Nigeria’s 36 States and Their Slogans


Nigeria is divided into 37 divisions, including 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. Each of these states has a unique nickname that is used to identify it. The states are highlighted here, along with their capitals and nicknames.

List of Nigeria’s state nicknames

  • FCT: The capital city is Abuja and its slogan is “Center of Unity”.
  • Abia State: Its capital city is Umuahia and its slogan is “God’s Own State”. It is also called Pride of our Nation
  • Adamawa State: Its capital city is Yola and its slogan is “Land of Beauty, Sunshine and Hospitality”
  • Akwa Ibom State: Its capital city is Uyo and its slogan is “Promised Land”
  • Anambra State: Its capital city is Awka and its slogan is “Home For All”. It is also called “Light of the Nation”
  • Bauchi State: Its capital city is Bauchi and its slogan is “Pearl of Tourism”
  • Bayelsa State: Its capital city is Yenagoa and its slogan is “Glory of all Lands”
  • Benue State: Its capital city is Makurdi and its slogan is “The Nigeria’s Food Basket”
  • Borno State: Its capital city is Maiduguri and its slogan is “Home of Peace”
  • Cross River State: Its capital city is Calabar and its slogan is “The Nation’s Paradise”
  • Delta State: Its capital city is Asaba and its slogan is “The Big Heart”
  • Ebonyi State: Its capital city is Abakaliki and its slogan is “Salt of the Nation”
  • Edo State: Its capital city is Benin and its slogan is “The Heartbeat of the Nation”
  • Ekiti State: Its capital city is Ado-Ekiti and its slogan is “Fountain of Knowledge”
  • Enugu State: Its capital city is Enugu and its slogan is “Coal City State”
  • Gombe State: its capital city is Gombe and its slogan is “Jewel in the Savannah”
  • Imo State: Its capital city is Owerri and its slogan is “The Eastern Heartland”
  • Jigawa State: Its capital city is Dutse and its slogan is “The New World”
  • Kaduna State: Its capital city is Kaduna and its slogan is “Centre of Education”
  • Kano State: Its capital city is Kano and its slogan is “Centre of Commerce”
  • Katsina State: Its capital city is Katsina and its slogan is “Home of Hospitality”
  • Kebbi State: Its capital city is Birnin Kebbi and its slogan is “Land of Equity”
  • Kogi State: Its capital city is Lokoja and its slogan is “The Influence State”
  • Kwara State: Its capital city is Ilorin and its slogan is “The Place of Harmony”
  • Lagos State: Its capital is Ikeja and its slogan is “Centre of Excellence”
  • Nassarawa State: Its capital city is Lafia and its slogan is “Nigeria’s Home of Solid Minerals”
  • Niger State: Its capital city is Minna and its slogan is “The Power State”
  • Ogun State: Its capital city is Abeokuta and its slogan is “Gateway State”
  • Ondo State: Its capital city is Akure and its slogan is “Sunshine State”
  • Osun State: Its capital city is Osogbo and its slogan is “State of the Living Spring”
  • Oyo State: Its capital city is Ibadan and its slogan is and its slogan is
    “Pace Setter”
  • Plateau State: Its capital city is Jos and its slogan is “Home of Peace & Tourism”
  • Rivers State: Its capital city is Port Harcourt and its slogan is “Treasure Base”
  • Sokoto State: Its capital city is Sokoto and its slogan is “The Seat of the Caliphate”
  • Taraba State: Its capital city is Jalingo and its slogan is “Nature’s Gift to the Nation”
  • Yobe State: Its capital city is Damaturu and its slogan is “The Young Shall Grow”
  • Zamfara State: Its capital city is Gusau and its slogan is “Home of Agricultural Products”

That concludes the discussion.

However, some Nigerians believe that some of the names are inappropriate. They argue that some states should not be granted the nickname they have been given. They particularly highlight five of those states as having nicknames that aren’t appropriate.

The following are the states:

  • Edo State
  • Abia State
  • Bayelsa state
  • Niger State
  • Borno State

What reasons did they give for this seemingly strange opinion? Check their reasons below

Edo State

Heart Beat of the Nation is the state’s nickname. Some argue that Edo State is unworthy of the name. They believe that, given the deep rooted immorality that exists in the state, Edo State is not virtuous enough to be dubbed by that appellation.

Abia State

God’s Own State is the state’s moniker. Some argue that the filthy character of Aba, Abia State’s commercial capital, renders the state undeserving of the moniker.

They also claimed that Aba’s high proportion of shoddy imitations of Chinese products and subpar commodities disqualifies the state from such a moniker.

Bayelsa State

Pride of the Nation is the state’s moniker. Those who believe the state does not deserve the term argue that the fact that Diepreye Alamieyeseigha was born in the state negates the need for it to be called Pride of the Nation.

They also made mention of a particular Nigerian musician from Bayelsa State. They believe his music is too unprofessional and unworthy of a product from the ostensibly national pride.

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Niger State

The Power State is the state’s nickname. Those who object to the moniker believe the state should be called The Undulating State. They also believe Kainji Dam does not provide enough electricity to justify the state’s namesake.

Borno State

Home of Peace is the state’s nickname. Those who objected to the name cited the ongoing threat of Boko Haram in the state, which had transformed the area into a terror hotspot.

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