1 of 36 Nigerian States
Treasure Base of the Nation

Year of Creation

February 3, 1976

Size of State

11,077 sq km

Capital City

Port Harcourt

Other Major Town(s)

Bonny, Ahoada, Emohua, Ikwerre, Ogba/EgbemaNdoni

Major Ethnic Group(s)

Abua, Andoni, Ekpeye, Engenni, Etche, Igbani, Ikwerre, Kalabari, Ndoni, Ogba, Ogoni, Okrika

 Language(s) Spoken

Igbo and Ikwere


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

State Website

  • Rivers State is one of the major oil-producing states in Nigeria; the heart of the hydrocarbon industry and thus responsible for a huge chunk of the nation’s foreign exchange earnings.
  • Port Harcourt, the state capital, is known throughout Nigeria as the “Garden City,” because of its beautiful layout and topography.
  • Port Harcourt is also Nigeria’s second busiest seaport.
  • The stateis bounded to the south by the Atlantic Ocean, to the north by Imo,  Abia and Anambra states, to the east by Akwa Ibom and to the west by Bayelsa and Delta states
  • Natural Resources: Crude oil and Natural gas

Boat Regattas in Bonny

  • Isaac Boro Park, Port Harcourt
  • Monument of King Jaja of Opobo
  • Okrika Aquatic Stadium
  • Ifoko Beach, Ifoko
  • Port Harcourt Tourist Beach