Anambra State – Light Of The Nation: Located in the south-east geopolitical zone of Nigeria, Anambra State is an inland state with its capital in Awka. The people of the state are warm, hospitable and highly enterprising and could be found engaged in trading all over the country.
The state is comprised of 21 local government areas namely Aguata, Anambra, Anambra East, Awka North, Awka South, Anaocha, Ayamelu, Dukunofia, Nnewi North, Nnewi South, Ojoto, Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Ogbaru, Ekwusigo, Njikoka, Idemili North, Idemili South, Orumba North, Orumba South, Anaocha, and Ihiala.
Anabra State – History
Anambra State was created in 1976 from the old East Central State with its capital at Enugu. A further reorganization of the Nigerian federation in 1991 saw the state divided into two states, Anambra and Enugu states with its new capital at Awka.
ANABRA STATE - NIGERIA
Anabra State – People & Culture
The state is predominantly occupied by the Igbo ethnic group who by nature are farmers, fishermen, craftsmen and traders. Among crops grown by farmers in the state are yam, palm produce, rice, cassava, cocoyam, vegetables, and different varieties of fruit trees among others.
They are also involved in fishing, particularly those living in the riverine areas of the state, while their craftsmanship are nationally and internationally recognized as evident in the iron smithing works of Awka people, the bronze sculptures of Igbo Ukwu etc.
Anambra state is renowned for its abundant works of art and this explains the avalanche of art centres and artists found in the state. The state is home to magnificent bronze works, iron works, pottery and artists that place the state in the league of the most cultural endowed states in Nigeria.
Anambra State is located in the south central area of south eastern Nigeria. With Imo State, it forms the heartland of Igbo land. It has an estimated population of 7,821,850 million people which stretches over about 60 kilometers between surrounding communities. It is reputed to have the highest population density in Africa with an estimated density of 1500 – 2000 persons per square kilometer.
The state is bordered by Delta State to the west, Imo State to the south, Enugu State to the east and Kogi State to the north. Though its mineral resources remain untapped, Anambra State is rich in natural gas, crude oil, bauxite, ceramics and arable soil.
Anabra state - Weather/Climate
Anambra State boasts of undulating landscape with tall trees and rich vegetation that is green all year round. The state experiences two major seasons, the rainy season which starts at the end of the month of March and lasts till end of October and the dry season which starts in the month of November and ends in the month of March.
It records about 3,000mm of rain water per annum, this makes the area suitable for agricultural production. Among food crops grown in the state include; yam, cassava, cocoyam, rice, pepper, palm produce among others.
Cities & Towns
Other important cities and towns include Onitsha, Nnewi, Obosi, Ogidi, Abagana, Alor, Atani, Nneni, Nkpor, Nnobi, Adazi Nnukwu, Adazi Enu, Adazi Ani, Oba, Ukpo, Umudioka, Okija, Awka-Etiti, Ekwulobia, Aguleri, Umuleri, Ihiala, Unubi, Nanka, Agulu, Ozubulu, Oraifite, Isuofia, Igbo-Ukwu, Ichida.
These are Dane guns used for hunting and ceremonies in pre-colonial days and most of these are of cast iron and locally made. It is a well known fact that these guns, made of iron and powered by gun powder were used by the Igbo even before recorded history.
Aluminium Pot Molding
This is a centre of aluminum pot molding and production where craftmen exhibit cultural ingenuity and skill passed down the ancestral lineage by the progenitors. The production involves a high level of proficiency and efficiency which is shown by the large number of finished products turned out on daily basis.
Anabra State – Igbo-Ukwu Bronzes
Igbo-Ukwu an ancient town and renowned cradle of Igbo civilization has remained an attraction to tourists because of its bronze artifacts dating back to the 9th century A.D which was first discovered in 1938. The artifacts discovered and kept in Igbo-Ukwu museum include vessels and pots, decorated staff heads, bronze snakes etc.
Ogba Waterfalls, Owerre-Ezukala
This is an impressive waterfall at Owerre Ezukala a border town in Anambra State, which shares boundaries with Imo, Abia and Enugu States.The waterfall is found in front of the Ogba Ukwu cave gushing out from a spring on top of the huge and imposing Ogba Rock. It forms an eternal stream at the foot of the cave, rains down forever.
The amazing part of this scenic waterfall is that the water that falls on the heap of rock below forms a sparkling rainbow colour that leaves a tourist gaping in wonder. The enticing waterfall is better seen than described.