Kogi State is a state in the Middle Belt region of Nigeria, bordered to the east by the states of Ekiti and Kwara, to the north by the Federal Capital Territory, to the northeast by Nasarawa State, to the northwest by Niger State, to the southwest by the states of Edo and Ondo, to the southeast by the states of Anambra and Enugu, and to the west by Benue State as being the only state in Nigeria to border ten other states. Named for the Hausa word for river ’kogi’, Kogi State was formed from parts of Benue State, Niger State, and Kwara State on 27 August 1991. The state is nicknamed the “Confluence State” due the fact that the confluence of the River Niger and the River Benue occurs next to its capital, Lokoja. Important geographic features include the key rivers with the Niger flowing from the northwest and the Benue coming from the northeast before the two rivers meet in Kogi’s centre and bisect the state southward. The state has 21 local government areas. Economically, Kogi State is largely based around agriculture, mainly of coffee, cashew, groundnut, cocoa, oil palm, and yam crops. Other key industries are crude oil extraction and the livestock herding of cattle, goats, and sheep. It is the thirteenth largest and twentieth in area and population respectively with about 4.5 million population as at 2016.
Festivals and Traditions
- Egbe Festival: This is an annual rite of reburial for past Onus of Egume in the Dekina LGA.
- Ekuechi Festival: This is an annual festival in Ebiraland held to mark the end of the lunar year. It is a unique occasion characterized by dances and philosophical songs.
- Italo Festival: The Italo festival is an annual assembly of all Igala sons and daughters at home and abroad involving traditional music and dances at Anyigba. During this festival, the Attah of Igala (the paramount ruler of the Igala Kingdom) makes a special address to his subjects.
- Ogani Festival: Ogani is an annual festival of war dances celebrated in Idah and Ankpa. This is a traditional festival held by the Ogori-Magongo people celebrating the chastity of women and the initiation of adolescent girls into womanhood.
- Ovia-Osese Festival: This is a traditional festival held by the Ogori-Magongo people celebrating the chastity of women and the initiation of adolescent girls into womanhood.
Tourists Attractions and Locations
- Mount Patti
- National Museum of Colonial History
- Holy Trinity School
- Inikpe Statue