic group, comprising mainly the Egba, the Yewa, the Awori, the Egun, the Ijebu and the Remo. The people are hospitable and accommodating, hence Nigerians from other parts of the country live peacefully with them. The main languages of communication in the State are Yoruba and English. Although the indigenes speak various dialects of the Yoruba language, they are all mutually intelligible to them. They all share a common lifestyle, including culture, tradition and custom. Some of the leading traditional festivals in the State are Olumo, Ogun, Igunnuko, Osun and Orisa-Oko. Others include Egungun, Obirin-Ojowu, Gelede, Oro and Sango.
The two dominant religions in the State are Islam & Christianity. A small proportion of the people still practice traditional religion. Traditional, cultural and religious beliefs have a strong influence on the position of women in the society.
POLITICAL/ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE AND ORGANIZATION
The State has 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs) each headed by a Chairman, as enshrined in the Constitution. It is divided into Four Geo-Political Zones, Three Senatorial Districts, Nine Federal and 26 State Constituencies. The State is administered by the Governor who works with a cabinet of civil servants, commissioners, special advisers and consultants in the daily running of the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). They work in collaboration with the Secretary to the State Government to supervise and co-ordinate the implementation of Government policies and programmes through various Ministries, Bureau, Commissions, Boards, Parastatals and other Agencies.