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Lagos

Lagos Èkó or Lagos City is the most populous city in Nigeria, with an estimated population of 21 million in 2015. Lagos is the most populous urban area in Africa.

 Lagos was the national capital of Nigeria until December 1991 following the government’s decision to move the capital to Abuja in the centre of the country. 

Lagos is a major African financial centre and is the economic hub of Nigeria at large. The city has a significant influence on commerce, entertainment, technology, education, politics, tourism, art, and fashion in Africa. 

Lagos is also among the top ten of the world’s fastest-growing cities and urban areas. 

The megacity has the fourth-highest GDP in Africa and houses one of the largest and busiest seaports on the continent. 

Due to the large urban population and port traffic volumes, Lagos is classified as a Medium-Port Megacity.

Nickname(s): Eko Akete, Lasgidi

Motto: “Èkó ò ní bàjẹ́ o!” in Yoruba Language

Government

 • Governor of Lagos    Babajide Sanwo-Olu

 • Deputy Governor    Femi Hamzat

 • Supreme Judge    Kazeem Alogba

Places to visit in Lagos

  • Landmark Beach
  • National Museum
  • Bogobiri House Ikoyi Lagos
  • Lekki Leisure
  • Freedom Park
  • Johnson Jakande Tinubu (JJT) Park
  • Lekki Conservation Centre
  • Elegushi Royal Beach Lekki Phase I Lagos
  • Jara Beach Resort
  • Sencillo Lagos
  • Hov Beach Resort
  • Elegushi Royal Beach
  • La Campagne Tropicana
  • Moist Beach Club
  • Lagos Island
  • Lagos Mainland
  • Kamp Ikare
  • Laguna Beach
  • Inagbe Grand Resort
  • Lekki Arts and Crafts Market
  • Landmark Beach
  • Lakowe Lakes Golf and Country Estate
  • Epe Resort and Spa
  • Lekki Conservation Centre
  • Epe Mangroves
  • Terra Kulture
  • Lagos Lagoon
  • Nike Art Gallery
  • Jazz Hole
  • Upbeat
  • Omu Resort
  • Rufus and Bee
  • Eko Hotel
  • Jaekel House
  • Badagry
  • Jhalobia
  • Tarkwa Bay Beach

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Abuja 

Abuja is the capital and eighth most populous city of Nigeria.

Situated at the centre of the country within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), it is a planned city built mainly in the 1980s based on a master plan by International Planning Associates (IPA).

A consortium of three American planning and architecture firms made up of Wallace, Roberts, McHarg & Todd (WRMT – a group of architects) as the lead.

Archi systems International (a subsidiary of the Howard Hughes Corporation), and Planning Research Corporation. 

The Central Business District of Abuja was designed by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange. It replaced Lagos, the country’s most populous city, as the capital on 12 December 1991.

“Abuja” was in the earlier 20th century the name of the nearby town now called Suleja.

The indigenous inhabitants of Abuja are the Gwandara, Gbagyi (Gwari) having the majority population in the region. Other groups in the area include the Bassa, Gade, Dibo, Egburra, Nupe and Koro.

Administration

The FCT is governed by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), which is led by a minister selected by the president. 

The management of the urban area’s construction and infrastructure development is handled by the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA). 

The former governor of Rivers Mr Nyesom Wike is now the FCT minister.

Places to visit in Lagos

  • Abuja Art and Craft Village
  • Zuma Rock
  • National Children Park and Zoo
  • Gurara Waterfalls
  • Wonderland Amusement Park
  • Pedam Lake
  • Abuja National Mosque
  • Millennium Park
  • Aso Rock
  • The Chad Basin National Park
  • Jabi Lake Park
  • Megan Fowler Bridge
  • Erin Ijesha Waterfalls
  • Millennium Park, Abuja
  • National Children’s park and zoo
  • Abuja National Mosque
  • Ibrahim Babaginda International Golf and Country Club
  • The Bank Abuja
  • Millennium Tower
  • Ceddi Plaza
  • Thought Pyramid Art Center

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Cross River State

Cross River State is a state in the South-South geopolitical zone of Nigeria. 

