Anambra State is one of the major states in South Eastern Nigeria. The state was created in 1976 from part of the East Central State. The state’s capital at that time was Enugu.
However, in 1991, there was a restructuring which led to Anambra State being divided into Enugu and Anambra. Currently, the capital of Anambra is Awka.
The origin of the name, Anambra comes from the anglicized version of the original ‘Oma Mbala which is the native name of the Anambra River. It is a tributary of the River Niger.
Some of the biggest centres in Anambra are Onitsha, Nnewi and Ekwulobia. These centres are major industrial and commercial centres in the state.
Anambra has produced several billionaire businessmen and some of these include: Emeka Offor (the Chrome Group), Ifeanyi Ubah (Capitol Oil), Innocent Chukwuma (Innoson Motors), Cosmas Maduka (Coscharis Motors), Cletus Ibeto (Ibeto Group) and Augustine Ilodibe (Ekene dili Chukwu Transport)
Overall, the ethnic groups in Anambra state are the Igbo (98% of population) and a small population of Igala (2% of the population) who live mainly in the north-western part of the state.
Currently, Anambra is the eighth most populated state in the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the second most densely populated state in Nigeria after Lagos State. The stretch of more than 45 km between Oba and Amorka contains a cluster of numerous thickly populated villages and small towns giving the area an estimated average density of 1,500–2,000 persons per square kilometre.
In this post, we’ll take a look at the theme of the state, the logo (coat of arms) and the state’s anthem.
The theme of the state is “Light of the Nation” and the vision of the state is to become the first choice investment destination and most preferred location to site new industries.
In addition, the mission of the state is to create a socially stable, business friendly environment that will attract both indigenes and foreigners to seek wealth creating opportunities in Anambra State.
The logo of the state is represented by the Coat of Arms. The elements on this emblem are quite symbolic and have been elaborated below:
Ugo di ebube
Ugo di ebube symbolizes Royalty, Pride and Excellence in Igbo cosmology. No other bird typifies the Anambra person better than the Royal Eagle.
Nkwu in Igbo cosmology stands for plenty. The pair here represents the wealth of talents that abound in both the male and female citizens of Anambra.
The Niger Bridge
This engineering artistry is iconic. The Niger Bridge symbolizes the gateway into the heart of the Igbo nation.
The state also has an anthem and the wordings have been highlighted below:
With all our hearts, we pray and ask, God bless Anambra, God bless the shining light that we bear.
We are the only ones to make her brighter, the only ones to make her better, the only ones to make Anambra shine, with our sweat and blood every breath of our lives, with trust in God, we would lift our home land high, we believe in togetherness, we’ll build a land of progress.
Lift the spirit of Anambra, Lift the spirit of Anambra, Lift the spirit of Anambra State we love.