Abakaliki is the capital city of Ebonyi State, one of the southeastern states in Nigeria.
In 2019 Abakaliki's population was about 915,000, but it is estimated in 2021 to be about 1,180,000. The inhabitants are basically members of the Igbo nation. It lies at the crossways of the Enugu, Afikpo and Ogoja Roads. Abakaliki was an important area for the slave trade in the 17th century. This illegitimate trade of able bodied human beings lingered in the Abakaliki with Aro raids into the area and surrounding areas throughout the 18th century.
The name Abakaliki originally means 'Aba Nkaleke' and is the name of a community in Izzi land (Nkaleke). It was formerly the headquarters of the Ogoja province before the creation of the Southeastern State in 1967. Abakaliki is generally populated by the Igbo people. It is predominantly populated by the Northeastern Igbo of the Afikpo-Abakaliki area. Abakaliki is also usually used to refer to people of old Abakaliki political block that make up Ohaukwu-Ishielu-Izzi-Ezza-Ikwo.
Abakaliki is about 64 km away from southeast of Enugu, which is a neighbouring state.
Transportation in and around Abakaliki is basically by road with the aid of a couple notable transport companies located at the area. Some of these transport companies include GUO, a road transport company having a branch location in abakaliki designed to provide travellers with inter-city and interstate transport services, Nsik Motors (AKTC) which gives prompt, reliable, comfortable and affordable road transport services. Peace Mass Transit Limited (PMT) offering safe and reliable road transport service on both intercity and interstate routes at a convenient manner, Tracas Limited, an abbreviation for Transport Company Of Anambra State. However, this transport company has a terminal location in Abakaliki where they provide air conditioned buses that convey passengers to and from the cities and state across the country as well as Young Shall Grow Transport Limited.
Abakaliki has a federal hospital. There has also been enormous infrastructural developments like road construction, shopping malls and market places, and trans-Sahara fly-over bridges.
Also, Ebonyi State University main campus is on the outskirts of the city.
- National Museum, Abakaliki (National Commission For Museums and Monuments), Old Governor’s Lodge, Abakaliki road. Mon - Sat 8am–5pm, Sun closed. The museum is filled with rich historical artifacts, models, statues and works of art from various parts of the country. Please do note that cameras, phones or any recording equipment are not allowed during the museum tour.
- Abakaliki Golf Club, Onueke Township Stadium, Abakaliki-Ugep Road. The golf club is equipped with a 9 hole public golf course for games.
As in the past, Abakaliki is a center of agricultural trade of food products such as such as yams, cassava, rice, and both palm oil and palm kernels. The area predominantly has an agrarian economy. Asides agriculture, it is also known for its local lead, zinc, salt, and limestone mining or quarrying as part of its economy.
Abakaliki has a prominent market known as Abakpa Main Market. This market is situated at the centre of Abakiliki, the Ebonyi State capital. It has been in existence since the colonial period (before the independence of Nigeria in 1960). As a result it is rated among the oldest markets in the South-East and beyond.
There are a couple eateries that offer varieties of dishes available for visitors and travellers at a pocket friendly rate in Abakaliki. They include Crunches Fried Chicken restaurant at Afikpo road, Abakaliki, Vegas Restaurant and Bakery along Ogoja Road, beside MTN Office, Azuiyi Udene, Abakaliki, Mr Bigg's at 4, Water Works/Gunning Road, Azuiyi Udene 480251, Abakaliki, HydeParks Delight Pizza at No 2 Old Market Road, Abakaliki, Choppee Restaurant at 15 Breckenbery Street, Azuiyi Udene, Abakaliki, Food Home and Delicacies at 53 Enugu-Abakaliki Rd, Ntezi Abba.
Abakaliki offers a good and affordable hotel accommodation for visitors. These includes Salt Spring Resort Hotel located at old Enugu Road, Abakaliki about 60 km away from Enugu airport, Osborn La-Palm Royal Resort situated at Osbourne Avenue, Mile 50, Abakaliki, Hotel Geneva Abakaliki at 19 Onwe Road Abakaliki, 62 km away from Akanu Ibiam Enugu airport, Great Aristocrat Suites at 2, Udude Street, Abakaliki among so many other nice and affordable places to lodge.
For most locations in the city, there is coverage of the 2G/3G/4G mobile networks, only that service may be disrupted the farther away you go from the city center, and you might occasionally experience network outage for all or some of the mobile phone service providers in the remote areas of the city. Different networks tend to be more stable and reliable in different locations of the city at different times.
A travel plan to Abakaliki should probably consider possession of multiple SIM cards, preferably for all the mobile service providers, since you can't tell which will be more stable and reliable at a time in your location during your visit. And if you will risk not having any of them, you might be better off not risking the MTN network, because, from indications, it seem to perform well than the others, though its rates may be high and its offers and services might be stringent, but you are less likely to be concerned of erratic voice and data connection compared to others.
Airtel is another service provider which is fairly satisfactory for all you might need to connect to the world, including rates and network stability. Of course, Glo (or Globacom) boasts of fast network speed for internet browsing activities, only that you might not be able to enjoy the privilege in some locations. And 9Mobile usually also performs well in internet browsing speed too but not without locational limitations, plus that data rate is fairly higher.