Nigeria is the largest country in Africa, and also the Largest Black Nation in the world. With a growing population of over 150 million people, she is known as the Giant of Africa. Nigeria as a nation has 36 states including the Federal Capital Territory located in Abuja. In this post, we are going to be looking at the top 20 richest states in Nigeria according to their Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Please note that this GDP are in millions of Dollars.
1) Lagos State: Lagos state is located in the South western part of Nigeria, its capital is Ikeja.Lagos state is the richest state in Nigeria and Lagos city is the Largest City in West Africa and arguably the Largest City In Nigeria. It has a population of over 9 million people. The city of Lagos is well diversified with people from different cultures and background. It is often call a no mans land. Lagos state has a GDP of $33,679.
2). Rivers State: Rivers state is located in the South- South Region of Nigeria. Its capital is port Harcourt. Rivers state is the Largest oil producing state in Nigeria thus making it the second richest state in Nigeria with GDP $21,073. IT has a population of over 6million people. The people of Rivers state are the ikwerre, etc he, opobo, and on I,ogoni,okrika,omoku,ndoni,Ohio akpor,oyigbo,Kalahari etc. Rivers State is a Niger Delta State.
3). Delta State: Delta State is another oil rich state in the Niger Delta region, it comprises of the following ethnic groups.urhobos,isoko, itsekiri,ijaw, kwale,agbor,asaba,ukwani etc. It is the third richest state with a GDP of $16,749. It has a population of over 4million people.
4). Oyo State: Oyo State is located in the south western part of Nigeria. The people of Oyo State are Yoruba people. The Yoruba people are known for their academic prowes, and their healthy farming culture. Oyo state shares a common boundary with Lagos, which makes it also a centre of commerce and businesses. It is the fourth richest state in Nigeria with the GDP of $16,121.
5). IMO State: IMO state is located in the south eastern part of Nigeria. The capital city is Owerri. The city of Owerri is famous for its history in entertainment. Its a beautiful city filled with luxury hotels and other commercial buildings. The ethnic groups in IMO state includes mbaise, mbano, mbaitoli,ikeduru,Owerri, orlu etc. IMO State is the 5th Richest state in Nigeria with a GDP of $14,212.
6). Kano State: Kano State is located in the Northern Nigeria. It is arguably the Largest state in Nigeria also with a population of over 9 million people. The people of Kano are Hausa people. The Hausa people are predominantly Muslims,they are known for their decent and religious lifestyle.The Hausa Fulani people are known for their cattle rearing. They are called nomads. The city of kano is also known as a city of commerce as it is filled with people from different state doing businesses especially the Igbo people. Kano is is the 6th Richest state with the GDP of $12,393.
7). Edo State: Edo State is located in the south southern part of Nigeria. Its capital city is Benin.Benin city is known for their rich cultural heritage, lots of ancient historical artifact are attributed to the Old Benin kingdom. Edo State is the 7th Richest Nation in Nigeria with The GDP of $11,888.
. Akwa Ibom State: Akwa Ibom state is located in the south-southern part of Nigeria. Its capital city is Uyo. Akwa Ibom is an oil producing state in the Niger Delta region, and it comprises of the Efik, Ibibio,anang,oron etc. Akwa Ibom is 8th on the list with GDP $11,179.
9). Ogun State: Ogun State is located in the south Western region of Nigeria. The capital city is Abeokuta. The people of Ogun state are Yoruba speaking people. Ongun state is the 9th Richest in Nigeria with GDP $10,470.
10). Kaduna State: Kaduna State is located in the Northern part of Nigeria, with a population of over 5 million people, it is known as the Crocodile city. Though the people of Kaduna speak Hausa language primarily, there are many other indigenous tribes in the state. Kaduna state has an NNPC refinery, though its not an oil producing state. The City of Kaduna is a centre for business and commerce. Its the 10th Richest State in Nigeria with GDP of $10,334.
11). Cross River: Cross River state is located on the south south part of Nigeria, its capital is called calabar. The city of calabar is known for its tourist attractions, and centres. Cross river state was the first Capital of Nigeria. It is also an oil producing state.The people of Cross river are the efiks,Ibibio, obubra,biased,akampka,ugep etc.Cross river state is the 11th Largest state in Nigeria with a GDP $9,292.
12). Abia State: Abia State is located in the south eastern part of Nigeria, is capital city is Umuahia, and its business city is Aba. Aba is a popular city known for its businesses and thousands of self made millionaires. Aba is fondly called The China of Africa. The people of Abia state are Igbo speaking people. Its the 12th richest State in Nigeria with GDP of $8,687.
13). Ondo State: Onto State is located in the south western part of Nigeria. The capital city is Akure. The are Yoruba people with a population of over 1.5 million people. They are the 13 the richest state with GDP $8,414.
14).Osun State: Osun state is located in the south western part of Nigeria. The capital city is Osogbo. The are Yoruba people with a population of over 1.8 million people. They are the 14the richest state with GDP $7,280.
15). Benue State: Benue state is known as the food basket of the nation. The people of Benue are great farmers and very hard working people. The capital city of Benue is Markurdi and the two major ethnic groups are the Idoma and Tiv. Benue state is the 15th Richest state in Nigeria with GDP $6,864.
16). Anambra State: Anambra State is Located in the south easter part of Nigeria. The capital city is Awka and Onitsha is it Center for business activities. The people of anambra state are primarily business people they are known to be very I dependent and industrious. Anambra people are Igbo speaking people. Anambra state is the 16th richest on the list with GDP $6,764.
17). Katsina State: Katsina state is located in northern Nigeria. It is the 17th richest state in Nigeria with GDP $6,022.The People of Katsina are Hausa speaking people.
18). Niger State: Niger state is located in the North central of Nigeria. Its capital is Minna. Niger state is the 18th richest on the list with GDP $6,002.
19). Borno State: Borno State is located in the northern part of Nigeria. Its capital is Maiduguri. In recent times borno state have suffered severe attacks as a result of terrorists attacks from boko haram. Its still is the 19th richest on the list with GDP $5,179.
20). Plateau State: Plateau state is located in the North central part of Nigeria, its capital is Jos. It is very cold city. The people of Jos are hospitable people and the city of Jos is very ripe for business endeavours. Plateau state is the 20th richest state in Nigeria with GDP of $5,154.
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