Named for the Cross River (Cross River – native name: Oyono is the main river in southeastern Nigeria and it originates in Cameroon), the state was formed from the eastern part of the Eastern Region on 27 May 1967. 

Its capital is Calabar, it borders to the north through Benue state, to the west through Ebonyi state and Abia state, and to the southwest through Akwa Ibom state, while its eastern border forms part of the national border with Cameroon. 

Originally known as the South-Eastern State before being renamed in 1976, Cross River state formerly included the area that is now Akwa Ibom state, which became a distinct state in 1987.

Of the 36 states in Nigeria, Cross River state is the nineteenth largest in area and 27th most populous, with an estimated population of over 3.8 million as of 2016.

Festivals In Cross River State

Festivals held in Cross River state includes:

  • The Cross River State Christmas Festival – 1 December to 31 December annually
  • The Cross River State Carnival Float – 26 and 27 December yearly
  • The Yakurr Leboku Yam festival – 28 August annually
  • The Calabar Boat Regata
  • Anong Bahumono Festival which is held in Anong Village, during which different cultural dances are showcased, including Ikpobin (acclaimed to be the most entertaining dance in the state), Ekoi, Obam, Emukei and Eta
  • Ediba Bahumono Festival which is held in Ediba Village every last Saturday in the month of July
  • Bekwarra, Obudu, Obanliku, Igede New yam festival which is held every 1st Saturday of September every year.

Tourism

From the soaring plateaus of the mountain tops of Obanliku to the Rain forests of Afi, from the Waterfalls of Agbokim and Kwa to the spiralling ox-bow Calabar River which provides sights and images of the Tinapa Business Resort, Marina resort, Calabar Residency Museum and the Calabar Slave Park along its course, there is always a thrilling adventure awaiting the eco-tourist visiting Cross River State.

Other tourist attractions are the 

  • Ikom Monoliths (a series of volcanic-stone monoliths of unknown age)
  • Mary Slessor Tomb
  • Calabar Drill Monkey Sanctuary
  • Cross River National Park
  • Afi Mountain walkway canopy
  • Kwa falls
  • Agbokim waterfalls 
  • Tinapa Business Resort, 
  • Mono Railway 
  • The annual Calabar Carnival that takes place during the Christmas period.

Cross River State can be accessed by air through the Margaret Ekpo International Airport at Calabar. 

There are daily flights to Calabar from Lagos and Abuja serviced by airlines such as Air peace Airlines, Ibom Air Airlines and recently Cally Air, operated by Aero Contractors.

Akwa Ibom State

Akwa Ibom State is a state in the South-South geopolitical zone of Nigeria on the east by Cross River State for about 114 km (71 miles) mostly across Cross River.

On the west by Rivers State for 52 km (32 miles) mostly across the Imo River and Abia State to the west and north for 151 km (94 miles) and on the south by the Atlantic Ocean. 

The state takes its name from the Qua Iboe River which bisects the state before flowing into the Bight of Bonny.

Akwa Ibom was split from Cross River State in 1987 with its capital as Uyo and 31 other local government areas. 

Economically, Akwa-Ibom State is based around the production of crude oil and natural gas as the highest oil-producing state in the country.

The oil- producing Local Government Areas include Ibeno, Mbo and Eastern Obolo. 

Key minor industries involve agriculture as the state has substantial cocoyam, yam, and plantain crops along with fishing and heliciculture. 

Despite its vast oil revenues, Akwa Ibom has the seventeenth highest Human Development Index in the country in large part due to years of systemic corruption.

The region of the state was created out of Cross River State on September 23, 1987, by the then Military Administration of General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida.

No central government existed among the people of what is now Akwa Ibom State, prior to the British invasion in 1904.

