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The 36 States Of Nigeria And How They Got Their Names.

Abia State:

Abia is an acronym from the four main groups of people in the state at the time it was formed in 1991, it comprises of Aba, Bende, Isikwuato and Afikpo.

Adamawa State:

The state was named after a warrior, Modibo Adama Bin Ardo Hassan, that conquered the region in the beginning of the 19th century.

Akwa Ibom State:

The state is named after the Qua Iboe River.

Anambra State:

The state got it’s named from the corrupted version of the Oma Mbala, a popular river in the area.

Bauchi State:

There are three versions of how Bauchi got its name, the first account states that ‘Bauchi’ is an Hausa word ,meaning the southern flanks of Hausa land. Tribes living in the southern parts of the Hausa land were referred to as “Kasashen Bauchi” and the area they lived in later came to be known as Bauchi. The second version says that the state was named after a famous hunter Baushe, who settled there before the 19th century. The third account states that ‘Bauchi’ is an Hausa word for slavery, since it was a center for slave raiders.

Bayelsa State:

The state got its name from an acronym of three local government areas, which were pulled out of old rivers state. Brass local government, yenogoa local government and sagbama local government area.

Benue State:

The state was named from the Europeanized corruption of the word ‘Binuwe’, the Batta word for ‘mother of waters’.

Borno State:

The alternative name of the Kanuris, the predominant ethnic group in the state is ‘Borno’, which gave the inspiration for the naming of the state.

Cross River State:

The state took its name from a river called oyono or Cross River.

Ebonyi State:

This is the anglicized version of ‘Abonie’, a river that cuts through Abakaliki, the state capital.

Edo State:

The Bini people who dwell in the area has always referred to themselves as Edo or Iduu. This inspired the name of the state.

Ekiti State:

‘okiti’ is term that is said to denote a settlement of many hills. It later became ‘Ekiti’.

Enugu State:

Due to many hills and the rocky terrain of the area, the people named it in Igbo, “Enu Ugwu” meaning “hilltop”. The state is named after the anglicized version Enugu.

Gombe State:

Gombe is a dialect of Fulani language (fulfulde), spoken in the are.

Imo State:

Just like many other Nigerian states, Imo took its name from a popular river, Imo mmiri.

Jigawa State:

The state takes inspiration from its unique

golden colored soil.

Kaduna State:

The state got its name from the plural form of crocodile in Hausa. Therefore, the state got its name from the many crocodiles in the kaduna river.

kano State:

Kano is the name of the blacksmith that settled in the are while sourcing for ironstone. The state was named after him.

Katsina State:

The state was named after the wife of the popular local ruler Janzama, her name was katsina.

kebbi State:

It is said that Kebbi is named after the ka’abba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

kogi State:

Since the popular confluence in Nigeria is located in the state, Kogi is said to have been derived from ‘kogin’, the Hausa word for river.

Kwara State:

River Niger used to be called river kwara by the Nupes at the northern border of the state. The state is named after this.

Lagos State:

In 1472, the first set of Europeans to set foot in Lagos were the Portuguese. Due to many lagoons in the area, they named it Lagos, which is the Portuguese word for ‘lakes’.

Nasarawa State:

This is a native word for ‘victorious’. The state was named by the founder of Nasarawa kingdom, makama Dogo.

Niger State:

The state is named after the River Niger.

Ogun State:

The state is named after a river, the Ogun river.

Osun State:

The state is named after a river, the Osun river.

Oyo State:

The state is named after the old Oyo empire.

Plateau State:

The state was named after the picturesque Jos plateau, Jos got its name from the mispronunciation of the word ‘Gwosh’.

Rivers State:

The state was named after the many water bodies present in the area.

Sokoto State:

The state got its name from the anglicized version of the Arabic word ‘suk’ meaning ‘market’, or ‘place of commerce’. The state was named after the defunct sokoto caliphate.

Taraba State:

The state got its name from the Taraba river.

Yobe State:

The state got its name from the Yobe river.

Zamfara State:

The state was named after Zamfarawa, one of the sub dialects of the eastern Hausa group.

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