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Benue State is a state in North Central part of Nigeria. It shares border with Boki LGA in Cross River State


Benue State's slogan is "Food basket of the nation", and the major occupation in the state is farming. The state is known for exporting food to other states in Nigeria. Popularly grown crops include: oranges, mangoes, sweet potatoes, cassava, soya bean, guinea corn, flax, yams, sesame, rice, groundnuts, and Palm Tree.

It is inhabited predominantly by the Tiv, Idoma, Igede and Etulo peoples.

Benue State possesses a rich and diverse cultural heritage which finds expression in colourful cloths, exotic masquerades, supplicated music and dances. Traditional dances from Benue State have won acclaim at national and international cultural festivals. The most popular of these dances include Ingyough, Ange, Anchanakupa, Swange and Ogirinya among others.


Map of Benue State

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

There is an airport at Makurdi which is the city's capital. You can take flight from any part of Nigeria to the state.

By bus[edit]

There are bus terminal across the state. You can take GIGM, God’s Will Transport Services, Pleasure Travels, Nyanya Transport Company, Yaman Transport Company.

By boat[edit]

There is Markudi river through which you can enter the town from.

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

You can move around the state by bus. You can easily get a bus at any bus terminal at cheap rate

By bike[edit]

This is the most preferred means of transportation especially for short distance journey.


Natural attractions in Benue State include hills and ranges such as Ikyogen, Abande, Ngokur, Mkar, Ushongo and Harga. There is a heavily wooded natural trench at Tse-Mker which is believed to be inhabited by dangerous creatures including Pythons. Gurgul is a waterfall on Katsina Ala River. The border stretch adjoining the Obudu/South Cameroon Plateau ranges features forests, dissected hills, dykes, dozens of fast flowing streams and incised valleys.

In the dry season, the water level in both the Benue River and Katsina-Ala River falls, giving rise to sandy river beaches and clean shallow waters. The waters are used for recreational boating and swimming.

At Orokam in Ogbadibo Local government areas, occurs the Enumabia Warm Spring. At Epwa-Ibilla, Andi-Ibilla, Uchenyum-Ibilla, Okochi-Uwokwu, Irachi-Uwokwu, Ette-Uda-Uwokwu, Odepa-Uwokwu, Igbegi-Ipinu-Uwokwu, Edde-Ibilla-Uwokwu, and Ohuma-Uwokwu of Oju, are springs of clean water. There are masses of unusually tall trees in the deep valleys and on the pretty steep highlands, which are all however inhabited.

Historical monuments in the state include the Royal Niger Company Trading Stores at Makurdi and Gbileve near Katsina-Ala; the tombs of the first Dutch missionaries at Harga and Sai in Katsina-Ala Local Government Areas; the tombs of the legendary politician, Mr. J. S. Tarka and past three Tor Tiv in Gboko town; and the trench fortifications in Turan district of Kwande local government areas which were dug by the Tiv to ward off Chamba invasions in the 19th century.

At Utonkon, is a thick forest with tall giant trees, the centre of which used to serve as a slave trade market, but is now the site of shrines and a periodic market. Swem is a shrine site at the foot of the Cameroon range in Kwande local government area from where the Tivs were said to have originated.


The Alekwu ancestral festival of the Idoma people is an occasion when the local people believe their ancestors re-established contact with the living in the form of masquerades.

The Igede-Agba is a yam festival, marked every year in September by the Igede people of Oju and Obi local government areas. Among the Tiv, the Tiv Day, marriage ceremonies and dance competitions (e.g. Swange dance) are often very colourful. Kwagh-Hir is a very entertaining Tiv puppet show.


You can get most foodstuffs and agriculture products at cheap prices in this state especially at their local markets.


Foods in Benue State is very cheap and you can see local restaurants almost everywhere.

  • Lady F Restaurant, Makir Zakpe Way, 981101, Gboko.
  • Sena restaurant, Gboko Road, 981101, Gboko.


There is Mtn, Airtel, Glo and etisalat in most of the cities in the state but the rural towns suffer network problem over there

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