1 of 36 Nigerian States
God’s Own State

Year of Creation

August 27, 1991

Size of State

5,420 sq km

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Other Major Town(s)


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Tropical climate marked by two distinct seasons; the dry season (November – March) and the wet season (April – October)

State Website

  • “Abia” is an acronym from the first letters of the four ethnic groups that reside in the state: Aba, Bende, Isuikwuato and Afikpo
  • The state was carved out of Imo state, the industrial hub of the East
  • The state boast of undulating landscapes particularly the valleys between the Cameroun, Mandara and Adamawa mountains
  • Natural Resources: Petroleum, Natural Gas, Salt, Lead, and Zinc

Museum of Antiquities Ujari, Arochukwu

Many of the relics found here were collected through trade by barter with slave traders. They include a big bell from 1892, cannons, ancient chandeliers, large metal gongs, slave chains, brass plates, basins, buckets and silver jugs.

Azumini Blue River, Ukwa East

A well known tourist resort thanks to its crystal-clear blue water, canoe rides, and sandy beaches.

  • Akwette Weaving Centre Arts and Crafts
  • National War Museum in Umuahia
  • The Ohafia war dancers
  • Textile weavers of Akwete
  • The pottery works of Ishiagu
  • The long Juju of Arochukwu Cultural festivals