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Oyo(ôyô`), city (1991 est. pop. 226,700), SW Nigeria. It is primarily a farming town, producing tobacco, yams, and cassava. Traditional artisans make textiles and leather goods and carve utensils from shells of the calabash gourd. Oyo was founded c.1835 as the successor of Old Oyo (Katunga), the capital of the YorubaYoruba
, people of SW Nigeria and Benin, numbering about 20 million. Today many of the large cities in Nigeria (including Lagos, Ibadan, and Abeokuta) are in Yorubaland.
..... Click the link for more information. empire of Oyo, which was destroyed in the Yoruba civil wars of the early 19th cent. Oyo is about 100 mi (161 km) S of Old Oyo. The city came under British rule in 1893.
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a city in Nigeria, in the state of Oyo. Population, 135,800 (1971). A highway junction, Oyo is the center of a region producing cacao beans and palm oil. Cottage industries include leather-working, weaving, and spinning.
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a state of SW Nigeria, formed in 1976 from part of Western State. Capital: Ibadan. Pop.: 3 900 803 (1995 est.). Area: 28 454 sq. km (10 986 sq. miles)
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