South-South States in Nigeria

All States in South-South Geo Political Zone

Another geopolitical zone in Nigeria is south-south Nigeria.

South-South Nigeria

The south – south Nigeria comprises of six (6) states.

States in south-south Nigeria are multi ethnic and religious.

However, predominant religion in South-South Nigeria is Christianity.

The biggest tribe in south-south Nigeria is Igbo. This is closely followed by Ijaw.

South-south states where Igbos are found includes, Delta, Rivers and Uyo.

The predominant language of southsouth Nigeria is pidgin English.

All the states in south-south Nigeria are oil producing states except one.

However, all the states in the zone are part of the Niger Delta and are accorded the oil producing status.

In this article, we will listing states in south-south geo political zone as well as the population of south-south geo political zone in Nigeria.

List of South-South States in Nigeria

The following are states in south-south region of Nigeria.

Akwa Ibom State

Akwa Ibom State is one of the states in south southern Nigeria.

The state is popularly known as “The Promised Land”.

The state was created in 1987 and is home to numerous tribes and ethic nationalities.

Akwa Ibom State is the state with highest number of oil wells in Nigeria.

Some of the biggest cities in Akwa Ibom and urbam centers in Akwa Ibom includes: Uyo, Oron, Ikot Ekpene and Eket.

The number of local government areas in Akwa Ibom is thirty-one (31) local councils.

Bayelsa State

Bayelsa state also called the “Pride of the Nation” is one of the south-south states in Nigeria.

Bayelsa state was created in 1996 and is a state dominated by Ijaw tribe.

The state is a major oil producer in Nigeria. Bayelsa state is the smalles state in Nigeria both in population and landmass.

The state also has the smallest number of local government areas in Nigeria which is eight (8) local government areas.

Cross River State

Cross River State is another state in south-south. The state is also known as “The people’s paradise” .

Cross River state is multi ethnic and majority of the state dwellers are Christians.

The largest ethnic group in Cross River State is Ejagham.

The capital of the state is Calabar. The state though is still accorded oil producing status but has lost its oil well to Nigeria’s African neighbor, Cameroon following ruling of International Court of Justice.

The state was created in the year 1967 and was the first Nigeria’s capital state.

The total number of local government areas in Cross River State is eighteen (18).

Cross River state is one of the states found in south-south Nigeria.

Delta State

Delta State is also a south-south state in Nigeria. The state which is known as “The Big Heart” was created in 1991.

The major tribes in Delta state are Igbo, Urhobo and Isoko.

Also other tribes found in Delta State includes Ijaw, Itsekiri, Isoko etc.

The capital of Delta State is Asaba which is boarded by commercial city of Onitsha. Delta state is also one of the states in south-south with highest number of oil wells in Nigeria.

The number of local government areas in Delta state is Twenty-five (25).

Edo State

Edo State Nigeria is a state in south-south geo political zone of Nigeria.

The state is boardered by Delta, Ondo and Kogi. The capital of the state is Benin.

Edo State is also multi ethic and religious. Edo state is the state in south-south with the largest Muslims community.

The number of local government areas in Edo State is Eighteen (18) local government areas.

Natural resources in Edo State includes, Gas reserves, Cruse oil, limestone and quarry.

Edo state was created in 1991 and is nicknamed “Heartbeat of Nigeria”.

Rivers State

Rivers State is perhaps the most popular state in south-south Nigeria.

The state is home to some of the biggest oil companies in Nigeria.

Its capital which is Port Harcourt is one of the biggest and most beautiful cities in Nigeria.

The state was created in 1967 and is one of the biggest states in south-south geo political zone of Nigeria.

The total number of local government areas in Rivers state is twenty-three (23).

The state is also one of the biggest oil producing states in Nigeria.

The major tribes in Rivers state are Igbo, Ijaw, Ikweres, Opobo.

Population of South-South Nigeria

States in south-south has a combine population in estimation of around 31 million residents.

This includes both visitors who are residing and working in the zone.

A significant population of south-south are non indigenes who live and work in the states.

Rivers state is the south-south state with highest population in estimation of around 9 million residents.

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Emmanuel Igwenagu

Igwenagu Emmanuel is the founder of Nigerian Informer. He holds B.A, M.Sc in Mass Communication. He is a Communication researcher and 112 emergency help line dispatcher.

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