“Abia” is an acronym formed from the initial letters of four groups of people, namely: Aba, Bende, Isuikwuato and Afikpo. These constituted the major groups in the state at its creation. At the country’s independence in 1960, Abia State nicknamed the God’s Own State was part of the then Eastern Region but was carved out from Imo State on 27 August 1991.

The State is bounded by Anambra, Enugu and Ebonyi to the North, Imo state to the West, Cross Rivers and Akwa Ibom to the East and Rivers State to the South.

The commercial hub, Aba was formerly a British colonial government outpost in the region. Its unique competitive advantage is largely in shoe and garment factories.

Abia State Snapshot

  • Total land area: 4,900 Km2
  • Capital: Umuahia
  • Local Government Areas: 17 LGAs: Aba North, Aba South, Isiala Ngwa North, Isiala Ngwa South, Ukwa West, Ukwa East, Obingwa, Ikwuano, Bende, Arochukwu, Ohafia, Isuikwuato, Umuahia North, Umuahia South, Ugwunagbo, Osisioma and Nnochi.
  • Population: 3,934,157 (Male- 2,006,420 and Female- 1,927,737)
  • Vegetation: Tropical Rainforest and Savannah
  • Major crops: Cocoa, Rice, Plantain, Maize, Cocoyam, Oil Palm, Cassava, Cashew, Rubber and Plantain.
  • Solid minerals: Iron Ore, Kaolin, Limestone, and Gypsum.

There are three agricultural zones in Abia state: Aba, Umuahia, and Bende.

Main Investment Opportunities

Opportunities for investment exist in:

  • Agribusiness
  • Auto Components
  • Light Manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Tourism
  • Energy
  • Mining