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Slogan of States In Nigeria And The Reason Behind Them

Last updated on May 17th, 2023 at 09:23 pm


All 36 states in Nigeria have a slogan (or nickname) peculiar to them due to their activities or a record that they have set politically, economically, religiously, and culturally.

Most times, people who are familiar with the history of such a state use the slogan to praise them.

Below is a list of states and their slogan in Nigeria including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, which comes with the motto, “Centre of Unity” because of its geographical location as centre of Nigeria.

Cross River StateThe People’s ParadiseApart from Obudu Cattle Ranch, Cross River boasts of other breathtaking places like Slave History Museum, Tinapa Business Resort, and Agbokim waterfalls among others. Judging by all the attraction centres in the state, it prides itself as “The People’s Paradise” A state where everyone who visits doesn’t want to leave because of the paradise-like environment
Borno StateHome of PeaceBorno State derives its motto from its peaceful environment before the activities of the deadly terrorist group Boko Haram. Even as terrorists ISWAP and Boko Haram continue to wreak havoc in the state, the Kanuri people are still very lovely people to live with, very hospitable.
Adamawa StateLand of BeautyAdamawa derives its nickname from its beautiful mountainous sites and breathtaking landscape,
Bayelsa StateGlory of all LandsCrude oil, Nigeria’s major revenue, was first discovered in Oloibiri, the reason for the slogan
Benue StateFood Basket of the NationBenue derives its slogan because of the fact that the state Benue State boasts of rich soil which is good for agricultural products like yam, rice, beans, sweet potato among others
Abia StateGod’s Own StateAbia derives its moniker from the fact that “Abia” was mentioned in the Holy Bible Luke 1 vs 5
Anambra StateLight of the Nation (formerly home for all)It came up with its slogan because Anambra has produced prominent men and women who Nigeria proud, from economists to industrialists, from academic to innovators
Bauchi StatePearl of TourismBauchi is home to Yankari game reserve, Shehu Azare Park, Unity, and other tourist attraction centres
Akwa Ibom StateLand of PromiseAkwa Ibom gets its nickname from its economic prospect.
Delta StateBig Heart Of The Nation (formerly The Finger of God)Delta’s motto is inspired by the contribution the state makes to Nigeria’s oil revenue.
Ebonyi StateSalt of the NationSalt is one of the natural resources the state is blessed with.
Jigawa StateThe New WorldIt’s surrounded by hills
Ekiti StateLand of Honour and Integrity (Formerly known as Fountain of Knowledge)The state believes that its people who also cherish education so much that Ekiti people are principled due to their display of high dose of integrity and sincerity. Ekiti slogan in in Yoruba means “ile iyi, ile eye”
Gombe StateJewel of the SavannahIt’s covered with expansive savannah
Enugu StateCoal City StateThe motto of Enugu State is inspired by the large deposit of coal in the state. In fact, a researcher says the coal in Enugu can be a huge source of power to serve the entire country if properly harnessed.
Kaduna StateCentre of Learning (formerly Liberal State)Kaduna is a home to numerous educational centres in the Northern part apart from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)
Edo StateHeartbeat of The NationThe first set of Europeans had contact with the Benin Kingdom in 1472. It was also the first to establish first diplomatic relationship with the Portuguese. As such, the history of civilisation is incomplete without the Bini people. Civilisation came into Nigeria through them, the reason for the motto, “Heartbeat of the Nation”
Kano StateCentre of CommerceIn the Northern part of Nigeria, Kano was the first to open a “modern” market known as Kurmi Market in the 15th century for commercial activity where gets traders from other parts of the region. As such, Kano derives its slogan from that commercial activity as the “Centre of Commerce”
Katsina StateHome of HospitalityIts extraordinary friendliness to strangers makes it the state adopts the nickname “home of hospitality” However, the deadly activities of Boko Haram remnants who are now mildly called “bandits” have eroded that slogan
Kwara StateState of HarmonyIts mixed culture of Yoruba and Fulani inspires its motto
Imo StateEastern Heartland (formerly Land of Hope)It is one of the earliest states in southeastern region
Lagos StateCentre of ExcellenceBecause of its peaceful co-existence of nearly all the ethnic groups in Nigeria.
Kogi StateThe Confluence State It is situated at the confluence of the Niger and Benue rivers
Nasarawa StateHome of Solid MineralsNasarawa is blessed with at least known 20 natural resources out of over 40 mineral resources found in Nigeria
Niger StateThe Power StateNiger hosts Nigeria’s three major hydro-electric power stations. It powers the country.
Ogun StateGateway StateReligiously, the state is home to many religious camps and prayer centres and to millions of religious Nigerians, serving God and keeping to His wills is the only gateway to heaven.   In cross-border trade, Ogun is the gateway to other African countries (most especially the Southwestern region) through Benin Republic.
Kebbi StateLand of Equity 
Taraba StateNature’s Gift to the NationBecause of its ability of properly manage its cultural diversity, its leaders believe Taraba is a nature’s gift to Nigeria
Osun StateState of the Living Spring (Land of Virtue)Osun’s slogan was changed from “The State of the Living spring” to “land of virtue” by former governor Rauf Aregbesola.

In Yoruba, it simply means “Ipinle Omoluabi” which is a state that upholds the high moral standard. But the slogan of Osun was reverted to the previous one, “State of the Living Spring” by the PDP government of Sen. Ademola Adeleke on the day he took the mantle of power through an Executive Order on November 27, 2022.
Oyo StatePace Setter StateThe state is famous to have set the pace for a lot of record-breaking events e.g Liberty stadium is the first of its kind in Africa; The first television station in Nigeria Western Nigerian Television (WNTV) which later transformed to Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) was the first of kind in Nigeria. The state is home to the first teaching hospital, making it a state that set the pace for others
Plateau StateHome of Peace and TourismThe serene landscape combined with beautiful attraction centres makes Plateau prides itself as the home of peace. However, the recent attacks on some communities in the state have dealt a huge blow on tourist attractiveness of the state
Sokoto StateSeat of the CaliphateIt is the seat of former Sokoto caliphate
Ondo StateSunshine StateIt got the appellation because of its abundant resources
Rivers StateTreasure Base of the NationIt derives its nickname from its economic endowment and abundant God-given resources
Yobe StatePride of the SahelIt stretches along the Sahara
Zamfara StateFarming is Our PrideOver 80 percent of the people in Zamfara are farmers, they cultivate legumes which require irrigation hence its nickname, “farming is our pride”
FCTCentre of UnityIt’s the centre of Nigeria
Wrapping up:

It’s also very important to note that appellations of some states in Nigeria are more popular than others, especially states that are known for commercial activities and political dominance such Lagos and Kano.

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Historically, when you hear, “Seat of the Caliphate” what comes to mind is Sokoto State because it’s the seat of the former Sokoto Caliphate.

Some state governors changed the slogan of their state e.g Rauf Aregbesola (ex-Osun governor).

The ex-governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan changed the appellation of Delta to “The Finger of God” during his administration, but Ifeanyi Okowa reverted it to “Big Heart Of The Nation”


  • Opeyemi Quadri

    Ope is a finance writer and researcher with 10+ years of experience in content creation. His interests cut across decentralized finance, investment, foreign exchange, government policies and politics.

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