#KnowTheStates: Things you need to know about Enugu State (Coal City)

Although Nigeria has 36 states and the FCT Abuja, many Nigerians are only knowledgeable about their state or have a vague sense of other states in the country.

There are so many Nigerians who are yet to step out of their state of origin or their geo-political region.

With this #Knowthestates series, we will be introducing the states to our readers. We’ll be starting off with Enugu State, a.k.a Coal city state, a.k.a 042.

Do you know that Enugu state was created via a military decree on the 27th of August, 1991?

Do you know that Enugu state has the first indigenous university, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) and that university of Nigeria Nsukka is ranked  as one of the best universities in Nigeria?

Enugu state is predominantly an agrarian society with yam, palm produce and rice being their main produce.

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Apart from coal which the state is famous for, there are newly discovered mineral deposits such as limestone, iron ore, crude oil, natural gas and bauxite.

Okpa, also referred to as king’s meal or lion’s food is a popular Igbo dish of Eastern Nigeria which originated from Enugu. It is made from bambara flour gotten from bambara nut.  Okpa is very easy to prepare as few ingredients are required and it takes just about 45 to 50 minutes to cook. Okpa which is mostly wrapped in banana leaves or thin white nylon bags can be gotten anywhere in Enugu as vendors sells them in virtually all the joints and parks in the state.

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Abacha, also referred to as African salad is a traditional Igbo meal of eastern Nigeria, abacha which originated from Enugu is made from cassava. Abacha can be served as an appetizer or main meal, it is mostly used to welcome visitor before serving them the main meal.

Do you know that Enugu state has a kind of food called Agbugbu ? It is a favorite dish for most locals in Enugu and most visitors tend to fall in love with this meal at first taste. Porridge made with yam and a kind of beans- Pigeon peas, a tropical and subtropical perennial legume that belongs to the family of Fabaceae.

Some of the famous personalities from Enugu states include actors Nkem Owoh, and Patience Ozokwor

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