FACTS

Capital: Abakaliki

Motto: Salt of the Nation

Population: 4,339,136 (2005 est.) 

 

Area: 5,935 sq km

 

Local Government Areas

 

       13

 

Abakaliki, Afikpo North, Afikpo South, Ebonyi, Ezza North, Ezza South, Ikwo, Ishielu, Ivo, Izzi, Ohaozara, Ohaukwu, Onicha

GEOGRAPHY

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Climate:

Festivals: Two important traditional festivals are observed every year: the masquerade and the New Yam Festivals. The masquerade is a very important and colourful institution, and features the Omaba Ekpe and Ogbodu masquerades. The New Yam festival is known by various names, such as Joku, lhejoku or Njoku ji. The festival marks the end of the farming season and ushers in the harvest and consumption of the new yam.There are a variety of colourful dances in the State. The notable ones are the "Nkwa Umuagbogho" of Ehugbo, "Nkwa Nwite" of Ehugbo, "Oji anya lere" of Amasiri, "Uri" and "Akpoha lgurube" and the "Dibugwu" cultural dances of OgbuEdda. 

 

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TOURISM:

  • The Abakaliki Green Lake: It is located right inside Government House. Small huts are built there for relaxation and for visitors to admire the many wonders of nature.

  • The Abakaliki Golf Course: The environment is naturally beautiful and equipped for games by golf players. It is equally located at Abakaliki, the State capital.

  • The Amusement Park: This park is wonderfully made as a relaxation spot especially for children. It is well equipped to serve the purpose. It is a place you cannot afford to miss as a visitor to Ebonyi State. It is also located at Abakaliki, the capital of Ebonyi State.

  • Amanchor Cave: The cave Is located at Amanchor in Afikpo South. The Cave is about 4 kilometers long. Plans are underway to develop this cave, as it is capable of attracting visitors to the site from within and outside the country.

  • The Golden Sand Beaches at Ndibe, Ozizza and Unwana (all in Afikpo zone of the State) and Oferekpe Beach in Ikwo LGA of the State are all tourism destinations in the State.

  • Mkpuma Ekwa Oku Rocks: These are rocks naturally shaped like eggs. These rock formations have been there for ages. They are located at Ndieze Community in Izzi Local Government Area.

  • Okposi Salt Lake: This is located at Okposi in Ohaozzara LGA. The economic importance of this lake is enormous. It has served as the economic base for most of the rural women in the area.

  • Abakaliki Greater Rice Husks: This is located at Abakaliki, the State capital, precisely at the rice mill industry. During rice production, the rice husks are piled into heaps, which makes them look like sand dunes in the desert.

  • Slave Market/Route at Ezza North/South: This is one of the legacies of the infamous trade on human cargo that took place In Africa.

PEOPLE

Main ethnic groups:  Igbo

Languages: Subgroups of the Igbo languages are Afikpo, Mgbo, Izzi, Ezaa, Edda, Ikwo, Kukele, Legbo, Mbembe,Okposi,Uburu and Oring

 

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QUICK HISTORY

Ebonyi State is a state of Nigeria, in the south of the Eastern region. It is inhabited and populated primarily by Igbo. Its capital and largest city is Abakaliki. It is one of the six states created in 1996 by the Abacha government. Ebonyi was created from parts of both Enugu State and Abia State. It is the location of the Federal College of Agriculture, Ishiagu.

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