Area: 18.15 sq mi
Governor: Adegboyega Oyetola
Osogbo Nigeria partnered with the City of Asheville in 2010 and through this partnership, both communities have hosted delegations in their city highlighting business, educational, tourism, and economic development programs. In 2018, our committee reconfirmed our commitment to this sister city relationship between Asheville, North Carolina, and Osogbo, Nigeria to further develop friendships, mutually agreed upon projects, exchanges, and partnerships for the benefit of both communities. To learn more about Osogbo or to learn how to get involved with the committee, please email Committee Chair Eboné Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Located in Osun State in the South Western part of Nigeria.
- Covers an area of 14,875 square kilometers.
- Both Yoruba and English are spoken.
- Agriculture is the primary industry of Osogbo with a significant segment of traders and artisans.
- Founded in the 18th Century
- Legend has it that Osogbo was first settled by two hunters with an offer to protect all of their descendants from outside tribal attacks in exchange for their promise not to hunt near the deity Osun’s sacred river.
- The colorful Osun Festival draws tourists from all over the world to celebrate “sacred people and sacred places.”
- Osogbo is the capital of Osun State, a major distributor of electrical power for Nigeria and one of the foremost centers of Yoruba arts and culture.
- Asheville Sister Cities and OASCA partnered in 2010 – 2012 with Wilmington Sister Cities, and won a grant of $115,000 from SCI/Bill and Melinda Gates African Urban Poverty Alleviation Programme (AUPAP), where 29 hand pump bore holes were dug for fresh water, in and around Osogbo.
- Both cities have worked with other international partners through Sister Cities International and in 2012 – 2014 OASCA was awarded a $100,000 grant under the Sino African Initiative(SAI) project for the improvement of health care in Osogbo through the update of The Atelewo Primary Health Care Centre.
- An official delegation from Osogbo visited Asheville April 16 – 25, 2018 and the City looks forward to welcoming The Deputy-Governor, State of Osun, Otunba Grace Titlayo Laoye-Tomori, her staff, and the Osogbo Asheville Sister Cities Association/OASCA Committee Delegates. The 2018 delegation created new partnerships and opportunities for educational and cultural interactions with UNCA and AB Tech, and many other local organizations.