1 of 36 Nigerian States
The Eastern Heartland

Year of Creation

February 3, 1976

Size of State

5,430 sq km

Capital City


Other Major Town(s)

Oguta and Avu

Major Ethnic Group(s)


 Language(s) Spoken



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

State Website

  • Imo State was created in 1976 under the leadership of the late military ruler Murtala Muhammad, having been previously part of East-Central State.
  • The state is named after the Imo River.
  • Part of the state was split off in 1991 to create Abia State, and Ebonyi State.
  • It is located between Anambra State in the North, Rivers State in the South, Akwa Ibom State to the East and on the West by Delta State.
  • Natural Resources: Palm-Oil, Raffia Palm, Rice, Groundnut, Cotton, Cocoa, Rubber

Mbari Cultural Center

Located in Ikenegbu layout Owerri and at Eke-Nguru in AbohMbaise, the cultural center is an open air museum and home to the Mbari sculptural houses, which are robust art manifestations of the prevalent social life. They also serve as a monumental art sacrifice to “Ala,” the earth goodness. Other ancient dieties are also honored here and these sculptures reflect the lgbo aesthetics.

Oguta Lake Holiday Complex

The holiday complex consists of a fresh water lake, the second largest natural lake in the country after Lake Chad. Other amenities include a golf course, a mini-bunker and other relics of the Nigerian civil war, and so much more.

  • Rolling Hills of Okigwe
  • Owerri Amusement Park