1 of 36 Nigerian States
Light of the Nation

Year of Creation

August 27, 1991

Size of State

4,844 sq km

Capital City


Other Major Town(s)

Onitsha, Nnewi, and Anambra

Major Ethnic Group(s)


 Language(s) Spoken

Igala & Igbo


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

State Website

  • The name is an anglicized version of the original ‘OmaMbala’, the native name of the Anambra River, a tributary of River Niger.
  • Its history stretches back to the 9th century AD, as revealed by archaeological excavations at Igbo-Ukwu and Ezira showing great works of art in iron, bronze, copper, and pottery works belonging to the ancient Kingdom of Nri.
  • It boarders 5 states with Kogi to the north, Delta to the west, Enugu to the east and to the south, Imo and Rivers states.
  • Natural Resources: Natural Gas, Crude Oil, Bauxite

Onitsha Writer’s Market

According to Nigerian author Chinua Achebe, Onitsha has always attracted the ‘exceptional, the colorful, the bizarre’.  As if to prove a point, Onitsha Market has paperbacks with wild and wacky titles like Husbands and Wives Who Hate Themselves or My Seven Young Daughters Are after Young Boys.  They also come with incisive critical appraisals that double up as practical reading tips like, ‘this book entertains more than two bottles of beer’.

Rojenny Tourist Village

At the outskirts of Onitsha market town is Rojenny Village, one of the leading tourist resorts in Nigeria.  Among the many attractions are an amusement park, joy rides and sporting/relaxation facilities.

The Atilogwu Dance

Literally meaning “Is this magic?” the Atilogwu dance has been elevated to a dazzling art form, particularly by the Igbos in Anambra State. It is a vigorous dance that combines elements of gymnastics and foot-stomping rhythms exuded with brilliant colors.  It requires rigorous training at a young age making it a celebrated signature of Nigerian culture, performed around the world.

Ogbunike Cave

Found a few kilometers from Onitsha market town, the cave is the very wonder of nature, segmented into sections for maximum exploration and each with a distinct legend best heard from the mouths of native tour guides.

  • Agulu Lake, Agulu
  • Anaocha Local Government Area
  • Anamputu Lake, Ihiala
  • Ogba Cave