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South East Nigeria (Igboland) is a region of Nigeria that borders Cameroon to the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. It is composed of the following states: Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo.


Map of South East Nigeria

Enugu State

  • 1 Enugu — a popular filming location for Nollywood productions
  • 2 Nsukka
  • 3 Uzo-Uwani

Anambra State

  • 4 Nnewi — a major industrial and commercial hub
  • 5 Onitsha — home to the largest market in Africa
  • 6 Awka

Imo State

  • 7 Owerri — the entertainment capital of Nigeria because of its high density of hotels, high street casinos, and production studios
  • 8 Orlu
  • 9 Okigwe

Abia State

  • 10 Umuahia — a railway and agricultural market centre
  • 11 Aba

Ebonyi State

Other destinations[edit]



The dominant language of the region is Igbo.


Although most people in the southeast speak enough English to get by, it is best learning a few words and phrases in Igbo, the dominant language here.

Get in[edit]

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

South East Nigeria has a well-developed road system that makes travel easy by car. Vehicles can be hired at any one of the cities.




Yams are the cultural food of the Igbos, the people of the eastern Nigeria.


Stay safe[edit]


As with any other region of Nigeria, you would most likely find a reliable coverage of the 2G/3G mobile networks in most states and cities of this region, but reliable coverage of the 4G network might only be limited to some cities or states. Signal strength might diminish further away from cities' centers, and you might occasionally experience a network outage for all or some of the mobile phone service providers in some remote areas in the region. Different networks tend to be more stable and reliable in different locations of the region at different times.

MTN, 9Mobile, Airtel (Zain) and GLO are all available service providers. So if you are planning a visit to any of the southeastern states or cities of Nigeria, you should probably consider having 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 reliability. 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 (formerly Etisalat) usually also performs well in internet browsing speed too but with locational limitations as well, plus data rate is fairly higher.

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