Although several Scottish missionaries arrived in Calabar in 1848, and Ibono in 1887, the British did not firmly establish control of the area until 1904.

Places to visit in Akwa Ibom State

  • Nwaniba Beach
  • Uta Ewa Beach
  • Ibeno Beach 9 Hole Golf Course
  • Women War Museum
  • Ibeno Beach, Ibeno
  • Mary Slessor’s Memorial Cairn
  • Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo
  • 1st Qua Iboe Church In Nigeria
  • Bridge of No Return, Ikot Abasi
  • Ibom Plaza, Uyo
  • Usaka Forest
  • The Monkey Colony In Itu
  • Maitama
  • Amalgamation House, Ikot Abasi
  • Iko Island Beach, Eastern Obolo
  • Tropicana Mall, Uyo
  • National Museum, Oron
  • Slave Trade Bunker
  • Ibom Icon and Golf Resort
  • Ididep Beauty Lake
  • The Green River in Ibesikpo
  • The Green Arcade, Brooks Street
  • Cenotaph Of The Women War Of 1929
  • Ibom eLibrary, Uyo
  • Rolling Hills of Itu
  • The Biodiversity Park
  • Four Point By Sheraton, Ikot Ekpene
  • Ukpenekang Beach
  • Okorroette Beach
  • The Blue And White River
  • Raffia City Plaza, Ikot Ekpene
  • Ibom Unity Park, Uyo

Rivers State

Rivers State, also known as Rivers, is a state in the Niger Delta region of southern Nigeria (Old Eastern Region).

Formed in 1967, when it was split from the former Eastern Region, Rivers State borders include Imo and Anambra to the north, Abia and Akwa Ibom to the east, and Bayelsa and Delta to the west.

The State capital, Port Harcourt, is a metropolis that is considered to be the commercial centre of the Nigerian oil industry.

With a population of 5,198,716 as of the 2006 census and 7,492,366 in 2023, Rivers State is the 7th most populous state in Nigeria.\

Natural resources

The state is famous for its vast reserves of crude oil and natural gas. 

It was perhaps the richest and most important section of the African zone of the British Empire. 

Rivers State has two major oil refineries, two major seaports, airports, and various industrial estates spread across the land. 

More than 60% of the country’s output of crude oil is produced in the state. 

Other natural resources found within its boundaries are silica sand, glass sand and clay.

Agriculture

Prior to the discovery of oil in commercial quantities in 1951, Agriculture was the primary occupation of the people of Rivers State. 

Around the 19th century when the industrial revolution reached its peak in England.

The area was then referred to as Oil Rivers Protectorate, this was due to its abundant palm oil and kernel which basically constituted the main revenue source of the country. 

In a sample survey carried out by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, about 40% of the rural inhabitants were committed to farming in 1983. 

Rivers State is one of the leading states in the production of yam, cassava, cocoyam, maize, rice and beans. 

About 39% (760,000 hectares) of the state’s total land mass, particularly in the upland area, is suitable for cultivation. 

Major cash crops produced are oil palm products, rubber, coconut, raffia palm and jute. 

Other crops grown for food include vegetables, melon, pineapples, mango, pepper, banana and plantain. 

The fishing industry is an important sector in Rivers State. Besides being lucrative, fishing is also a favourite pastime activity. 

There are approximately 270 species of fish existing; with many artisanal fishermen in the riverine areas. 

The state provides valuable seafood such as crabs, oysters, shrimps and sea snails among others. 

Vertebrates like birds, mammals and reptiles are also found in the region.

Government

 • Body –  Government of Rivers State

 • Governor  –  Siminalayi Fubara (PDP)

 • Deputy –  Ngozi Odu (PDP)

Infrastructure

Energy, and especially electricity is the key factor for economic growth. 

Rivers State has one of the nation’s highest per capita energy consumption rates. 

As of 2012, it had a power generation capacity of 400 megawatts, a significant improvement over a meagre 30 megawatts during the late nineties.

