Ado (äˈdō) [key], city (1987 est. pop. 287,000), SW Nigeria. Located in a region where rice, corn, cassava, and yams are grown. Traditionally an important cotton-weaving town, Ado also manufactures bricks, tile, and pottery. Ado was the capital of the Yoruba Ekiti state that was probably founded in the 15th cent. It alternated between independence and subjection to Benin until the British gained control in 1894. The city is sometimes known as Ado-Ekiti.