About Edo State, Nigeria

The Slogan

Heart Beat of Nigeria

Date Of Creation

27 August 1991


Edo State borders Kogi State to the northeast, Anambra State to the east, Delta State to the southeast, and Ondo State to the west

See Also: About The 36 States Of Nigeria

About Plateau State, Nigeria

About Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nigeria

Brief History

Edo State is one of the 36 states of Nigeria, located in the southern region of the country.As of 2006 National population census, the state was ranked as the 24th populated state (3,233,366) in Nigeria. The state’s capital and city, Benin City, is the fourth largest city in Nigeria, and the centre of the country’s rubber industry. Created in 1991 from the former Bendel State, Edo State borders Kogi State to the northeast, Anambra State to the east, Delta State to the southeast, and Ondo State to the west

The Local Government area

Edo State consists of eighteen (18) Local Government Areas. They are:

Esan Central
Esan North-East
Esan South-East
Esan West
Etsako Central
Etsako East
Etsako West
Ovia North-East
Ovia South-West
Owan East
Owan West

The Governor

Godwin Obaseki (PDP)

The Deputy governor

Philip Shaibu (PDP)

The Senators

C: Clifford Ordia (PDP)
N: Francis Alimikhena (APC)
S: Matthew Urhoghide (PDP)


Akoko-EdoPeter Ohiozojeh AkpatasonAPC
Egor/Ikpoba-OkhaJude Ise-IdehenPDP
Esan Central/Esan South/IguebenJoe EdionwelePDP
Esan North East/Esan South EastSergius OgunPDP
Etsako East/Etsako West Etsako CentralJohnson OghumaAPC
OredoOmoregie Ogbeide-IhamaPDP
Orhionmwon/UhunmwondePatrick AisowierenAPC
Ovia North East/Ovia South WestDennis IdahosaPDP
Owan East/Owan WestJulius Ihonvbere

The Website


Major Cities

Benin City

Prominent Places

Mineral Resources

The population

Population (2006 census)
• Total 3,233,366

Postal Code


Culture and tourism

Tourist attractions in Edo State include the Emotan Statue in Benin City, Ise Lake and River Niger Beach in Agenebode, Etsako-East; Mike Akhigbe Square at fugar, Ambrose Alli Square, Ekpoma, River Niger Beaches at Ilushi, BFFM Building at Ewu, Igun street, College of Agriculture and Aqua Culture Technology, Agenebode, Okpekpe with its hills and scenes and the Usomege Hills at Apana-Uzairue, Somorika hills in Akoko Edo, where a government-run tourist center at Ososo is set among spectacular scenery.The state produces crude oil. and other mineral resources like limestone and quarry.

Notable People

Oba of Benin
John Odigie Oyegun, First Governor of Edo state and former national chairman of the ruling APC]
Godwin Obaseki, former chairman of the State’s economic team and present Executive Governor of the State
Erhabor Emokpae, pioneer of modern arts in Nigeria
Admiral Mike Akhigbe, former vice president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Dele Giwa, Nigerian journalist, editor and founder of Newswatch magazine.
Senator Albert Legogie, former deputy senate president in the defunct Third Republic and a pioneer member of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Pa Michael Imoudu, labour leader and founder of the Nigeria state,
Chief Julius Momo Udochi, the first Nigerian ambassador to the United States,
Gen. George Agbazika Innih, who was one-time military governor of Bendel and Kwara State,
Major-General Abdul Rahman Mamudu former Commander Nigerian Army Signals Corps and military administrator Gongola State,
Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, cofounder of Access Bank Plc and founder of Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG)
Adams Oshiomhole, past president of the Nigeria Labour Congress and former governor of Edo State; he built Edo University of Iyamoh, Edo State.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, founder of the Believers Loveworld Nation
Prince Tony Momoh, former Minister of Information and Culture
Maymunah Kadiri, Nigerian mental health advocate
Commander Anthony Ikhazoboh, minister of sports and transport,
Professor Ambrose Alli, former governor of the defunct Bendel State. He created the Bendel State university now named after him.
John Momoh, Nigerian broadcast journalist and CEO of Channels TV


English is the official language of the state. The major tribal languages spoken in the state are Edo language, Igarra, Etsako/Afemai, Esan and Okpamheri.Edo State is home to several ethnicities, among them the Edo, Okpe, Esan, Afemai/Etsako, Ora, Akoko-Edo, Igbanke, Emai


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