Its energy sector is protected by the government through legislation and funding. It is overseen by the ministries of Power, Energy and Natural Resources. 

The state’s oil-refining capacity is the biggest in the country, with more than 340,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

There’s a vast untapped potential in the state for solar power. Interest in solar energy has been increasing but not much has been invested. 

Up to now, energy production is insufficient to meet demand, resulting in frequent power outages, slow manufacturing and business performance.

Places to visit in Rivers State

  • Port Harcourt Pleasure Park
  • Garden City Amusement Park
  • Finima Beach
  • Finima Nature Park
  • TCK Family Park Rutaland
  • Rivers State Museum
  • Ikuru Atlantic beach
  • Port Harcourt Zoo
  • Port Harcourt Mall
  • Port Harcourt Pleasure Park
  • Genesis Deluxe Cinema

Delta State

Delta State was created out of the former Bendel State on 27 August 1991. The state was actualized following agitations for the realisation of a separate distinct state by the peoples of the old Delta Province.

There was yet another state request proposed as “Anioma State” comprising the Asaba and Agbor Divisions of the old Midwest region.

The then Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, recognized Delta state but chose “Asaba” a prominent town within the “Northwestern Lower Niger” as capital city.

The proposed capital was a virgin land in the heart of the two constituent divisions that constitutes the Northwestern Lower Niger.

Delta state was once integrated in the Mid Western state from 1963 to 1976 and later Bendel state, from 1976 to 1991. 

The name “Bendel” (Ben-Del) was coined from the old Benin and Delta Provinces of Western Region-Delta to reflect the integration of Benin and Delta provinces.

Government

 • Governor – Sheriff Oborevwori (PDP)

 • Deputy Governor –  Monday Onyeme (PDP)

Places to visit in Delta State

  • The Mungo park house
  • River Ethiope Source
  • The Residency
  • Nelson Mandela Garden
  • Otuogu Beach
  • Expatriate Graveyard
  • The Palace of Olu of Warri
  • Chief Nana’s Palace
  • Gordon’s River Resort
  • Effurun Garden Park
  • The Araya Bible Site
  • Lander Brothers Anchorage
  • Warri Township Stadium
  • Red Mangrove Swamp
  • Gold Tulip Hotels
  • Delta Shopping Mall
  • Ogbogonogo Modern Market
  • Abraka Turf and Country Club
  • Abraka River Resort Motel
  • De Grill Asaba
  • Saint Joseph Catholic Church

Ondo State

Ondo State (Yoruba: Ìpínlẹ̀ Oǹdó) is a state in southwestern Nigeria. It was created on 3 February 1976 from the former Western State. 

It borders Ekiti State to the north, Kogi State to the northeast for 45 km, Edo State to the east, Delta State to the southeast for 36 km, Ogun State to the southwest for 179 km, Osun State to the northwest for 77 km, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. 

The state’s capital is Akure, the former capital of the ancient Akure Kingdom. The State includes mangrove-swamp forest near the Bights of Benin.

Nicknamed the “Sunshine State”, Ondo State is the 19th most populated state in the country, and the 25th-largest state by landmass.

The state is predominantly Yoruba, and the Yoruba language is commonly spoken. The state economy is dominated by the petroleum industry. 

Cocoa production, asphalt mining, and activities related to the state’s extensive coastline also are part of the economy. 

It is the home to the Idanre inselberg hills, playing host to the highest geographical point in the western half of Nigeria at higher than 1,000 metres in elevation.

