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A lot of Nigerians have no clue how most Nigerian states got their names and i was in this category until i read through.
Did you know that most Nigerian states were named after Rivers? Na wah!

 1. ABIA:
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 Bende Isuikwuato Afikpo
2. ADAMAWA:
This state was named after a warrior that conquered the region in the beginning of the 19th century. His name was Modibbo Adama Bin Ardo Hassan.
3. AKWA–IBOM:
Akwa Ibom is named after a river, the Qua Iboe (or Kwa Iboe) River.

4. ANAMBARA:
It was derived from the name of the Oma Mbal (Omambala)River (in Ibo, the native name of the river is Ànyịm Ọma Mbala).
5. BAUCHI:
There are 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
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.
6. BAYELSA:
Bayelsa 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 – SALGA).
The name came about from the combination of their
acronymns. BA+YEL+SA = BAYELSA.
7. BENUE:
It is a word from the Batta language ‘Binuwe’ which means ‘Mother of Waters’.

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