|Land Area & Rank
||4,416 sq km (36)
||Feb. 3, 1976
||Willie Obiano, APGA
||Dr. Nkem Okeke
|House of Assembly
||Awka (Capital), Onitsha, Nnewi, Ihiale, Nkpor.
||“Home for All”
Rank & Sex: 4,182,032 (10)
||Gov. Office: 234-48-550868
Abuja Liason Office:
Plot 476, Yauri Close,
by Rita Lori Hotel, Garki 11
P.O. Box 7774, Wuse, Abuja
Tel/Fax: 09-2346496, 2349469,
Lagos Liaison Office:
Plot 1231, Ahmadu Bello way
P.M.B. 80073, Victoria Island
|Local Government Areas
74-78, Zik Avenue
Choice Hotels Limited
71, Achalla Road
Tel: 234-48-553831, 553652,
Higher Heritage Regency Hotel.
The state derives its name from the Anambra River; which
is a tributary of the famous river Niger. Anambra State is a
homogeneous ethnic Igbo society. They are widely known
for their resourcefulness and businesss dogmatism. The
state lies in the south east zone of the country. Prior to
Nigeria independence in 1960 the area was part of the
eastern region until 1967 when Gen Yakubu Gowon
created East Central State and Enugu as the capital. In
another state creation exercise in 1976 by Gen. Murtala
Mohammed; Anambra State was created; also Enugu as the
In August 27, 1991, the larger or old Anambra
State was broken into two. Enugu State was created out of
it and the capital changed from Enugu to Awka. On July
10, 2003, the state witnessed a major political quagmire.
An elected governor- Chris Ngige was said to have
resigned; in what seemed like a failed palace coup, the
Governor refuted the claim and said he was abducted by
his political “god-father” Chris Uba. This was not without
its consequence; the then deputy governor- Chris Udeh was
sacked along with other accomplices of the abduction.
After about three years as a Governor, the then Governor;
Chris Ngige was removed from office by an appeal Court
which annulled his election. Peter Obi was sworned in as
Governor. On -------- Governor Obi was impeached by the
state house of assembly; and Virgina Etiaba his deputy was
sworned-in as Governor, making her the first Female
Governor of state in Nigeria.
On ------ the Supreme Court
voided Peter Obi impeachment and he was reinstated. On -
--------- the Supreme Court annulled the election of April
14, 2007 which declared Andy Uba as Governor of the
state, by the Supreme Court interpretation, the seat of
Governor was not vacant as at the time of the election, and
Peter Obi once again reinststed for the third time.
In the West is Delta State
demarcated by the river Niger; in the East is Enugu State,
in the North is Kogi State and in the South is Imo State.
Undulating surface and rises toward the
Obosi Hills. The river Niger is the principal land feature in
Two main season; dry and rain are experienced
in the state. The rain season last from April – October,
while the dry season lasts from November – March,
December through early February is coldest due to the
North east (Harmattan) wind. Maximum temperature is
320C. The state lies entirely in the rain forest region.
The State has one Polytechnic at Oko, one
College of Education at Nsugbe, one College of
Agriculture at Igbanam and three Universities – One
Federal; Nnamdi Azikiwe University at Awka; and One
state owned; Anambra state University of science and
Technology- Uli ; and Madonna University; privately
The Anambras are great industrialists,
entrepreneurs and artisans. It is a common believe that any
Nigerian made goods is by the Igbo man, so often you hear
‘Igbo made’ telling you that it is a Nigerian made goods.
The Onitsha market is the largest of its kind in the Ecowas
(West Africa) sub region. Commerce is at its peak in the
Onitsha main market.
Agricultural produce in the state includes;
rice, maize, oil, citrus, mangos, yams, cassava, melon,
kola, palm oil and poultary products.
Clay, Kaolin, Natural gas
and Petroleum, Sandstones, Iron Stones, Lignite, Coal,
Gypsum and Bentonite.
Nnamdi Azikiwe, Statesman/Nigeria1st
President 1960-1966. Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, Politician.
Emeka Anyaoku, diplomat. Francis Arinze, Clergy. Pius
Okigbo, Lawyer/economist. Chuba Okadigbo, Politician.
Chukwuemeke Chikelu, administrator. Arizu Nwafor,
statesman/Senate President (1964). Arthur Mbanefo,
Chartered accountant/businessman. Emeka Ofor,
businessperson. Nnoruka Udechukwu, Lawyer (SAN).
Chinu Achebe, novelist. Dora Akunyili,
pharmacist/administrator (DG of NAFDAC). Cyprian
Ekwensi, Pharmacist/novelist. Chukwuemake Ike,
educationist/writer. Lazarus Ekwueme, Music
professor/educationist. Alex Ekwueme, Nigeria Vice
President (1979-1983). Nonye Nwangwu (Ms)
administrator. Charles Soludo, administrator (CBN
Governor 2003- ) Oliver S. Akanite (Oliver De Coque),