1 of 36 Nigerian States
The Confluence State

Year of Creation

August 27, 1991

Size of State

32,440 sq km

Capital City


Other Major Town(s)

Ibaji, Kabba, Kogi and Okene

Major Ethnic Group(s)

Igala, Yoruba, Idoma, Ebira, and Ugori

 Language(s) Spoken

Ebira, Igala, Nupe and Yoruba


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

State Website

  • It’s most popularly known for Lokoja, its capital and also the confluence of Rivers Niger and Benue, the largest rivers in Nigeria.
  • It was also the first administrative region of modern day Nigeria.
  • Kogi state shares boarders with 10 States (9 States and FCT), most of any other state in Nigeria.
  • Natural Resources: Steel, Petroleum, Coal, Limestone, Marble and Tin.

The Confluence of Rivers Niger and Benue

River Niger remained a marvel to the Europeans until John and Richard Landers passed through the Confluence on October 25, 1830, completing the journey that Mungo Park had started years earlier.  Rivers Niger and Benue are two of the largest rivers in West Africa and they converge at Lokoja forming a Y-shaped structure, draining southwards into the Ocean. Fishing is carried on extensively, in addition to ferry and boating services run by The Inland Water Ways Divisions of the Federal Ministry of Transport.

The Iron of Liberty

Lokoja was an important center for slave trade in Nigeria because of its location near the banks of River Niger. It aroused a great deal of interest in the European explorers and missionaries in the early 19th century, and soon became a commercial post for European merchants and missionaries.  When the British Government decided to end the slave trade, Lokoja became a collection center for recently freed slaves. The spot where they were freed is marked with an iron pole called the “Iron of Liberty.”

War Cemetery

This cemetery is the biggest European cemetery in Nigeria, containing the remains of European missionaries and soldiers of the West African Frontier Force (WAFF) stationed in Lokoja until 1926.  Some of the tombstones date as far back as 1867.  There is also the World War memorial erected in memory of the soldiers who died during the two World Wars.

  • Borgu Game Reserve
  • Ekuechi Festival of the Ebirras
  • Kpata Rock, Bassa Physical
  • Warlord War Cenotaph Monument