Imo State, Nigeria

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Imo State is one of the 36 states of Nigeria and lies to the south of this West African country, with Owerri as it capital and largest city.

Imo State came into existence in 1976 along with other new states created under the leadership of the late military ruler of Nigeria, Murtala Muhammad, having been previously part of East-Central State. The state is named after the Imo River. Part of it was split off in 1991 as Abia State, and another part became Ebonyi State. The main cities in Imo State are Owerri, Orlu and Okigwe. The Orashi River has its source in this state. The local language is Igbo and Christianity is the predominant religion.

Imo state is a predominantly Igbo speaking state, with Igbo people constituting a majority of 98%.

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