A Visit to Imo State
Imo state with an area of 5,530km also the 34th largest of the 36 states of Nigeria.
It has been in existence for about 36 years now, previously as part of east-central when it was created by late military ruler, Muritala Mohammed.
In 1991, the state had to give up some of its space for the creation of Abia and Ebonyi states, in spite of this split, it still boasts of the 13th largest population in the country at over 4.8 million.
98% of this population are igbo speaking and have excelled in various walks of life, for instance in sports Chioma Ajunwa, 1996 Olympic gold medalist, Kanu Nwankwo, national footballer as well as Emmanuel Amunike, Olympic winning footballer have represented the state well while in the arts Nigeria’s elegant stallion, singer, actress Onyeka Onwenu as well as widely celebrated
actress Genevive Nnaji are counted among the notables from Imo state.
All these people are grouped into 27 local govt. areas which include the largest city and capital of the state, Owerri.
Owerri on its own consists of 3 local govt. areas – Owerri municipal, Owerri north and Owerri west with an estimated population of 500,000.
Owerri is also the state seat of power housing the 3 tiers of administrative structure of the state – executive, legislative.
In the heart of Owerri, around Akanchawa Udenwa road is a work in progress tagged Concorde Avenue.
A large portion of it has been apportioned to honour the departed ibo leader, Dimchkwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu although he is an indigene of Nnewi in Anambra state.