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Anambra State
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Capital Awka
Land Area & Rank 4,416 sq km (36)
Year Created Feb. 3, 1976
Governor Willie Obiano, APGA
Deputy Gov Dr. Nkem Okeke
L.G.A 21
House of Assembly 30
Major Areas/Towns Awka (Capital), Onitsha, Nnewi, Ihiale, Nkpor.
Local Dialects Igbo
Motto “Home for All”
Population 2006 Census:
Rank & Sex: 4,182,032 (10)
Male: 2,174,641
Female: 2,007,391
Contact Phone Gov. Office: 234-48-550868
SSG: 234-48-550188
Liason Office 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
Lagos.
Tel: 01-615783
Government
Local Government Areas
LGA Headquarter
Aguata Aguata
Anambra East Otuocha
Anambra West Nzam
Anaocha Neni
Awka North Achalla
Awka South Awka
Ayamelum Anaku
Dunukofia Ukpo
Ekwusigo Ozubulu
Idemili North Ogidi
Idemili South Ojoto
Ihiala Ihiala
Njikoka Abagana
Nnewi North Nnewi
Nnewi South Ukpor
Ogbaru Atani
Onitsha North Onitsha
Onitsha South Fegge
Orumba North Ajalli
Orumba South Umunze
Oyi Nteje
Hotels & Tourism

Important places: Agulu-Nri Lake at Anaocha Local Government Area, Ogbunike cave, Agulu/Nanka erosion site at Anaocha local government area, Iyiocha/Amaokpala Lake at Aguata local government area, Owerri-Ezukala cave at Orumba South local government area, Ajalli cava, Obutu Lake and Otuocha Sand Beach. Meseums: Nri Museum, Enugwu-Ukwu Museum, and Igbo-Ukwu Museum

Important Events: The annual Ofalla Festival, Ijele Masquerade and the annual new yam festival from August-September

Hotels
Anambra Hotels
Nkisi Road,
P.M.B. Box1782
Onitsha
Tel: 234--46-210777

Bolingo Hotel
74-78, Zik Avenue
P.O.Box 101,Onitsha
Tel: 234-46-210877

Choice Hotels Limited
71, Achalla Road
Akwa
Tel: 234-48-553831, 553652,

Higher Heritage Regency Hotel.
Heritage Drive,
Omagba Layout,
P.O.Box 1850
Onitsha
Tel: 234-46-211769
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 capital.

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.  

Boundaries/Neighbours:

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.

Topography:

Undulating surface and rises toward the Obosi Hills. The river Niger is the principal land feature in the state.

Climate:

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.

Education:

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 owned.

Economy:

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.

Agriculture:

Agricultural produce in the state includes; rice, maize, oil, citrus, mangos, yams, cassava, melon, kola, palm oil and poultary products.

Mineral/Natural Resources:

Clay, Kaolin, Natural gas and Petroleum, Sandstones, Iron Stones, Lignite, Coal, Gypsum and Bentonite.

Famous Natives:

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), Musician. 
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