Anambra is a state in southeastern Nigeria .
Its name is an anglicized version of the original
Oma Mbala , the Igbo name of the Anambra River .
The capital and seat of government is Awka .
Onitsha , a historic port city from pre-colonial times,
has developed as by far the largest urban area in
the state. The state’s theme is “Light of the nation”.
Boundaries are formed by Delta State to the west,
Imo State and Rivers State to the south,
Enugu State to the east, and Kogi State to the north.
The name was derived from the Anambra River
(Omambala)m which flows through the area and is
a tributary of the River Niger .
The indigenous ethnic groups in Anambra state are
the Igbo (98% of population) and a small
population of Igala (2% of the population), who live
mainly in the north-western part of the state.
Anambra is the eighth-most populated state in the
Federal Republic of Nigeria and the second-most
densely populated state in Nigeria after Lagos State.
The stretch of more than 45 km between the towns
of Oba and Amorka contains a cluster of numerous
thickly populated villages and small towns, giving
the area an estimated average density of 1,500–
2,000 persons per square kilometre.
Anambra is rich in natural gas , crude oil , bauxite ,
and ceramic. It has an almost 100 percent arable
Anambra state has many other resources in terms
of agro-based activities such as fisheries and
farming, as well as land cultivated for pasturing and
It has the lowest poverty rate in Nigeria.