Abia is a state in the south eastern part of Nigeria, the state was created in 1991 from Imo State. The southern part of the State lies within the riverine part of Nigeria, it is a low-lying tropical rainforest with some oil-palm brush, the southern portion gets heavy rainfall of about 2,400 millimetres (94 in) per year and is especially intense between the months of April through October. The rest of the State is moderately high plain and wooded savanna. Abia State, which occupies about 6,320 square kilometres, is bounded on the north and northeast by the states of Anambra, Enugu, and Ebonyi, to the west by Imo State, to the east and southeast by Cross River State and Akwa Ibom State respectively and to the south is Rivers State. The capital of the state is Umuahia, and the major commercial city is Aba, The State is one of the constituent states of the Niger Delta region and the 5th most industrialized state in the country. The most important rivers in Abia State are the Imo and Aba Rivers which flow into the Atlantic Ocean through Akwa Ibom State.
Below are some of the top places of interest in the state
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1. National War Museum Umuahia
The National War Museum in Umuahia is the most visited museum and tourist center in Nigeria. Located in Umuahia, Abia state, the museum showcases the military history of Nigeria with relics form the Biafra-Nigerian civil war. it has a collection of tanks, AFLs, ships and aircraft all from Nigeria and Biafra. Inside the museum gallery are displays of images and artifacts of wars, the museum also houses the ojukwu bunker where the Biafra war lord is said to have lived during the war, in the bunker are pictures of both Nigeria and Biafra commandants, the Voice of Biafra Radio station, images of war victims and other.
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2. Azumini Blue River
The Azumini Blue River is a tourist destination for nature lovers, located in Abia state along its boundary with Akwa Ibom state. The River has become a destination for Tourist because of the beautiful scenery it offers. The features of the River include its crystal Clear aqua marine color, where it’s name Azumini Blue River comes from. the river bank is perfect for picnicking, camping, photo shoot and so on, other actives one can engage in is boat ride or (canoeing) canoe paddling, swimming etc.
3. Long Juju Slave route Arochukwu
attractions in Abia State as people seek to explore the shrine of Ibini Ukpabi and the cult monument of Kamula.
4. Akwete Town
Akwete is a town in Abia state, it is the Headquarter of Ukwa East Locale Government of the state. Akwete is known in Nigeria and West Africa for its unique weaving making the town an important tourist destination in the state. Akwete cloth is a unique hand woven textile produced in Igboland for which the town of Akwete in Abia state, South Eastern Nigeria is famous. The raw materials used in its production are wool, cotton, silk, raffia, cotton and the bark of certain trees (hemp). the Akwete cloth was originally referred to as “Akwa Miri” (Cloth of the water) meaning towel. The traditional Igbo weaving as demonstrated in Akwete processes sisal-hemp, raffia and spun cotton into finished product on a wide vertical loom.
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5. Amanagwu Waterfall
Amanagwu waterfall, Known as Ogbana nkume is located in Amanagwu Arochukwu.. The waterfall which is one of the major tourist attractions in the town attracts visitors from within and outside the community. As the waterfall makes its way down the rock, its forms a pool at the base of the rock. The waterfall is a perfect relaxation spot ideal for picnicking and swimming.
6. National Museum Of colonial History Aba