Ebonyi State, Nigeria

Capital: Abakaliki
Area: 5,533 km2
Population: 1,739,136 (2005 est.)
Languages: Igbo
Governor: Dave Umahi (PDP)
ISO 3166-2: NG-EB
Date Created: 1 October 1996
Population Rank: Ranked 34



Ebonyi State is an inland south-eastern state of Nigeria, populated primarily by Igbos. Its capital and largest city is Abakaliki. Afikpo is the second largest city. Other major towns are Onueke, Nkalagu, Uburu, Onicha, Ishiagu, Amasiri and Okposi. It is one of the six new states in Nigeria created in 1996; Ebonyi was created from the of old Abakaliki division of Enugu State and old Afikpo division of Abia State.

The state which is situated in the South-eastern part of the country shares boundaries with Benue to the north, Enugu to the northwest, Abia to the south-east and Cross River to the east.


Ebonyi State was created out of former Abia and Enugu states on October 1st 1997 by the Federal Military Government.


They are predominately ibos

Local Government Areas

Ebonyi is divided into 13 local government: Abakaliki, Afikpo North, Afikpo South, Ebonyi, Ezza North, Ezza South, Ikwo, Ishielu, Ivo, Izzi, Ohaozara, Ohaukwu, Onicha


There are many primary and post primary schools all over the state and four tertiary educational institutions namely the Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana, the Federal School of Agriculture, Ishiagu, the Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo, and the Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki.

Business Opportunities

Agriculture is the major occupation of the people of the state. The crops produced are yam, cassava, plantain, banana, maize, cocoyam. Others are palm produce, cocoa and rubber.

Mineral resources in the state include salt which is mined locally in the Uburu/Okposi salt lakes of Ohaozara. There are some industries in the state which engage in production of plastic and block and food processing.


Umuana Afikpo Golden Natural Lake Sand Beach

Useful Resources

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State Liason Office:
Plot 146, Mississippi Street,Off Alvan Ikoku Way, Maitama District,P. M. B. 5034, Wuse, Abuja