Sango Ota (Ota) (pronounced as "sawn-go awta") is a town in Ogun state, Nigeria, and has an estimated 164,000 residents living in or around it. Ota is the capital of the Ado-odo/Ota local government area. The traditional leader of Ota is called the Olota of Ota "Oba Adeyemi Abdul Kabir Obalanlege".
Ota is the historical capital of the Awori Yoruba Tribe.
Sango Ota is a notable town in Ogun State. It is the second largest town in the State with headquarteres at Ota. Some other neighbouring towns and communities around the area are; Ado-Odo, Agbara, Igbesa, Iju-Ota, Itele, Kooko Ebiye town, Owode among others.The majority of the inhabitants of the area identify as Awori Yorubas. Thus, Yoruba is the dominant language although there might be some dialectal differences around this area. English is also spoken and understood, particularly among the younger generation.
Traditional Awori Yoruba folklore tells that Olofin's Children, Osolo and Eleidi Atalabi, founded Ota after migrating south from Isheri. As the town developed, it eventually came to be locally ruled by a crowned Oba, called the "Olota", whose ruling privilege was derived from the Yoruba traditional homeland of Ile-ife.
Ota soon became important in the production and sales of cocoa. In 1842, the expansion of the Egba Nation brought Ota under the control of Abeokuta. However Ota held a semi-independent status within the Egba kingdom, and remained the capital of the Awori people.
Sango Ota is easily accessed by road from Iyana-Ipaja, a major city centre in Lagos which links to important areas such as Ikeja. The common yellow buses (danfo) regularly ply the roads to Sango Ota, with transport fares of between ₦300 and ₦500. Bus fares vary depending on the time of the day, the whims of the bus drivers and conductors and so on. A good tip is to confirm the fare from the conductor before entering, or politely asking from neighbouring passengers. Sango Ota is also linked to Abeokuta the Ogun State Capital and other major towns and cities in South Western Nigeria.
Yellow buses (danfo) and tricycles (Keke napep) are quite common within Sango Ota and serve as the primary means of transport. Taxis (usually painted bright yellow) are also available.
- Faith Tabernacle: Sango-Ota is the site of the famous Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, built in 1999. It is the second largest church auditorium in the world. You might decide to drop by for a Sunday service as early as 6AM, or attend a later service, and then explore the church grounds afterwards. (It is recommended that you have a valid means of identification with you, and adequately communicate your intentions to the security officers on duty in the church premises.) Canaanland boasts of many fine examples of architecture, and well-shaded, tranquil parks which are ideal for the impromptu Sunday picnic.
- Palace of the Olota: The palace was relocated to a newer, ultra-modern building. However, the old palace still stands as a monument, at least a few decades old.
- 1 One stop mart, Ifako-Ijaye. Daily. In-store shopping.
- 2 Vic Marts Supermarket, Yemi Dedeke, Mobil, ☏ . M-Sa 8AM-8:30PM, Su 10AM-8:30PM. In-store shopping.
- 3 Sango supermarket, Sango over bridge. Daily. Grocery store. In-store shopping.
- 4 Heritage Store, 23,Iyana Ilogbo Rd, Iyana Igusi Olorunsogo Baptist Church, ☏ . Daily. In-store shopping. In-store pick up.
- 5 Bolatunmi Stores, Ijako Abeokuta Express way, Ado-Odo, ☏ . Daily. In-store shopping.
- 6 Bridgetmag, 32, Ijoko Rd, ifako-ijaye, 112233, ☏ . M-Sa 9AM-7:30PM. In-store shopping.
- 7 Supreme Foods And Greengrocers, Opposite zenith bank dalemo, 112212, ☏ . M-Sa 9AM-9PM, Su noon-9PM.. In-store shopping. Delivery.
- 8 Iya Alaje Store, Ayodeji Ave, Beside Samfol hotel. M-Sa 7:30AM-9:30PM, Su noon-9:30PM. In-store shopping.
- 9 Bose supermarket, Ifako-ijaye, ☏ . Daily. In-store shopping.
- 10 Shoprite, Abeokuta Express way, ☏ . Daily 9AM-9PM. In-store shopping. In-store pick up. Delivery.
- 1 Kilmanjaro Restaurant, Palm mall, ☏ . Daily 9AM-9PM. Dine-in, takeaway, delivery.
- 2 Amazing Grace Restaurant, Ifako-ijaye. Daily 9AM-6PM. Dine-in, takeaway. No delivery.
- 3 Downtown Fast Food, Benja bus stop adjacent the bells, ☏ . M-Sa 9AM-9PM, Su noon-9PM. Dine-in, takeaway, delivery.
- 4 Tantalizer, 121001 Ota, Toll gate bus stop. Daily 7AM-9PM. Dine-in, takeaway, delivery.
- 1 3AD Bar & Lounge, Km 5 idiroko Rd, opposite SBU petrol Station Oja Ota,Km 5 Ota Rd,112212, ☏ . Daily 8AM-11:45PM. Dine-in, takeaway, delivery.
- 2 On Point Bar N Lounge, Km 15,Ijoko Rd, ☏ . 24 hours daily. Dine-in, takeaway.
- 3 Canary Lounge & Bar, Ijoko Rd. Daily 8AM-11PM. Dine-in, takeaway.
- 4 Adelsts Events place & Bar, Community Rd, ☏ . 24 hours daily.
- 5 M22 Bar, Iyana Ilogbo bustop, ☏ . Daily 8AM-8AM-midnight. Dine-in, drive through.
- 1 Eden Hotel & Resorts, Eden Avenue by The Bells Secondary school, ☏ . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. Free breakfast, free parking.
- 2 Maridom Palace Hotel, Ori oke itunu st, ☏ . Check-out: noon. Pool, free parking, free breakfast, air conditioning. ₦9,000.
- 3 D'CZARS hotel & Suites, Hope mission Close. Pool, free parking, free breakfast and air conditioning. ₦14,492.
- 4 King Solomon Hotel & Suites, 13110 Awela Rd,Toll gate, ☏ . Free breakfast, free parking, air conditioning and restaurant. ₦6,353.
- 5 O'Nice Hotel & Suites, 7,Nice st,off idiroko Rd,Honda Bus stop. Check-out: 12:00. Pool, free breakfast, free parking, and restaurant. ₦9,655.
For most locations in Sango Ota, you would likely find coverage of the 2G/3G/4G mobile networks. Signal strength might diminish further away from the city center, and you might occasionally experience network outage for all or some of the mobile phone service providers in the remote areas of the city. Different networks tend to be more stable and reliable in different locations of the city at different times.
MTN, 9Mobile, Airtel (Zain) and GLO are all available service providers. So if you are planning a visit to Sango Ota, like you would do for many other places in Nigeria, you should probably consider having multiple SIM cards, preferably for all the mobile service providers, since you can't tell which will be more stable and reliable at a time in your location during your visit. If you decide not to get all the stated SIMs, it would advisable to have at least an MTN Sim. MTN has a particularly wide coverage and is the least likely to have network problems.
Airtel is another service provider which is fairly satisfactory for all you might need to connect to the world, including rates and network reliability. Of course, Glo (or Globacom) boasts of fast network speed for internet browsing activities, only that you might not be able to enjoy the privilege in some locations. And 9Mobile (formerly Etisalat) usually performs well in internet browsing speed, but has locational limitations, plus data rate is fairly higher.