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: Aba B ende
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.
Akwa Ibom is named after a river, the Qua Iboe (or Kwa Iboe) River
It was derived from the name of the Oma Mbala
(Omambala) River (in Ibo, the native name of
the river is Ànyịm Ọma Mbala).
There are three versions of how Bauchi got its
name. One version says ‘Bauchi’ is Hausa word
meaning the southern flanks of Hausaland.
Tribes living in the southern parts of the Hausaland
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.
Bayelsa was formed as a result of the clamour
from the three LGAs in old Rivers
(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
It is a word from the Batta language ‘Binuwe’
which means ‘Mother of Waters’
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
It was named for the delta of the River Niger
formed as it enters the Atlantic Ocean.
The state was named after the Aboine River
that cuts through Abakaliki, the state capital
Named after the Bini people who had always
referred to themselves as Edo or Iduu
‘Ekiti’ is a term that is said to denote a
settlement of many hills
Enugu derived its name from two local words
enu ugwu which means ‘top of the hill’
Named after the dialect of Fulani language
(Fulfulde) spoken in the area ‘Gombe’.
This state is named after the Imo River (Imo
The state was named after its distinctively
golden-coloured soil, Jigawa.
The state after the crocodiles in Kaduna River.
Kadunas is Hausa plural word for crocodiles
The state was named after a blacksmith of the
Gaya tribe who settled in the area while
sourcing for ironstone. His name is Kano.
Katsina was named after the wife of the local
ruler known as Janzama. Her name was
Legend has it that Kebbi was named after the
Ka’abba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
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
This was named after the River Niger which
forms the Northern border of the state. The
Nupes used to call the river Kwara.
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.
It was so named by the founder of Nasarawa
kingdom, Makama Dogo. Nasarawa means Victorious.
Named after the popular River Niger.
Named after the Ogun River
This was named after the settlers of the old
Ondo Kingdom. Ondo is a word for settlers.
Like a number of other Nigerian states, it was
also named after a river; River Osun.
It was named after the Old Oyo empire.
The state was named for the Jos Plateau
A state with many water bodies, Rivers State
was named for many of the rivers present in
Named after the defunct Sokoto Caliphate.
Sokoto is the anglicized version of the Arabic word ‘suk’ which means ‘market’ or
‘place of commerce’
The state was named after the Taraba River.
The state was named after Komadugu Yobe (Waube or Ouobe) or River Yobe (or River of
Zamfarawa is one of the subdialects of Eastern Hausa linguistic group in old sokoto
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