Akwa Ibom

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Akwa Ibom
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Basic data
Capital : Uyo
founded: September 23, 1987
Governor : Udom Gabriel Emmanuel
ISO 3166-2 : NG-AK
Area : 7,081 km²
Rank in Nigeria: 31
Residents : 5,482,200 (2016)
Population density : 774 inhabitants / km² (2016)
Rank in Nigeria: 14th
Location of Akwa Ibom in Nigeria

Akwa Ibom is a federal state in the West African country of Nigeria with the capital Uyo , which is also the largest city in the state with around 750,000 inhabitants (2012).


The state is located in the south of the country and is bordered to the north and northwest by the state of Abia , to the south by the Atlantic Ocean , to the southwest by the state of Rivers and to the east by the state of Cross River .


The ethnic groups Ibibio , Anang , Oron , Eket , Ibeno and Mbo are common here.


The state was formed on September 23, 1987 from part of the state of Cross River . The first governor was Jonathan Ogbeha between September 1987 and July 1988. The current governor has been Udom Gabriel Emmanuel since 2015 .

List of governors and administrators


The state is divided into 31 Local Government Areas . These are: Abak, Eastern Obolo, Eket, Esit-Eket, Essien-Udim, Etim-Ekpo, Etinan, Ibeno, Ibesikpo-Asutan, Ibiono-Ibom, Ika, Ikono, Ikot-Abasi, Ikot-Ekpene, Ini, Itu, Mbo, Mpkat-Enin, Nsit-Atai, Nsit-Ibom, Nsit-Ubuim, Obot-Akara, Okobo, Onna, Oron, Oruk-Anam, Udung-Uko, Ukanafun, Uruan, Urue-Offong-Oruko and Uyo.


Akwa Ibom is endowed with a multitude of mineral resources . These include: crude oil , limestone , clay , natural gas , salt , coal and nitrate . The state is the third largest producer of petroleum in Nigeria. Here is Exxon Mobil's base of operations .

An agricultural will produce coconuts , rubber , cocoa , rice , cassava , yams , bananas and corn grown in the forest timber produced.

Under the government of the current governor, Dr Goodswill Akpabio, there is an economic upswing in Uyo and Akwa Ibom like hardly any other state in Nigeria. In 2014 there were several major construction projects: international hotel projects, the construction of a football stadium. An international hospital with 500 beds and the expansion of the airport are about to be completed. A deep-sea port is still being planned.

The roads are considered to be the best outside of Abuja and Lagos.


Contrary to much information, Akwa Ibom, especially Uyo, is relatively safe. There have been no violent attacks against foreigners for years. As a stranger or foreigner, you can travel in the larger cities without any security personnel or police (with a driver). Also in Uyo z. B. Shopping in the supermarket or visits to the markets, cinema, etc. possible without problems and accompaniment. During the night, however, overland journeys should only be made with security personnel or MoPol.

Sons and daughters

Web links

  • http://www.akwaibomstategov.com/ (link not available)

Individual evidence

  1. Akwa Ibom State Government: About Akwa Ibom ( Memento of September 11, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
  2. Akwa Ibom State Government: Oil & Gas ( Memento from September 15, 2007 in the Internet Archive )

Coordinates: 4 ° 56 '  N , 7 ° 52'  E