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Imo State

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5,530 km2

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Imo State in the past, History of Imo State

Colleges and Universities
Imo State University (Owerri), Federal University of Technology Owerri (Owerri), Federal Government Girls College - Owerri (Owerri)

Map of Imo State

Imo is one of the 36 states of Nigeria and lies in the South East of Nigeria. Owerri is its capital and largest city. Its other major cities are Orlu and Okigwe. Located in the south-eastern region of Nigeria, it occupies the area between the lower River Niger and the upper and middle Imo River.


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Imo State Wikipedia

Imo State is bordered by Abia State on the East, River Niger and Delta State to the West, Anambra State on the North and Rivers State to the South. The state lies within latitudes 4°45'N and 7°15'N, and longitude 6°50'E and 7°25'E with an area of around 5,100 sq km.


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The economy of the state depends primarily on agriculture and commerce.

Rivers and lakes

The Orashi River has its source in Imo State. Imo River, being the major river in the State, drains through Abia State, where it is joined by Aba River from the North, and Akwa Ibom State into the Atlantic Ocean. There are Njaba River, Oguta Lake, Utu River and Awbana River in the State. Otamiri River and its 9.2 km length tributary, Nworie River flow in the State. There are other rivers and creeks in the state including Onas Creek in Ohaji/Egbema, Okitankwo River in Umudi, and Ohia and Efuru Rivers in Okigwe.

Oil and Gas exploration

There are over 163 oil wells at over 12 different locations in the state. The main petroleum companies operating in the state are Addax Petroleum, Chevron Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell and Agip. Some of the established oil-rich local government councils include Ohaji/Egbema, Oguta, Oru East, Iho, Oru West, Obowo and Ngor Okpala.

Investment opportunities

Many investment opportunities exist in the state including oil and gas exploration, chemical plants, brewery plants, hydroelectric plants, gas-fired power plants, grain mills, starch production, cashews, fruit and vegetable juice concentrate production, integrated multi-oil seed processing plants, ceramics, Inland Waterway Transport, Integrated Palm Produce Industry et al.

Independent global brewer, Heineken through its subsidiary Nigerian Breweries has significant investment in Imo State. The company manages the world-class Awo-omamma Brewery, a multiple-line brewery plant.

Many more oil and gas opportunities are yet to be developed. The federal government has been called to inspect newly discovered oil-rich areas which might help foster economic development and job creation.

Industrial parks and processing zones to harness the huge agricultural produce and minerals would give a major boost to the state's economic growth and industrialization.

Oguta Lake, Palm Beach Holiday Resort in Awo-omamma and a host of other tourist sites along the banks of the 26 km-length Njaba River present hotspots for tourism.


The chief occupation of the local people is farming but due to over-farming and high population density, the soil has greatly degraded. The cash crops include oil palm, raffia palm, rice, groundnut, melon, cotton, cocoa, rubber, maize, etc. Consumable crops such as yam, cassava, cocoyam and maize are also produced in large quantities.


The rainy season begins in April and lasts until October with annual rainfall varying from 1,500mm to 2,200mm (60 to 80 inches).

An average annual temperature above 20 °C (68.0 °F) creates an annual relative humidity of 75%. With humidity reaching 90% in the rainy season. The dry season experiences two months of Harmattan from late December to late February. The hottest months are between January and March.

With high population density and over farming, the soil has been degraded and much of the native vegetation has disappeared.

This deforestation has triggered soil erosion which is compounded by heavy seasonal rainfall that has led to the destruction of houses and roads.


Imo State came into existence in 1976 along with other new states created under the leadership of the late military ruler of Nigeria, Murtala Muhammad, having been previously part of East-Central State. The state is named after the Imo River. Part of it was split off in 1991 as Abia State, and another part became Ebonyi State. Imo state was created at Ngwoma and the meetings for the state creation which began after the Nigerian Civil War ended in 1970 were chaired by Chief S. E. Onukogu.


The state has a three-tier administrative structure: State, Local and Autonomous community levels. The three arms at state level are the Executive, the Legislative and the Judiciary. The executive arm is headed by an elected Governor who is assisted by a deputy governor, commissioners and executive advisers.

This is a list of administrators and Governors of Imo State since its creation.

