Ilorin is the capital and seat of government in Kwara state. According to the 2006 census, the city is the 6th largest city by population in the country.
There are numerous hotels in Ilorin for anyone visiting the city to stay in. Ilorin was originally a Yoruba town and part of the Old Oyo Empire. It was however captured by the Fulani who Afonja, a warrior in the Old Oyo Empire, called upon to help him fight against the Alaafin Of Oyo so as to capture Ilorin for himself. The British occupied the city through the Royal Niger Company in 1897 and it was finally fused into the British colony of Northern Nigeria in 1900.
The Islamic and northern influence was and is still however largely entrenched. The economy of the land is largely agricultural due to the large arable land. Nevertheless, the city is also rich in other mineral resources such as limestone, kaolin and dolomite among others. Furthermore, there are a good number of industries in Ilorin. They include confectionary foods, flour mills, pharmaceutical, cashew processing, soap and detergent and motor assembly plant.
The city is very peaceful and the people live in harmony, which has attracted an influx of immigrants from far and near into Ilorin. Apart from the accommodating nature of the city, there are also a number of places of attractions such as the Owu Falls, a high water fall regarded as one of the highest in Africa; Esie Museum, the first national museum in Nigeria that houses mysterious soap stone images; Imoleboja Rock shelter, rock formation with spectacular natural architectural design; Ningurume Fish Pond, a pond house containing mysterious fishes beautifully adorned with jewelries; Okuta-Ilorin, the stone where the city got its name from; Ero-Omola waterfalls and many more around the city.
The city is very cheap to live in and hotels around the city are affordable and comfortable.