South South Region

The South South region of Nigeria comprises of six states and is strategically located at the point where the Y tail of the river Niger joins the Atlantic Ocean through the Gulf of Guinea. Though a relatively small stretch of land, the south of the country provides the economic mainstay of the economy: oil. In addition to oil and gas, the region equally contributes other key resources, with potential huge investment opportunities in tourism and agriculture.

Akwa-Ibom State - Promised Land

Akwa-Ibom is located in the coastal part of the country, with an area of 7,081km2 and a population of almost five million. The state shares boundaries with Cross River State, Rivers State, Abia State and the Atlantic Ocean, with Uyo the capital city. The main languages in the state are Ibibio, Annang, Eket, and Oron. Akwa-Ibom has a rich historical and cultural heritage with major attractions like the Ibeno Sand Beach, Oron Museum, Mary Slessor House and monument tomb.

Akwa-Ibom State is the third largest producer of crude oil in the country and is endowed with various resources such as natural gas, salt, silver nitrate, limestone, clay, coal, and glass sand.  

Bayelsa State - Pride of the Nation

Bayelsa is located in the lower southern part of the Niger Delta region, and its capital is Yenagoa. This state is blessed with many historical attractions, like the Slave Transit Hall and cultural festivals (Ekpetiama Okelede new yam festival, Odemimon festival, Otuoke and others), and houses a population of two million people occupying an area of 10,773km2. There are 10 languages spoken in the state; of these, Izon, Nembe, Ogbia and Epie-Atissa are the most predominant.

Bayelsa State, a major oil and gas producing area, accounts for over 30% of Nigeria’s oil production and is also renowned for fishing, farming, trading, carving and weaving. With the majority of the state under sea level, over three quarters of the area is covered by water and consists of a maze of meandering creeks and mangrove swamps. In addition, Bayelsa has large reserves of clay, sand and gravel which are of utmost importance to the industrial sector. 

Cross River State - The People’s Paradise

Calabar is the capital city of Cross River State. Being a coastal state, it shares boundaries with Benue State to the west, Abia State to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. The major languages spoken in Cross River State are Ejagham and Efik. 
 
Cross River State is home to some of Nigeria’s most beautiful scenery. Over half the land is covered by tropical rain forests, making it one of the world's biodiversity hotspots. The state is also blessed with natural resources like oil and gas, limestone, kaolin, clay, salt, barite and quartzite. 

Delta State - The Big Heart

Delta State has Asaba as its capital and is made up of 25 local government areas. There are various solid mineral deposits in the state which include crude oil, industrial clay, silica, lignite, kaolin, tar sand, decorative rocks and limestone, with many serving as raw materials for industries 
 
Some major tourist attractions include Nana's Palace, Koko, Asaba Beach, Abraka River Resort Motel and River Ethiope. There are also traditional festivals in every community; the Ishe Festival for peace and progress in Ewulu town, the Edjenu of the Agbarha Clan which takes place only once or twice in a lifetime and the Oki Masquerade of Torugbene.

Edo State - Heartbeat of Nigeria

Benin City is the capital of Edo State. The state is endowed for its abundant natural resources of crude oil, clay, chalk, marble, natural gas and limestone. Edo is home to several ethnicities with 18 local government areas. There are many tourist attractions in the state: Oba's Palace in Benin City, Ramat Park, Sakpoba Holiday Resort, the Emotan statue in Benin City, Ise Lake and River Niger Beach in Agenebode, among others.  
 
There are over 100 major festivals celebrated in Edo State between September and March annually. 
 
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Rivers State - Treasure Base of the Nation

Port Harcourt is a cosmopolitan city and capital of Rivers State, which makes it the second largest commercial centre in Nigeria. Rivers State boasts a diverse ethnic population of over six million people and occupies an area of 11,077km2. The major languages are Ijaw and Ikwerre, although 23 languages are spoken altogether.
 
Rivers State accounts for over 40% of Nigeria's crude oil production and food production - no wonder it's called the 'treasure base of the nation'. In addition, there are two major refineries and seaports in Rivers state, with various industries spread across it.
 
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