The legislative arm is headed by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly who is currently speaker Rt. Hon. Ihenacho Ihim and his deputy, Rt. Hon. Ugonna Ozurigbo The remainder of the house is made up of elected legislators from the 27 LGAs of the state

The judiciary is made up of the high court of justice and customary court of appeal and is headed by the Chief Judge of the state.


  • Justice
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Education
  • Health
  • Commerce
  • Industry and Tourism
  • Finance
  • Works and Transport
  • Youths and Sports
  • Women Affairs
  • Internal Resources and Pension Matters
  • Local Government and Rural Development
  • Language

    English and Igbo

    Local Government Areas

    Imo State consists of twenty-seven (27) Local Government Areas. They are:

    Smaller jurisdictions in the state may receive Township Status or Urban Status.


    The state is over 4.8 million people and the population density varies from 230–1,400 people per square kilometre. Christianity is the predominant religion.

    In addition to English being official language, Imo state is a predominantly Igbo speaking state, with Igbo people constituting a majority of 98%.


    There are several institutions of higher learning including state and federal government run institutions. They are as follows:

  • Imo State University
  • Federal University of Technology, Owerri.
  • Federal Polytechnic, Nekede
  • Eastern Palm University, Ogboko, Ideato
  • Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo
  • Alvan Ikoku College of Education
  • Technological Skills Acqisition Institute, Orlu
  • Sport

  • Chioma Ajunwa – 1996 Olympic gold long jumper
  • Christy Opara - 1997/98 60 meters Fastest Woman in the world and 1992 Olympic Bronze medalist on Track and Field
  • Nwankwo Kanu – National footballer
  • Emmanuel Amunike – 1994 African Player of the Year and Olympic-winning soccer star
  • Samuel Okwaraji – was a National Footballer (19 May 1964 – 12 August 1989)
  • Prince Amukamara – Cornerback for the New York Giants
  • Kelechi Iheanacho – Striker for Leicester City, U-17 World Cup winner and tournament's MVP (2013)
  • Nnamdi Asomugha - Former Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles Cornerback
  • Christian Okoye - Former running back for the Kansas City Chiefs
  • Arts

  • Alban Uzoma Nwapa – Eurodance musician
  • Christogonus Ezebuiro Obinna – Highlife musician
  • Genevieve Nnaji – Nollywood actress
  • John Munonye – Author
  • Judith Chichi Opara Mazagwu - Nigerian actress, musician and businesswoman
  • Kanayo O. Kanayo- Actor
  • Clem Ohameze- Actor
  • Obianuju Catherine Acholonu – Author
  • Onyeka Nwelue- Author, scholar, actor, entrepreneur
  • Onyeka Onwenu – Singer, actress and politician
  • Osita Iheme – Actor
  • Rita Dominic Nigerian actress
  • Stephanie Okereke- Actress
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie- Author and Activist
  • Politics

  • Chile Eboe-Osuji - Judge, International Court of Criminal Justice, Hague
  • Pats Acholonu – Supreme Court Justice
  • Christina Anyanwu – journalist and senator
  • Kema Chikwe – former Minister of Aviation
  • Evan Enwerem – former governor and former President of the Senate
  • Ikedi Ohakim – former governor
  • Rochas Okorocha – present governor
  • Collins E. Ijoma – the youngest US Trial Court Administrator
  • Daniel Kanu - Politician, Businessman and Philanthropist. Organizer of 2 Million Man March, largest gathering in History of Nigeria
  • Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu – politician and businessman
  • K. O. Mbadiwe – former Minister of Commerce and Industry
  • Sam Mbakwe – former Governor
  • Fabian Osuji – former Minister of Education
  • Achike Udenwa – former Governor
  • Maurice Iwu – former INEC chairman
  • Chinwe Obaji – Professor and former Minister of Education
  • Raymond Njoku - Former Minister of Transportation
  • Ugonna Ozurigbo - Deputy Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly(2015-) & Member
  • Other

  • Evelyn Okere – Nigerian businesswoman, publisher, fashion designer and the organizer of the St. Eve West African Fashion Week.
  • Leo Stan Ekeh – founder and CEO of Zinox Technologies
  • Adiele Afigbo – historian
  • Michael Echeruo – academic and writer in Igbo studies
  • References

    Imo State Wikipedia