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Edo State
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Capital Benin City
Land Area & Rank 19,281.93 sq km (24)
Year Created August 27, 1991
Governor Godwin Obaseki, APC
Deputy Gov Philip Shuaibu
L.G.A 18
House of Assembly 24
Major Areas/Towns Benin City (Capital), Ekpoma, Uromi, Auchi, Okada
Local Dialects Edo, Esan, Afaima, Ika
Motto “Heart Beat of the Nation”
Population 2006 Census:
Rank & Sex: 3,218,332 (24)
Male: 1,640,461
Female: 1,577,871
Contact Phone Gov. Office: 234-52-258780
SSG: 234-52-250324
Website: www.edostateofnigeria.gov.ng
Liason Office Abuja Liaison Office:
Edo House
75, Raph Sodeinde Street
Opp. Ministry. Of Finance
Tel: 09-3143356
Fax: 09-3143357

Lagos Liaison Office:
Edo House
Plot 1225, Ahmadu Bello way
Victoria Island
P.M.B. 12683, Lagos
Tel: 01-618438, 2610773
Local Government Areas
LGA Headquarter
Akoko-Edo Igarra
Egor Uselu
Esan Central Irrua
Esan North East Uromi
Esan South East Ubiaja
Esan West Ekpoma
Etsako Central Fugar
Etsako East Agenebode
Etsako West Auchi
Igueben Igueben
Ikpoba-Okha Idogbo
Oredo Benin City
Orhionmwon Abudu
Ovia North East Okada
Ovia South West Iguobazuwa
Owan East Afuze
Owan West Sabongidda-ora
Uhunmwode Ehor
Hotels & Tourism

Important places: Oba Palace, National Museum, the Famous Benin Moat; (the largest hand made earthwork encircling the ancient city dating back to the 13th century, Ogba zoo, Okomu Wildlife Sanctuary, Somorikia hills, Okada wonderland holiday resort.

Important Events: Igue festival (Benin New Year festival) in December. The Ukpesose festival in Otuo in January and March. Ovia festival, Ikhio festival in Ubiaja

Airport Hotel
55, Akenzua St
Benin City
Tel: 24-52-241932

Bendel Hotel
30, First Avenue, GRA
Benin City
Tel: 234-52-200120, 241883

Country Home Hotel
Km 6, Sapele Road
Benin City
Tel: 234-52-244641, 244394

Emotan Hotel
P.M.B 1126, GRA
Benin City
Tel: 234-52-240532, 200130

Precious Palm Royal Hotel
Benin - Lagos Road
Before University of Benin,
Benin City
Tel: 052-602074
Edo state is one of the states distinguished by the relative homogeneity of her people. The most persuasive logic is the cultural and linguistic affinities that exist among the various ethnic groups. Many of the communities trace their root to the ancient Benin Kingdom. Benin civilisation flourished between the 15th and 18th centuries and is famous for its brass, bronze and ivory sculpture. The Benin kingdom rose to it's apogee in the 19th Century and became well known in Europe. The kingdom collapsed under the European (British) pressure that disagreed with the king over diplomatic visit which the king was not ready to receive at a particular time. The kingdom was invaded in 1897 and the king; Oba Ovonramwen sent on exile in Calabar.

The state was created in 1991, after being part of Western region 1947-1963; Midwestern region 1963-1967; Midwest State 1967-1976 and and Bendel State 1976- 1991. In 1986, a notorious armed robber; Lawrence Anini; Alias the LAW laid siege on the state. He was arrested on December 3, 1986 and months later executed. In 1991, the old Bendel State was split and Delta State was created out of it, what was left of the old Bendel State was renamed Edo State. Edo state is located in South South zone of Nigeria.  


In the North is Kogi State, in the East and South by Delta State, in the West by Ekiti and Ondo States.


Low lying except in the North. The state lays within two vegetations, the forest belt; comprising the South and Central part and the Guinea Savannah belt of the Northern part. The Ovia and Orhionmwon rivers are the major rivers in the state


The state has both wet and dry seasons. December to March is the driest while April to November is wet. Average temperature is 280C.


Edo state is one of the most educationally advanced states in Nigeria. The state has four Universities; one Federal, one state and two privately owned. Also the state has one College of Education, one college of Agric and two Polytechnics; one state owned and one Federal - Auchi Polytechnic.


Edo state is largely an agrarian state; hence agricultural production sustains a good percentage of the populace both as a source of employment and for sustenance. The state has the following industries: Edo Pharmaceuticals Limited, Bendel Brewery Limited, Bendel Feed and Flour Mills Limited; among others; most of the Firms have either been privatised or on joint venture with private investors. The strategic location of the state; linking the north and south, east and west with good roads and airport had made her a centre of commerce. Also the peaceful and hospitality of the people placed the state in an enviable position for investors. Edo state stands out as one of the most peaceful states in the country. Investors and tourists will definitely find a home in the BIG Heart of the Nation, Edo state.


Agricultural produce in the state includes; cassava, maize, yam, plantain, fruits, pineapple, cashew, palm produce, rubber.

Mineral/Natural Resources:

Limestone, natural gas, Petroleum, Bitumen, Clay, Granite, Kaolin, Marble and precious stones. Timbers (wood) are in abundance throughout the state..

Famous Natives:

Solomon Erediauwa, Monarch (Oba of Benin). Anthony Enahoro, Statesman/Nationalist.). Gabriel Igbinedion, businessman. Victor Uwaifo, musician. Festus Iyayi, writer. John Momoh, broadcaster. Samuel Ogbemudia, Politician. Augustus Aikhomu, Politician. Sonny Okosun, Musician. Abel Guobadia, administrator, Tony Anenih, Politician, Stella Obasanjo, 1st Lady (1999- 2005). Julius Aghahowa, footballer. Adams Oshiomhole, Labour leader. Michael Imoudu, Labour leader. Gaius Jackson Obaseki, administrator. Chris Oyakhilome, clergy. Benson Idahosa, clergy. Hakeem Belo- Osagie, businessperson. Mike Akhigbe, navy officer rtd. Tom Ikimi, architect / Politician. Tony Momonh, lawyer. Larry Izamoje, sport journalist/administrator. Tony Iredia, broadcaster. Victor Vanni, businessman. Anthony Okogie,Clergy. Augustin Eguavoen, Footballer/Coach. Tony Aletor, stock broker/Insurer. Alex Usifo, actor. Dele Momodu, Journalist/Publisher. Bernard Oyaghire, chartered accountant. Taiwo Idemudia, economist. Bash Ali, boxer. John Oyegun, politician. Shuaibu Amodu, football coach. Soni Irabor, TV producer. Felix Ohiwerei, industrialist. Nosa Igiebor, Publisher/Journalist. John I. Ebhodaghe, chartered accountant. Godwin Oboh, banker. Basil Omiyi, administrator. Charles Osezua, administrator. Lawson Omokhodion, banker. Sam Loco Efe, actor/entertainer 
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