There haven't  always been 36 states

At independence in 1960, Nigeria had just one state organised as three Regions: NorthernWestern, and Eastern. In 1963, a new Mid-Western Region was carved out of the western region. In 1967, the regions were replaced by 12 states through a military decree. In 1976, 7 new states were created. Two new states were established in 1987, followed by another nine in 1991, bringing the total to 30. In 1996, the last 6 states were created to arrive at 36 states. The Federal Capital Territory was established in 1991.

The map below shows all 36 states. Each of these states, has a capital which is an  important centre and  also has its own motto, which you can see below the map.

STATES

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Katsina

Capital :   Kastina

Motto :     Home of Hospitality

Kebbi

Capital :   Birni-Kebbi

Motto :     Land of Equity

Kogi

Capital :   Lokoja

Motto :     The Confluence State

Kwara

Capital :   Ilorin

Motto :     State of Harmony

Lagos

Capital :   Ikeja

Motto :     Centre of Excellence

Nasarawa

Capital :   Lafia

Motto :     Home of Solid Minerals

Niger

Capital :   Minna

Motto :     The Power State

Ogun

Capital :   Abeokuta

Motto :     Gateway State

Ondo

Capital :   Akure

Motto :     Sunshine State

Osun

Capital :   Osogbo

Motto :     Land of Virtue

Oyo

Capital :    Ibadan

Motto :     Pace Setter State

Plateau

Capital :   Jos

Motto :     Home of Peace and Tourism

Rivers

Capital :   Port-Harcourt

Motto :     Treasure Base of the Nation

Sokoto

Capital :   Sokoto

Motto :     Seat of the Caliphate

Taraba

Capital :    Jalingo

Motto :     Nature’s Gift to the Nation

Yobe

Capital :   Damaturu

Motto :     Pride of the Sahel

Zamfara

Capital :   Gusau

Motto :     Farming is our Pride

Federal Capital Territory (FCT) 

Abuja

Motto :     Centre of Unity

Abia

Capital :   Umuahia

Motto :     God’s Own State

Adamawa

Capital :    Yola

Motto :      Land of Beauty Sunshine and Hospitality

Akwa Ibom

Capital :    Uyo

Motto :      Land of Promise

Anambra

Capital :    Awka

Motto :      Home of All

Bauchi

Capital :   Bauchi

Motto :     Pearl of Tourism

Bayelsa

Capital :   Yenogoa

Motto :     Glory of All Lands

Benue

Capital :   Makurdi

Motto :     Food Basket of the Nation

Borno

Capital :   Maiduguri

Motto :     Home of Peace

Cross River

Capital :   Calabar

Motto :     The People’s Paradise

Delta

Capital :   Asaba

Motto :     Finger of God

Ebonyi

Capital :   Abakaliki

Motto :     Salt of the Nation

Edo

Capital :   Benin-City

Motto :     Heart Beat of Nigeria

Ekiti

Capital :   Ado-Ekiti

Motto :     Fountain of Knowledge

Enugu

Capital :   Enugu

Motto :     Coal City State

 

Gombe

Capital :  Gombe

Motto :    Jewel in the Savannah

Imo

Capital :   Owerri

Motto :     Eastern heartland

Jigawa

Capital :   Dutse

Motto :     The New World

Kaduna

Capital :   Kaduna

Motto :     Centre of Education

Kano

Capital :   Kano

Motto :     Centre of Commerce

TIME TO THINK

  • Why do you think Nigeria was divided into states?

  • How do you think the names of the different states were chosen?

Nigeria is one country - but if you look closer it is made up of 36 states and a federal capital territory (Abuja) and if you look at these states even closer you will see 774 local government areas spread around these states.

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