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.
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.
The state got it’s named from the corrupted version of the Oma Mbala, a popular river in the area.
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.
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.
The state was named from the Europeanized corruption of the word ‘Binuwe’, the Batta word for ‘mother of waters’.
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.
This is the anglicized version of ‘Abonie’, a river that cuts through Abakaliki, the state capital.
The Bini people who dwell in the area has always referred to themselves as Edo or Iduu. This inspired the name of the state.
‘okiti’ is term that is said to denote a settlement of many hills. It later became ‘Ekiti’.
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 is a dialect of Fulani language (fulfulde), spoken in the are.
Just like many other Nigerian states, Imo took its name from a popular river, Imo mmiri.
The state takes inspiration from its unique
golden colored soil.
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 is the name of the blacksmith that settled in the are while sourcing for ironstone. The state was named after him.
The state was named after the wife of the popular local ruler Janzama, her name was katsina.
It is said that Kebbi is named after the ka’abba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
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.
River Niger used to be called river kwara by the Nupes at the northern border of the state. The state is named after this.
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’.
This is a native word for ‘victorious’. The state was named by the founder of Nasarawa kingdom, makama Dogo.
The state is named after the River Niger.
The state is named after a river, the Ogun river.
The state is named after a river, the Osun river.
The state is named after the old Oyo empire.
The state was named after the picturesque Jos plateau, Jos got its name from the mispronunciation of the word ‘Gwosh’.
The state was named after the many water bodies present in the area.
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.
The state got its name from the Taraba river.
The state got its name from the Yobe river.
The state was named after Zamfarawa, one of the sub dialects of the eastern Hausa group.
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