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    Friday, 5 August 2016

    The Meanings Of The Names Of All Nigerian States

    A lot Nigerians have no clue how
    Nigerian states got their names.
    INFORMATION NIGERIA in this piece has
    compiled them from you.

    1. ABIA:
    Abia is an acronym derived from the
    name of the four main groups of people
    in the state as at the time it was formed
    in 1991: A ba B ende
    I suikwuato A fikpo
    2. ADAMAWA:
    This state was named after a warrior
    that conquered the region in the
    begining of the 19th century. His name
    was Modibbo Adama Bin Ardo Hassan.
    3. AKWA–IBOM:
    Akwa Ibom is named after a river, the
    Qua Iboe (or Kwa Iboe) River.
    4. ANAMBARA:
    It was derived from the name of the
    Oma Mbal (Omambala) River (in Ibo, the
    native name of the river is Ànyịm Ọma

    5. BAUCHI:
    There are three versions of how Bauchi
    got its name. One version says ‘Bauchi’ is
    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 simply as Bauchi. According to
    the second version the state was
    named for Baushe, a famous hunter who
    settled there before the 19th century
    while the third states that ‘bauchi’ is
    Hausa word for slavery
    since it was a center for slave raiders.
    6. BAYELSA:
    Bayelsa was formed as a result of the
    clamour from the three LGAs in old
    River (Brass LGA known as BALGA,
    Yenegoa LGA known as YELGA and
    Sagbama LGA – SALGA). The name came
    about from the combination of their
    acronymns. BA+YEL+SA = BAYELSA.
    7. BENUE:
    It is a word from the Batta language
    ‘Binuwe’ which means ‘Mother of
    8. BORNO:
    The name was derived from ‘Borno’, an
    alternative name of the Kanuris who
    form the predominant ethnic group in
    the state.
    The state took its name from a River
    called Oyono or Cross River.
    10. DELTA:
    It was named for the delta of the River
    Niger formed as it enters theAtlantic
    11. EBONYI:
    The state was named after the Aboine
    River that cuts through Abakaliki, the
    state capital.
    12. EDO:
    Named after the Bini people who had
    always referred to themselves as Edo or
    13. EKITI:
    ‘Ekiti’ is a term that is said to denote a
    settlement of many hills “Okiti”
    14. ENUGU:
    Enugu derived its name from two local
    words enu ugwu which means ‘top of the
    15. GOMBE:
    Named after the dialect of Fulani
    language (Fulfulde)spoken in the area
    16. IMO:
    This state is named after the Imo River
    (Imo Mmiri).
    17. JIGAWA:
    The state was named after its
    distinctively golden-coloured soil,
    18. KADUNA:
    The state after the crocodiles in Kaduna
    River. Kadunas is Hausa plural word for
    19. KANO:
    The state was named after a blacksmith
    of the Gaya tribe who settled in the area
    while sourcing for iron stone. His name
    was Kano.
    20. KATSINA:
    Katsina was named after the wife of the
    local ruler known as Janzama. Her name
    was Katsina.
    21. KEBBI:
    Legend has it that Kebbi was named
    after the Ka’abba in Mecca, Saudi
    22. KOGI:
    The name Kogi was said to have be
    derived from ‘kogin’, hausa 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.
    23. KWARA:
    This was named after the River Niger
    which forms the Northern border of the
    state. The Nupes used to call the river
    25. LAGOS:
    The name is a Portuguese word for lakes.
    The Portuguese were the first set of
    Europeans to reach Lagos in 1472. The
    name was inspired by the lagoons and
    rivers in Lagos.
    26. NASARAWA:
    It was so named by the founder of
    Nasarawa kingdom, Makama Dogo.
    Nasarawa means Victorious.
    27. NIGER:
    Named after the popular River Niger.
    28. OGUN:
    Named after the Ogun River.
    28. ONDO:
    This was named after the settlers of the
    old Ondo Kingdom. Ondo is a word for
    29. OSUN:
    Like a number of other Nigerian states,
    it was also named after a river; River
    30. OYO:
    It was named after the Old Oyo empire.
    31. PLATEAU:
    The state was named for the Jos Plateau.
    32. RIVERS:
    A state with many water bodies, Rivers
    State was named for many of the rivers
    present in the area.
    33. SOKOTO:
    Named after the defunct Sokoto
    Caliphate. Sokoto is the anglicized
    version of the Arabic word ‘suk’ which
    means ‘market’ or ‘place of commerce’.
    Or “assukuut” which means “silence” in
    34. TARABA:
    The state was named after the Taraba
    35. YOBE:
    The state was named after Komadugu
    Yobe (Waube or Ouobe) or River Yobe
    (or River of Yo).
    36. ZAMFARA:
    Zamfarawa is one of the sub dialects of
    Eastern Hausa linguistic group and that
    is where the name came from zan-fara