Anambra State, Nigeria

Capital: Awka
Area:  4,844 km˛
Population: 7,821,858 (2005 est.)
Number of Languages:  Igbo
Governor: Willie Obiano (APGA)
ISO 3166-2: NG-AN
Date Created: 27 August 1991
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About

Anambra is a state in south-central Nigeria. It has one of the highest population densities in Africa. This has posed other serious problems from undue pressure on the state's resources, fragile infrastructure, environmental sanitation and social services, etc. This pressure is especially evident in its huge commercial nerve center of Onitsha.

 

History

Anambra State was created on the 3rd of February, 1977. It was one of the two states carved out of the former East Central State.

On August 27, 1991, Enugu State was created out of Anambra State and its capital was moved to Awka.
The state derives it name from the Anambra river which runs north to south through the state.

People

The industrious and hospitable people of Anambra State are Igbos, and they are great industrialists, entrepreneurs, and craftsmen. Onitsha has the largest market of its kind in the ECOWAS sub-region

Local Government Areas

Aguata, Anambra East, Anambra West, Anaocha, Awka North, Awka South, Ayamelum, Dunukofia, Ekwusigo, Idemili North, Idemili south, Ihiala, Njikoka, Nnewi North, Nnewi South, Ogbaru, Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Orumba North, Orumba South, Oyi.

Education

Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, College of Education, Nsugbe, and College of Agriculture, Igbanam. ANAMBRA STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (www.uiowa.edu)

Business Opportunities

Several raw industrial materials and agro-products are located in various parts of the state and they include Oil Palm, Maize, Rice, Yam, Cassava, and Fish.

Enamel-ware and Cotton Textile Mills at Onitsha.

Tourism

Ogbunike Caves Natural/Physical * Rojeny Tourist Village Man-made Oba * Mmanwu Festival Enugu Cultural * Agudu lake/Gully Natural * Aguleri Game Reserve Eco-Tourism * Igbo Ukwu Archaelogical Monuments Reservations, There is the yearly Ofalla festival, the Ijele masquerade and also the yearly new yam festival.

Useful Resources

Traditions of Onitsha
Onitsha Ado Improvement Union
www.onitsha.org
Madonna University, Okija private University (www.munet.com)

Schools on The Web:
Madonna University, Okija private University (www.munet.com)

Contact

State Liason Office:
Lagos:
Plot 476, Yauri Close, Off Jere/Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti Street, Garki II, Abuja