History Of Okigwe LGA, Imo State

Okigwe is the third largest city, after Owerri and Orlu, while Ohaji/Egbema is fourth in Imo state. Okigwe is located in Okigwe Local Government Area of Nigeria.[citation needed] The city lies between the Port Harcourt-Enugu-Maiduguri rail line. being the nearest city to the biggest cattle market in Nigeria located at the Umu Nneochi Area of Abia state Thus, the city has grown into a major cattle transit town for the southeast and south subregions of Nigeria.[citation needed] Okigwe has a population of 132,237 (2005 census). Most of the population is made up of immigrant workers from other states. Okigwe city was the primary host site of the old Imo State University (now Abia State University). Okigwe has various tourist and historical sites.The Federal Government College in the city has remained one of the best unity schools in Nigeria. Okigwe remains one of the breadbaskets of Nigeria with terrace cultivation practised on its hilly farmlands. Okigwe also boasts many relaxation spots such as Alexandra Suites & Hotels Limited Okigwe Imo state which is situated at No 1 Alexandra Ave, Umuchima Road, Ubahu. St. Mary’s Cathedral in Okigwe is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Okigwe. In 2016 the Imo state government recommissioned a new cattle market in the city in respect to the previous one that has been relocated to Abia

Autonomous communities and villages
Okigwe has five autonomous communities with different villages (in bracket) namely;

Ikigwu (Aro-ubaha, Aro-Okigwe, Ope, Ubanaka, Umuka, Umuokpara),
Otanzu (Amaeze-Ogii, Umuawa-Ogee, Umualumoke), Amuro (Amuro, Aro-Amuro),
Umulolo (Agbobu, Agbuala, Aku/Ihette, Aku/Ikenga, Amaosu, Amasator, Aro-Agbobu, Aro-Umulolo West, Aro-Umulolo East, Ibinta, Ndi-Oji, Ndi-Okoroji, Okanachi, Umuawa-Ibu)
Ihube (Agbala, Akpugo, Amagu, Amalator, Amano, Nkoto, Ogube, Ozara)
Otan-Chara (Alaike-Ogwaku, Alaocha-Igwaku, Ihitte-Isiokwe, Ikenga, Ikenga-Isiokwe) umuinem, umuzegem, Umueze, Umukeoke
Agriculture and soil
The soil is predominantly partly red clay and black or dark brown. The major crops grown in the district on its hilly farmlands are palm tree (palm oil and palm wine), cassava, vegetables.

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