Motto: God's Own State
Population: 4,222,476 (2005 estimate)
Area: 6,320 square km
Local Government Area:
Aba North, Aba South, Arochukwu, Bende, Ikwuano, Isiala Ngwa North, Isiala Ngwa South, Isuikwuato, Obi Ngwa, Ohafia, Osisioma Ngwa, Ugwunagbo, Ukwa East, Ukwa West, Umuahia North, Umuahia South, Umu Nneochi
Main ethnic groups: Igbo
Akpe Festival in Umuahi
AmaforIsingwu bi annual Iza aha ceremony
Ugwuabia (the pride of Abia) festival is a grassroot festival where all the LGAs in the State come to showcase the best of all their culture in a carnival.
Major tourist attractions include:
the National War Museum and Ojukwu Bunker in Umuahia.
Azumini Blue River in Ukwa East
the Long Juju of Arochukwu.
The Ohafia war dancers, textile weavers of Akwete,
the pottery works of Ishiagu all form part of the rich cultural heritage of Abia State.
Other tourist sites include: The Amakama Wooden Cave at Amakama, and The Museum of Colonial History in Aba.
Abia State was carved out of Imo State on 27th August, 1991 during the Ibrahim Babangida military regime. The name "Abia" is an acronym from the first letters of the four groups of people: Aba, Bende, Isuikwuato and Afikpo, (with the creation of Ebonyi state Afikpo ceased to be part of Abia State) that constitute the state. The Area known as Abia State was part of the then East Central State created by the Military Government of General Gowon on May 27th, 1967. On 3rd February 1976, the area also became part of Imo State created by the Federal Military Government of the late General Murtala Muhammad.
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