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Owo (ōˈwō) [key], city (1987 est. pop. 147,000), S Nigeria. It is primarily a farming and commercial city, located in an area producing cacao, cotton, and timber. Owo was the capital of a Yoruba state of the same name that was founded in the 14th cent. Owo came under British rule in 1893.

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