Places to visit in Ondo State

  • Idanre Hill
  • EFYx Health Club and Spa
  • Ebomi Lake
  • Wotts Garden
  • Smokin Hills Golf Resort
  • Akure Township Stadium
  • Akure Forest Reserve
  • Glass Hall Event Centre
  • Owo Museum
  • Araromi Beach
  • Ondo State Trade Fair Complex
  • Gani Fawehinmi Health Diagnostic Centre
  • Igbokoda Waterfront
  • Filmhouse Cinema, Akure
  • Igbo Olodumare
  • Oke Maria Hills
  • Federal University of Technology, Akure
  • O2 Base Arena
  • National Library of Nigeria, Ondo
  • Ondo State Library
  • Ondo State Trauma and Surgical Centre
  • Cave of Ashes Isharun

Kaduna State

Kaduna State is a state in the northwest geopolitical zone of Nigeria. 

The state capital is its namesake, the city of Kaduna which happened to be the 8th largest city in the country as at 2006. 

Created in 1967 as North-Central State, which also encompassed the modern Katsina State, Kaduna State achieved its current borders in 1987. 

Kaduna State is the fourth largest and third most populous state in the country, Kaduna State is nicknamed the Centre of Learning, owing to the presence of numerous educational institutions of importance within the state such as Ahmadu Bello University.

Modern Kaduna State is home to the sites of some of Africa’s oldest civilizations, including the Nok civilization that prospered from c. 1500 BC to c. 500 AD. 

In the 9th century, geographer and historian Ya’qubi documented the existence of the Hausa Kingdoms, which existed until the region was incorporated into the Sokoto Caliphate in the early 1800s. 

During the colonial era, the city of Kaduna was made the capital of Northern Nigeria Protectorate by British leadership.

The name Kaduna is believed to be a corruption of the Hausa word kada, which means crocodile; the Kaduna River previously hosted a large crocodile population.

The state economy is dependent on agriculture, especially cotton and groundnut production. 

In the modern era, Kaduna State has been the site of violent ethnic and religious conflict, with the 2002 Miss World riots in the state capital over purported blasphemy leading to around 250 deaths and the loss of homes for around 30,000.

Government

 • Governor – Uba Sani (APC)

 • Deputy Governor – Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe

Places to visit in Kaduna State

  • Kajuru Castle
  • Kofar Gamji park
  • Sultan Bello Masjid
  • National Library of Nigeria, Kaduna
  • Kamuku National Park
  • Gen. Hassan U. Katsina House
  • Almanar Academy Mosque
  • Fifth Chukker Polo and Country club
  • Nok Village
  • Kofar Gamji park
  • Kaduna Golf Club
  • Kaduna River
  • Kaduna State Library
  • Emir of Zazzau Palace
  • Matsirga Waterfalls
  • Fifth Chukker Polo and Resort
  • Lugard Hall

Imo State

Imo State (Igbo: Ȯha Imo) is a state in the South-East geopolitical zone of Nigeria, bordered to the north by Anambra State, Rivers State to the west and south, and Abia State to the east.

It takes its name from the Imo River which flows along the state’s eastern border. The state capital is Owerri and the state nickname is the “Eastern Heartland.”

Of the 36 states, Imo is the third smallest in area but is fourteenth most populous with an estimated population of over 5.4 million as of 2016.

Geographically, the state is divided between the Niger Delta swamp forests in the far east and the drier Cross–Niger transition forests in the rest of the state. 

Other key geographical features are the state’s rivers and lakes with the Awbana, Imo, Orashi, and Otamiri rivers along with the Oguta Lake in western Imo State.

Government

 • Governor  –  Hope Uzodinma (APC)

 • Deputy Governor  –  Placid Njoku (APC)

Places to visit in Imo State

  • Oguta Lake
  • Imo Palm Plantation
  • Owerri Zoo, Nekede
  • Assumpta Cathedral, Owerri
  • Iyi Ogidi Spring
  • National Museum, Owerri
  • Ngwu Natural Spring Water
  • Palm Beach Holiday Resort
  • The Dan Anyiam Stadium
  • Eze Silver Ibenyi Ugbala II Palace
  • Mbari Cultural and Arts Center
  • Rolling Hills, Okigwe
  • Mbari Cultural Centre

Kano State

Kano State is one of the 36 states of Nigeria, located in the northern region of the country. According to the national census done in 2006, Kano State is the most populous state in Nigeria. 

