Akure is a city in the western Nigeria, and is the largest city and capital of Ondo State. The city has a population of approximately 387,087. The people are of the Yoruba ethnic group.
The city has tertiary institutions which include: the Federal University of Technology Akure, Federal College of Agriculture, School of Nursing and Midwifery and School of Health Technology. It also has famous secondary schools like St. Thomas Aquinas College, Oyemekun Grammar School, St. Louis Grammar School, and Fiwasaye Girls' Grammar School. The first two are for boys while the latter two are for girls in the tradition of early schools in Nigeria. The town is also host to Federal Government Girls' College and St. Peter's Unity Secondary School, amongst many others.
Within the modern Akure kingdom are two other constituent communities with their separate chiefs and traditions. The more prominent of the pair is Isikan while the second of them is Isolo. The Baale of Isikan is known as the Iralepo while the Baale of Isolo is known as the Osolo of Isolo. In the olden days these were separate towns, but they were brought together under the nominal control of Akure as a result of a number of wars. Nearby towns include Ilara, Igbaraoke, Iju, Itaogbolu, Idanre, Owo, Ikere and Ondo. The most influential Deji in recent history was Oba Adesida I who was known as Afunbiowo. Several Dejis after him were his direct descendants.
It also serves as the birthplace of notable Nigerians like Chief Olu Falae (one time presidential candidate of a mega political party who currently reigns as a titled aristocrat of the realm), Chief Reuben Fasoranti (leader of the pan-Yoruba group: Afenifere) and several personalities in the academia Philip Emeagwali, industry, the military, judiciary and the civil service. Philip Emeagwali the Gordon Bell Prize winner was born in Akure while the mother of King Sunny Adé is a native of Akure. Akure is also the hometown of Engr. Julius Alabi, former Chief Executive Officer of Cadbury, and Kole Omotosho. The notable lawyer, Kayode Ajulo is also one of the city's proud products, he attended St. Thomas Aquinas College.
In Akure, there are many stores with include cuisines such as Chicken Republic, Tantalizers, Captain Cook and Mr. Bigg's. There are several clothing stores in Akure, with a newly opened store named "Atmospheric" (Opened 2010).