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 Bende Isuikwuato Afikpo
state was named after a warrior that conquered the region in the
beginning of the 19th century. His name was Modibbo Adama Bin
is named after a river, the Qua Iboe (or Kwa Iboe) River.
derived from the name of the Oma Mbal (Omambala)River (in Ibo, the native name
of the river is Ànyịm Ọma Mbala).
three versions of how Bauchi got its name. One version says ‘Bauchi’ is
Hausa word meaning the southern planks of Hausa land. Tribes living in the
southern parts of the Hausa land were referred to as “kasashen bauchi” and
they lived in later came to be known simply as Bauchi.
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.
was formed as a result of the clamour from the three LGAs in old River
(Brass LGA known as BALGA, Yenegoa LGA known as YELGA and Sagbama LGA –
came about from the combination of their
BA+YEL+SA = BAYELSA.
word from the Batta language ‘Binuwe’ which means ‘Mother of Waters’.
was derived from ‘Borno’, an alternative name of the Kanuris who form the
predominant ethnic group in the state.
took its name from a River called Oyono or Cross River.
named from the delta of the River Niger which formed as it enters the
was named after the Aboine River that cuts through Abakaliki, the state
after the Bini people who had always referred to themselves as Edo or
is a term that is said to denote a settlement of many hills “Okiti”
derived its name from two local words enu ugwu which means ‘top of the
after the dialect of Fulani language (Fulfulde)spoken in the area ‘Gombe’.
state is named after the Imo River (Imo Mmiri).
was named after its distinctively golden-coloured soil, Jigawa.
after the crocodiles in Kaduna River. Kadunas is Hausa plural word for
was named after a blacksmith of the Gaya tribe
settled in the area while sourcing for iron stone. His name was Kano.
was named after the wife of the local ruler known as Janzama. Her name was
has it that Kebbi was named after the Ka’abba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
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 state.
named after the River Niger which forms the Northern border of the state.
The Nupes used to call the river Kwara.
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.
named by the founder of Nasarawa kingdom,Makama Dogo.
after the popular River Niger.
after the Ogun River.
named after the settlers of the old Ondo Kingdom.Ondo is a word for settlers.
number of other Nigerian states, it was also named after a river; River
named after the Old Oyo empire.
was named for the Jos Plateau.
with many water bodies, Rivers State was named for
the rivers present in the area.
after the defunct Sokoto Caliphate. Sokoto is the anglicized version of
the Arabic word ‘suk’ which means ‘market’ or ‘place of commerce’. Or
“assukuut” which means “silence” in Arabic.
was named after the Taraba River.
was named after Komadugu Yobe (Waube or Ouobe) or River Yobe (or River of
is one of the sub dialects of Eastern Hausa linguistic group and that is
where the name came from zan- fara noma