States in Nigeria, Capitals & Slogan


There are 36 states in Nigeria, alongside their capitals, they make up the 36 states of the Nigerian federation. The 36 states in Nigeria are classified under six distinct geopolitical zones; name the South West, South-South, South East, North West, North East, and North Central. Beyond the geopolitical zoning system, each state in Nigeria has its slogan.

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT), more commonly referred or known as Abuja is not regarded as a state in Nigeria but as the country’s seat of power. The FCT is not under any state government but under the direct leadership of the country’s number one man – the president.

How States in Nigeria Got their Slogans

Some state slogans in Nigeria have historical/religious/cultural or occupational undertones to them. For example, states that take pride in farming have something related to farming in their slogan. A good example is Benue whose slogan is ‘The Food Basket of the Nation‘. Another example is Ebonyi’s slogan, ‘The salt of the Nation‘, signifying the huge presence of Salt in the state. Royal Salt company is situated in Ebonyi.

States in Nigeria, Capitals, Slogan & Year of Creation

Below is a list of all Nigerian states and capitals as well as their slogans and the year of creation:

S/N State Capital Slogan Year of Creation
1 Abia Umuahia God’s own State 1991
2 Adamawa Yola Former slogan: Land of Beauty, Sunshine, and Hospitality
New Slogan: Highest peak of the nation
3 Akwa Ibom Uyo Land of promise 1987
4 Anambra Awka Former slogan: Home for all
New slogan: Light of the nation
5 Bauchi Bauchi Pearl of Tourism 1976
6 Bayelsa Yenagoa The Glory of All Lands 1996
7 Benue Makurdi Food basket of the Nation   1996
8 Borno Maiduguri Home of peace 1976
9 Cross River Calabar The people’s paradise 1967
10 Delta Asaba Former slogan: The Big Heart
New slogan: The Finger of God
11 Ebonyi Abakaliki The salt of the Nation 1996
12 Edo Benin City The Heart Beat of the Nation 1991
13 Ekiti Ado – Ekiti Former slogan: Fountain of Knowledge
New slogan: Land of honour and integrity
14 Enugu Enugu Coal City State 1991
15 Gombe Gombe Jewel in the Savannah 1996
16 Imo Owerri Old slogan: Land of Hope
New slogan: Eastern heartland
17 Jigawa Dutse The New World 1991
18 Kaduna Kaduna Former slogan: Liberal State
new slogan: Centre of learning
19 Kano Kano Centre of Commerce 1967
20 Katsina Katsina State of Hospitality 1987
21 Kebbi Birnin Kebbi Land of Equity 1991
22 Kogi Lokoja The Confluence State 1991
23 Kwara Ilorin The state of Harmony 1967
24 Lagos Ikeja Centre of Excellence 1967
25 Nasarawa Lafia The home of Solid Minerals 1996
26 Niger Minna The power State 1976
27 Ogun Abeokuta The Gateway State 1976
28 Ondo Akure The Sunshine State 1976
29 Osun Oshogbo Old slogan: State of living spring
New slogan: Land of virtue
30 Oyo Ibadan The pacesetter State 1991
31 Plateau Jos Home of peace and tourism 1976
32 Rivers Port Harcourt Treasure base of the Nation 1967
33 Sokoto Sokoto Seat of the Caliphate 1976
34 Taraba Jalingo Nature’s gift to the Nation 1991
35 Yobe Damaturu Old slogan: The young shall grow
New slogan: Pride of the Sahel
36 Zamfara Gusau Old slogan: Home of Agricultural Products
New slogan: Farming is our pride


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