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Imo State (Igbo: Ora Imo) is a state in Nigeria’s South-East geopolitical zone that is bordered to the north by the states of Anambra and Abia, as well as the west and south of Rivers State. It gets its name from the Imo River, which borders the state on the east. Owerri is the state’s capital, and it is known as the “Eastern Heartland.”
Imo is the fourteenth most populated state out of the 36, with an estimated population of more than 5.4 million as of 2016. Imo is the third smallest state in terms of area. Geographically, the State is divided between the drier Cross-Niger transition woods in the middle of the State and the swamp forests of the Niger Delta in the far east. The state’s rivers and lakes, including the Oguta Lake in western Imo State and the Awbana, Imo, Orashi, and Otamiri rivers, are further significant geographical features.
The Igbo people, who make up the majority of the ethnic groupings in present-day Imo State, have lived there for many years. English and the Igbo language are both widely spoken throughout the state. Before the Aro Confederacy was vanquished by British forces in the early 1900s during the Anglo-Aro War, what is now Imo State was a part of the medieval Kingdom of Nri and the subsequent Aro Confederacy. Following the war, the British annexed the region and turned it into the Southern Nigeria Protectorate, which then united with British Nigeria in 1914 and turned Imo into a focal point of the Women’s War’s anti-colonial resistance.
The current state of Imo was a member of the Eastern Region upon independence in 1960 until the region was split in 1967, at which point it became a component of the East Central State. Less than two months later, as part of the secessionist, Igbo nationalist state of Biafra, the former Eastern Region sought to separate from Nigeria during the three-year Nigerian Civil War. Owerri and its surroundings changed hands twice throughout the war before Owerri was designated the Biafran capital in 1969. The area was fiercely contested during the conflict. When Operation Tail-Wind took the city and put an end to the conflict in early 1970, Imo State as it is known today was taken by federal forces. Following the end of the war and the unity of Nigeria, the East Central State was reconstituted until the Murtala Muhammed administration created Imo State in 1976. After fifteen years, Imo State was split in two, with the eastern portion becoming the new Abia State.
The State’s economy is heavily reliant on agricultural production, particularly the production of palm oil, which is used for cooking by most residents. The production of crude oil and natural gas, particularly in Imo’s north and west, is a significant minor business. The 1996 Otokoto Riots, which were against a cult, and the ongoing separatist violence from the Eastern Security Network and other opportunistic nativist gunmen are two instances of violence that have plagued the State at various moments during its history. Imo State has the joint-sixth highest Human Development Index in the nation despite turmoil, thanks to its rapidly expanding population and industry.