The recent official estimates taken in 2016 by the National Bureau of Statistics found that Kano State was still the largest state by population in Nigeria. 

Created in 1967 out of the former Northern Region, Kano State borders on Katsina State to the northwest for about 210 km (130 miles), Jigawa State to the northeast for 355 km (221 miles), Bauchi State to the southeast for 131 km (82 miles), and Kaduna State to the southwest for 255 km.

The state’s capital and largest city is the city of Kano, the second most populous city in Nigeria after Lagos. 

The incumbent governor of the state is Abba Kabir Yusuf. He was sworn in on 29 May 2023.

Places to visit in Kano State

  • Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport
  • Gidan Makama Museum
  • National Gallery of Art, Kano
  • Audu Bako Zoo
  • Kofar Mata Dyeing Pits
  • Porto Golf Resort
  • Hills and Valleys Amusement Park
  • Dala Hill
  • Kano city wall
  • Kano Polo Club
  • Kano Golf Club
  • Challawa Gorge Dam
  • Murtala Muhammed Library, Kano
  • Gidan Rumfa
  • Sani Abacha Stadium
  • House of Tara, Kano
  • Filmhouse Cinema, Kano
  • Great Mosque of Kano
  • Roxy Amusement Park, Kano
  • Bashir Uthman Tofa Mosque
  • Ado Bayero Mall

Enugu State

Enugu is the capital city of Enugu State in Nigeria. It is located in the southeastern part of Nigeria. 

The city had a population of 820,000 according to the last Nigerian census. 

The name Enugu is derived from the two Igbo words Énú Ụ́gwụ́, meaning “hill top”, denoting the city’s hilly geography. 

Enugu acquired township status in 1917 and was called Enugwu-Ngwo, but because of the rapid expansion towards areas owned by other indigenous communities, the city was renamed Enugu in 1928.

Since the 17th century the location of present-day Enugu has been inhabited by the Enugwu-Ngwo and Nike subgroups of the Igbo people. 

In 1900, the Southern Nigeria Protectorate was established by the colonial administration of the British Empire. 

The discovery of coal by the colonists led to the creation of what was then known as the Enugu Coal Camp, named after the nearby village of Enugu Ngwo, under which coal was first found. 

The nearby city of Port Harcourt was created for the purpose of shipping this coal abroad, being located 243 kilometres (151 mi) south of the camp.

Coal mining opportunities in Enugu attracted people from throughout the region; this marked the core of the first urban settlement of what is today known as simply Enugu. 

Enugu developed as one of the few cities in West Africa created entirely from European contact. By 1958 Enugu had over 8,000 coal miners. 

As of 2005 there are no significant coal mining activities left in the city.

Places to visit in Enugu State

  • The Oaklands
  • Milliken Hills
  • Ngwo Cave and Waterfall
  • Awhum waterfall
  • Ezeagu Tourist Complex
  • Vosan Wellness Resort
  • Enugu State Library
  • National Library of Nigeria, Enugu
  • Cave of Giants
  • Ezeagu Tourist Complex
  • Nike Lake Resort
  • Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium
  • Ani Ozalla Lake and Shrine
  • The Polo Park
  • Magic Garden
  • Ngwo Pine Forest
  • University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  • Silicon Hill, Enugu

Plateau State

Plateau State is the twelfth largest Nigerian state. 

It is located near the centre of Nigeria and includes a range of hills surrounding the Jos Plateau, its capital, and the entire plateau itself. 

The Plateau State is described as “The Home of Peace and Tourism”.

With natural formations of rocks, hills and waterfalls, it derives its name from the Jos Plateau and has a population of around 3.5 million people.

