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Origin Of How Nigerian States Got Their Names.....

Did you know where your state derived her name from???

How Abia state got her name.

Abia: Abia is an acronym derived from the name of the four main groups of the people in the state as at the time it was formed in 1991: Aba, Bende, Isuikwuato and Afikpo.

How Adamawa state got her name.

Adamawa: This state was named after a warrior that conquered the region in the beginning of the 19th century. His name was Modibbo Adama Bin Ardo Hassan.

How Akwa ibom got her name

Akwa-Ibom: Akwa Ibom is named after a river, the Qua Iboe (or Kwa Iboe) River.

Anambra: It was derived from the name of the Oma Mbala (Omambala) River (in Igbo, the native name of the river is Ànyịm Ọma Mbala).

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How Bauchi State got her name

Bauchi: There are 3 versions of how Bauchi got its name. One version says ‘Bauchi’ is Hausa word meaning the southern flanks of Hausaland. Tribes living in the southern parts of the Hausaland were referred to as "kasashen bauchi".

How Bayelsa State got her name

Bayelsa: Bayelsa was formed as a result of the clamour from the three LGAs in old Rivers (Brass LGA known as BALGA, Yenagoa LGA known as YELGA and Sagbama LGA – SALGA). The name came about from the combination of their acronymns.

How Benue State got her name

Benue: It is a word from the Batta language ‘Binuwe’ which means ‘Mother of Waters’.

How Borno State got her name

Borno: The name was derived from ‘Borno’, an alternative name of the Kanuris who form the predominant ethnic group in the state.

How Cross River State got her name

Cross River: The state took its name from a River called Oyono or Cross River.

How Delta State got her name

Delta: It was named after the delta of the River Niger formed as it enters the Atlantic Ocean.

How Ebonyi State got her name

Ebonyi: The state was named after the Aboine River that cuts through Abakaliki, the state capital.

How Edo State got her name

Edo: Named after the Bini people who had always referred to themselves as Edo or Iduu.

How Ekiti State got her name

Ekiti: ‘Ekiti’ is a term that is said to denote a settlement of many hills.

How Enugu State got her name

Enugu: Enugu derived its name from two local words "enu" & "ugwu" which means ‘top of the hill’.

How Gombe State got her name

Gombe: Named after the dialect of Fulani language (Fulfulde) spoken in the area ‘Gombe’.

How Imo State got her name

Imo: This state is named after the Imo River (Mmiri Imo).

How Jigawa State got her name

Jigawa: The state was named after its distinctively golden-coloured soil, Jigawa.

How Kaduna State got her name

Kaduna: The state name after the crocodiles in Kaduna River. "Kadduna" is Hausa plural word for crocodiles.

How Kano State got her name

Kano: The state was named after a blacksmith of the Gaya tribe who settled in the area while sourcing for ironstone. His name was Kano.

How Katsina State got her name

Katsina: Katsina was named after the wife of the local ruler known as Janzama. Her name was Katsina.

How Kebbi State got her name

Kebbi: Legend has it that Kebbi was named after the Ka’abba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

How Kogi State got her name

Kogi: The name Kogi was said to have been derived from ‘kogi’, (hausa word for river). This is to represent the fact that the two biggest Rivers in Nigeria, River Niger and River Benue form a confluence in the state.

How Kwara State got her name

Kwara: This was named after the River Niger which forms the Northern border of the state. The Nupes used to call the river, Kwara.

How Lagos State got her name

Lagos: The name is a Portuguese word for lakes. The Portuguese were the first settlers from Europe to reach Lagos in 1472. The name was inspired by the lagoons and rivers in Lagos.

How Nasarawa State got her name

Nasarawa: It was so named by the founder of Nasarawa kingdom, Makama Dogo. Nasarawa means Victorious.

How Niger State got her name

Niger: Niger Named after the popular River Niger.
Niger derived its origin from two nupe world "Na and gya" Refere as Wash blood.

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How Ogun State got her name

Ogun: Ogun is Named after the Ogun River.

How Ondo State got her name

Ondo: This was named after the settlers of the old Ondo Kingdom. Ondo is a word for settlers.

How Osun State got her name

Osun: Like a number of other Nigerian states, it was also named after a river; River Osun.

How Oyo State got her name

Oyo: It was named after the Old Oyo empire.

How River State got her name

Rivers: A state with many water bodies, Rivers State was named for many of the rivers present in the area.

How Sokoto State got her name

Sokoto: Named after the defunct Sokoto Caliphate. Sokoto is the anglicized version of the Arabic word ‘suk’ which means ‘market’ or ‘place of commerce’.

How Taraba State got her name

Taraba: The state was named after the Taraba River.

How Yobe State got her name

Yobe: The state was named after Komadugu Yobe (Waube or Ouobe) or River Yobe (or River of Yo).

How Zamfara State got her name

Zamfara: Zamfarawa the land of Jambarawa.

How Abuja got her Name. Abuja : The name “Abuja” was derived from Abu and Ja, a brother to Muhammadu Makau, the last Hausa ruler of Zaria.Makau had left Zaria after being defeated by the Fulani and settled in the area now known as Abuja.

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