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Ebonyi State Wikipedia
Ebonyi is a state in south-east Nigeria. It is inhabited and populated primarily by the Igbo. Its capital and largest city is Abakaliki. Other major townships include Afikpo, Onueke, Edda, Onicha etc. It was one of the six states created in 1996 by the then federal military government. The State of Ebonyi was created from parts of both Enugu State and Abia State; which were initially constituents of the old Anambra and Imo States respectively. It is home to four Higher institutions of learning: Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki (EBSU); Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo (FUNAI); Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana; College of Health Sciences, Ezzamgbo and Federal College of Agriculture, Ishiagu.
There are several Igbo dialects spoken in Ebonyi State, the most prominent being the Izi-Ezza-Mgbo-Ikwo dialect cluster, Afikpo, Edda, Okposi, Onicha and Uburu.
In 1999, Dr. Sam Ominyi Egwu was elected as the first governor of the state under the People's Democratic Party (PDP). He was succeeded by Martin Elechi who was elected in 2007 and successfully ran for re-election in 2011, under the same PDP. Gov Martin Elechi was succeeded by the current Governor, Dave Umahi, who was elected in the March 2015 election.
Ebonyi State consists of thirteen (13) Local Government Areas. They are: