Owerri travel guide

Government House Junction, Okigwe road, Owerri
Located in south-eastern Nigeria, Owerri, set in the heart of the Igboland, is the capital city of Imo State. This city has an estimated population of about 400,000 as of 2006 and it is approximately 40 square miles (100 km2) in area. Owerri is bordered by the Otamiri River to the east and the Nworie River to the south.

The city is currently under the kingship of His Royal Highness, Eze Dr. Emmanuel Emenyonu Njemanze (The Ozuruigbo of Owerri). The stool of the Eze Owere was founded in the 14th century when the first Owerri traditional ruler, Eze Eke Onunwa was installed. Christianity is the dominant religion in Owerri with Catholics and Anglicans having the largest followers. The city can be reached

Getting there
Owerri is served by Sam Mbakwe Airport which is about 14 miles (23 km) south of the city. The airport is served by Aerocontractors, Air Nigeria, Arik Air and Chachangi Airlines offering daily connections to Lagos and Abuja. The city is also connected by road directly to Port Harcourt, Aba and Onitsha. Some major roads within the city are Douglas Road, Weathral Road etc.


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Oguta Lake, Oguta
Oguta Lake is the largest natural lake in Imo State and is supposed to have originated from a natural depression. The lake is of immense value to the people of Oguta, Orsu, Nkwesi and Awo. In the colonial era, the Oguta Lake was a port for the evacuation of palm products and the relics of the jetties used by the United African Company (U. A. C.) still exist today. During the civil war, the Oguta Lake was a marine base for the Biafran Navy. Visitors can take a cruise on the lake or play a round of golf on the 18-hole course on the bank of the lake.

Amusement Park, Owerri
This Park was created for relaxation and entertainment for families, visitors and children within the Owerri community.

Nekede Zoo
This is a biological garden complex located at old Nekede in Owerri. The Zoo has stock of different animals ranging from Lions, Pythons, Monkey, Ostrich, Crocodile, Cattle Egret, Guerrilla, and different birds.

Ada Palm Plantation Complex
Established in 1974, Ada palm is the biggest and most viable oil palm plantation in West Africa. The palm plantation, which occupies about 4,310 hectares of land, with a housing estate, was one of the nation’s major sources of foreign exchange before the discovery of petroleum. This plantation lies in the parcel of land between Amafor and Egbema in Ohiji/Egbema LGA. Access is Owerri to Port-Harcourt road; turn right to Amafor about 20km from Owerri.

Asumpta Cathedral
Located in the centre of Owerri, it is reputed to be the biggest Catholic Church in West Africa, fashioned in Italian architectural design.

Mbari Cultural & Art Centre, Owerri
Mbari centre is situated at Ikenegbu in Central Owerri. It is being housed by the Imo State council for Arts and Culture. Mbari is an open air museum that houses monumental arts that depicts peace, prosperity and social life in Igbo land

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