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Basic data
Capital : Awka
biggest town: Onitsha
founded: August 27, 1991
Governor : Willie Obiano
ISO 3166-2 : NG-AN
Area : 4,844 km²
Rank in Nigeria: 36
Residents : 5,527,800 (2016)
Population density : 1,141 inhabitants / km² (2016)
Rank in Nigeria: 13
Location of Anambra in Nigeria

Anambra is a federal state in the West African country of Nigeria with the capital Awka . Almost 5.5 million people lived in Anambra in 2016. The state is one of the most densely populated in the country. The largest city is Onitsha with 561,106 inhabitants (2005).


The state is located in the south of the country and borders the state of Kogi to the north, the states of Rivers and Imo to the south, the states of Delta and Edo to the west, and the state of Enugu to the east .


The state was formed on August 27, 1991 from part of the former state of Anambra ( Enugu ). The first administrator was Joseph Abula between August 27, 1991 and January 1992. After the gubernatorial elections on April 19, 2003, the Independent National Electoral Commission declared the candidate of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Chris Ngige, the winner; on March 15, 2006, this decision was overturned by the Court of Appeal in Enugu because of election manipulation and the election victory was subsequently awarded to the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Peter Obi. Chris Ngige ruled from May 29, 2003 to March 16, 2006, on March 17, 2006 Peter Obi was sworn in as governor. On November 2, 2006, Obi was removed from office by the state Senate in proceedings whose legality was challenged, and his current deputy, Virginia Etiaba (APGA), was appointed as his successor . When the appellate court declared the allegation of election manipulation null and void, Etiaba handed over the official business to Obi on February 9, 2007. Willie Obiano (APGA) has been in office since March 17, 2014.

List of governors and administrators


The state is divided into 21 Local Government Areas . These are: Aguata, Anambra East, Anambra West, Anaocha, Awka North, Awka South, Ayamelum, Dunukofia, Ekwusigo, Idemili North, Idemili South, Ihiala, Njikoka, Nnewi North, Nnewi South, Ogbaru, Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Orumba North, Orumba South and Oyi.


The agriculture is a major industry in Anambra. Oil palms , corn , rice , yams and cassava are grown , among other things . Fishing is also important .


Anambra has good transport connections to other states in the country. The Niger River connects Onitsha with the ports of Port Harcourt in the state of Rivers and Bururu and Warri in the state of Delta .

Individual evidence

  1. Nigeria: States & Agglomerations - Population Statistics, Maps, Graphics, Weather and Web Information. Retrieved February 6, 2018 .
  2. This Day (Lagos), November 4, 2006 ( Memento from September 30, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) - Nigeria: Obasanjos Großreinemachen . , November 6, 2006
  3. Gov. Obiano's Scorecard 100 Days After . ( Memento of March 7, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) The Union (Lagos, Nigeria), June 25, 2014 (English) accessed on February 9, 2016.