The states that make up Alaigbo are Anambra, Enugu, Imo, Ebonyi and Abia states, some parts of Delta, Rivers, and Cross Rivers States too.
In this edition, we'll be talking about what these states are known for.
Anambra got it's name from its river, the Omambala river. Anambra is rich in natural gas, crude oil, brauxite and ceramic. Also known for agrobased activities like farming, fishery, as well as land cultivated for pasturing and animal husbandry. Some of the largest towns in Anambra are Nnewi, Awka, and Onitsha. Onitsha is popularly known for their very big market, Main Market, Onitsha which is one of the largest markets in West Africa because of its geographical area and goods versatility. It is considered as West Africa's commercial powerhouse. The Omambala river also flows into the Atlantic Ocean.
ENUGU - Enú Úgwù (Hill Top)
Popularly known as the Coal City state. Enugu, the state capital became a major coal mining area and the only significant one in West Africa. Agriculture also plays an important role in the state's economy; yam, oil palms, corn (maize), rice and cassava are the main crops. Enugu also has rivers like the Ekulu river which is the largest body of water in Enugu of about 25 kilometres long and the popular Oji river. Nigeria's first indigenous university, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) is located in Enugu State.
Abia takes its name from the acronym of four of its most populated regions; Aba, Bende, Isuikwuato and Afikpo. The state capital is Umuahia while the largest city and commercial centre is Aba. Ariaria International Market which is one of the largest markets in West Africa is located in Aba, Abia state. This is where most of the “Made In Nigeria” and “Aba made” items are produced. The market is nicknamed “China of Africa” because of its versatility in making of wears and leather works. Abia state is also known for agriculture. Azumini blue river, a sparkling blue river surrounded by fine sands and glassy stones is located in Abia state. A tourist attraction in Abia.
Ebonyi state is known as the “salt of the nation” because of its large salt deposits. The people of Ebonyi are predominantly farmers and traders, their main farm produce are rice, yam, palm produce, cocoa, maize, groundnut, plantain, banana, cassava, sugarcane, melon, beans, fruits and vegetables.The other important geographical features are the Cross River and its tributary, the River Aloma, which flow along Ebonyi's southeastern and eastern borders, respectively; while fellow Cross River tributaries, the Abonyi (Aboine), Asu, and Eze Aku rivers run through the state's interior.
IMO state is one of the most densely populated areas in Nigeria. Most known for their engagement in Agriculture; yams, taro, corn (maize), rice and cassava are the staple crops while palm oil is the main cash crop. Owerri, the state capital is known for manufacturing beverages, galvanised sheet iron, leather products and soap. It is also the seat of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (founded in 1980). Oguta lake is also located in Imo state, it is said that two angry rivers flow without ever coming together. One half of the lake is brownish, while the other half is green.m, the waters can never come together.
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