Owan West is a Local Government Area in Edo State, Nigeria. It is one of the six Local Government of Edo north which are collectively referred to as Afemai. Its headquarters is in the town of Sabongida Ora. Owan West Local Government Area was created from the defunct Bendel State on the 27th August, 1991. It is bounded in the North by Owan East Local Government Area and in the South by Ovia Northwest and by Ondo State. The Local Government derives its name from River Owan which rises in the Northwest of Otuo and flows South West to Eme and Uhonmora before turning South West to join River Ose in Ondo State.
Agriculture is the mainstay of Owan West economy. The Local Government Area is a Major Food Basket of the State. Among the common agricultural crops include; Cassava, Plantain, Yam, Cocoa, Oranges and Cashew. The Forest Belt of the Local Government Area house economic trees such as Iroko, Obeche, Mahogany etc. while fruits such as Oranges, Pineapple, Mangoes, Pear and Banana are also cultivated. The Local Government is in forefront of Cocoa Production in the South-South Zone and this induced the establishment of Nigeria Institute for Cocoa Research in the Local Government Area.