25 Interesting Facts about Nigeria’s 36 States

If you alphabetically list the capitals against the states, including the FCT, the capital of OGUN would be MAIDUGURI, while only 4 states will still retain their capitals; ENUGU, GOMBE, RIVERS, and SOKOTO.

2. The slogan or appellation for BORNO, is ‘HOME OF PEACE‘.

3. CROSS RIVER is 2½ times bigger in land size than OSUN. Yet, it has 18 local government areas while OSUN has 30 local government areas.

4. NIGER is 21.35 times larger than LAGOS while LAGOS is 3 times more populous than NIGER.

5. CROSS RIVER is the only state that has a tourist centre in nearly all its L.G.As. That is why it is called ‘THE PEOPLE’S PARADISE‘. CALABAR, the state capital, has more hotels than churches.

6. With the current rate of environmental degradation in the South-South, environmental experts have predicted that whole of BAYELSA may be under water by the year 2050.

7. EDO is the only state in the South-South, without direct access to the Atlantic Ocean.

8. LAGOS is 20% water and it is the state with the most bridges in the country.

9. KANO has the highest number of Local Government Areas in Nigeria (44) while BAYELSA has the lowest (8).

10. OGUN, KASTINA and NIGER are the only states to have produced two Heads-of-State/Presidents.

11. OGUN has produced the most Deputy Heads-of-State/Vice Presidents in the country (4).

12. AKAMKPA, a local government in CROSS RIVER, is larger than ANAMBRA and LAGOS in land mass.

13. ANAMBRA is the second-most densely populated state in Nigeria after LAGOS. It also has the lowest poverty rate in Nigeria.

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Nigeria’s 36 States.

14. IBADAN, capital of OYO State, has more local government areas (11) than BAYELSA (8).

15. The longest driving distance between two State capitals is IKEJA (LAGOS) to MAIDUGURI (BORNO) with a distance of 1714 km.

16. KOGI is the only State in Nigeria that shares a boundary with 10 other States and the Federal Capital Territory (Nigeria), Abuja– to the North.

The 10 States are:

Nasarawa – to the North-East

Benue – to the East

Enugu – to the South-East

Anambra – to the South

Delta – to the South-South

Edo – to the South-West

Ondo – to the West

Ekiti – to the West

Kwara – to the North-West

Niger – to the North

Interestingly, the name “Nigeria” was coined in the capital, Lokoja, by Flora Shaw Lugard in 1898 while gazing at the River Niger which she originally named ‘Niger-area‘.

17. IBADAN is larger in size than EKITI, ABIA, EBONYI, IMO, ANAMBRA and LAGOS.

It is more populous than ONDO, OSUN, KOGI, ZAMFARA, ENUGU, KEBBI, EDO, PLATEAU, ADAMAWA, CROSS RIVER, ABIA, EKITI, KWARA, GOMBE, YOBE, TARABA, EBONYI, NASARAWA, BAYELSA and ABUJA, FCT.

And it is more industrialized than SOKOTO, JIGAWA, ADAMAWA, TARABA, PLATEAU, EBONYI, EKITI, OSUN, BAYELSA, CROSS RIVER, KWARA, KOGI, KADUNA, KEBBI, GOMBE, YOBE, ZAMFARA, SOKOTO, BAUCHI, BENUE and BORNO and ABUJA, FCT.

18. OGUN is the most industrialised state in Nigeria.

19. At 60 mph, it takes the Nigerian locomotive train 11 hours and 24 minutes to pass through NIGER.

20. It takes a vehicle travelling at an average speed of 100 km/hr, 1 minute 30.22 seconds to cross the River Niger Bridge at LOKOJA, KOGI.

21. Taxis and buses in LAGOS are yellow because humans see yellow faster than any other colour, which is important in avoiding accidents.

22. CROSS RIVER, KWARA and PLATEAU are the only states whose first two letters are consonants.

23. All states that start with the letter A, also end with the letter A and their capitals too ending with the letter A, ABIA (Umuahia), ADAMAWA (Yola), ANAMBRA (Awka), except AKWA-IBOM (Uyo).

24. No State has the letters Q and X.

25. LAGOS, OYO, ONDO, OSUN, EKITI, KWARA, KOGI, DELTA, EDO, RIVERS, IMO, ENUGU, EBONYI, AKWA-IBOM, CROSS RIVER, BENUE, NASARAWA, TARABA, GOMBE, ADAMAWA, ZAMFARA, KEBBI, JIGAWA, KADUNA and YOBE have not produced neither a Prime Minister, Head-of-State nor President.

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Ayomide Akinbode

Ayomide Akinbode holds a degree in Chemistry but has a passion for History and Classics. When he is not writing, he’s either sleeping or playing Scrabble.

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