1 of 36 Nigerian States
Food Basket of the Nation

Year of Creation

February 13, 1976

Size of State

34,059 sq km

Capital City


Other Major Town(s)

Kastina Ala, Logo, Oju, Guma, and Ador

Major Ethnic Group(s)

Tiv, Idoma, Igede, Etulo, Jukun, Hausa, Akwueya, and Reyiton

 Language(s) Spoken

Idoma, Igede and Tiv


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

State Website

  • Major producer of yams, rice, sesame, soyabean, sorgum, maize, guinea corn, beans, cassava, groundnuts and bambara nuts including tree crops like oil palm, mango, orange, cashew, kola nuts.
  • There is a great deal of livestock resources which include goats, poultry, sheep, pigs and a variety of fish
  • Natural Resources: Limestone, Coal, Gypsum, Barytes, and Feldspar.

The Hills of Benue

The entire landmass is full of hills of various shades and texture, each with its unique tourist appeal. Mild weather condition at lkyogen Hills ensures steady green vegetation and a year-round grazing of animals at Ikyogen Cattle Ranch. Ushogbo Hills in Ushogbo town also offers most fulfilling spot for tourists and adventures. Bassa Hills, like the Ushogbo Hills, are worth visiting especially for their satisfying scenery while Swern Hills are valued for their historical linkages.

  • Enemebia Falls & Warm Spring
  • Ingongh Dance &Kwaghir theatrical display
  •  Ushongo Hills