Places to visit in Plateau State

  • Kura Falls
  • National Library of Nigeria, Jos
  • Plateau State Library
  • Jos Museum
  • Jos wildlife park
  • Kurang Volcanic Mountain
  • Helena Farm
  • Museum of Nigeria for Traditional Architecture
  • National Gallery of Art, Jos
  • Rwang Pam Stadium
  • Wase Rock
  • Riyom rocks
  • Shere Hills
  • Assop Falls
  • Joseph Gomwalk House
  • Pandam Game Reserve
  • Jos Zoological Garden
  • Alliance Française Jos
  • Riyom Rock Formation
  • Rayfield Holiday Resort
  • Solomon Lar Amusement Park

Anambra State

Anambra State is a Nigerian state, located in the southeastern region of the country.

The state was created on 27 August 1991. Anambra state is bounded by Delta State to the west, Imo State and Rivers State to the south, Enugu State to the east and Kogi State to the north.

The State Capital is Awka, while the State’s Largest City is Onitsha. The state name was formed in 1976 from the former East Central State. 

Anambra state is named after Omambala River, a river that runs through the state. Anambra is the Anglicised name of the Omambala.

The State capital is Awka. The city of Onitsha, a historic port city from the pre-colonial era, remains an important centre of commerce within the state.

Nicknamed the “Light of the Nation”, Anambra State is the fourteenth most populous state in the nation, although that has seriously been argued against as Onitsha.

The state’s biggest and most populous urban area was discovered to be over 1.6 million in population in 2022 by Africapolis which makes Onitsha one of the largest urban areas in Nigeria by population.

Government

 • Governor –  Charles Chukwuma Soludo (APGA)

 • Deputy Governor – Gilbert Onyekachukwu Ibezim (APGA)

Places to visit in Anambra State

  • Ogbunike Caves
  • Agulu Lake
  • Owerre Ezukala Waterfall
  • Nzam Waterfall
  • Onitsha Mall
  • National Museum of Colonial History
  • National Gallery of Art, Anambra
  • Rojenny Tourist Village
  • Anambra State Library
  • Keneth Dike Memorial Library
  • Eke Market
  • Nri Kingdom
  • Odinani museum Nri
  • Igbo Ukwu
  • River Niger Bridge

Edo State

Edo, officially known as Edo State, is a state located in the South-South geopolitical zone of the federal republic of Nigeria. 

As of the 2006 National population census, the state was ranked as the 24th populated state (3,233,366) in Nigeria.

The state population is expected to be about 4,777,000 in 2022. Edo State is the 22nd largest State by landmass in Nigeria.

The state’s capital and largest city, Benin City, is the fourth largest city in Nigeria, and the centre of the country’s rubber industry.

Created in 1991 from the former Bendel State, it is also known as the heart beat of the nation.

Edo State borders Kogi State to the north for 133 km and across the Niger River for 81 km to the northeast, Anambra State to the east for about four km across the Niger River.

Delta State to the southeast and south for 350 km (218 miles), and Ondo State to the west.

The modern borders of Edo State encompasses regions that were formerly the site of various empires and kingdoms of the second dynasty formed in the 11th century AD, the Benin Empire.

The ancient city of Edo, the site of modern-day Benin City, was home to some of the largest earthworks in the world. In 1897, the British Empire conducted a punitive expedition of the region, destroying most of the ancient city of Edo and incorporating the territory into what would become the Southern Nigeria Protectorate.

Government

 • Governor  –  Godwin Obaseki (PDP)

 • Deputy Governor  –  Philip Shaibu (PDP)

Places to visit in Edo State

  • The Oba of Benin Palace
  • Somorika Hills
  • W National Park
  • Ososo Tourist Centre
  • Mono River Benin City
  • Okomu National park
  • Ughoton
  • Ukponahusi Edun
  • Okomu National Park
  • The Benin Moat
  • The Tombstone of Captain James Phillip
  • Igun-Eronmwon Quarters
  • The Local markets
  • Chief Ogiamen’s House
  • National Museum, Benin City
  • Igun Bronze Casters And Crafts Centre
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