- Capital : Umuahia
- Website : www.abiastate.gov.ng
- Governor : Okezie Ikpeazu
- ISO 3166 code : NG-AB
Created on August 27, 1991, Abia state covers a total area of 6,320 km2 (2,440 sq mi) and has a total population of 2,845,370 as at the 2006 census. With an average population density of 450/km2 (1,200/sq mi) and a total GDP (2010) of $8,687 Million, at $3,003 Per Capita.
Located in South Eastern Nigeria, the name ‘Abia' was coined from an abbreviation of four of the state's densely populated regions Aba, Bende, Isiukwuato, and Afikpo. The state is one of the nine constituent states of the oil rich Niger Delta region sharing common boundaries with Imo State in the west, Cross River State in the east, Akwa Ibom and Rivers in the south and Ebonyi and Enugu states in the north. Its populace is mostly Christians and is predominately Igbo people (95% of population) although English is widely spoken and serves as the official language in governance and business.
The very creative and entrepreneurial people of Abia State are predominantly traders and small scale clothing manufacturers and Aba is regarded as one of the commercial towns in the country. Besides trading, the people of Abia State are farmers and crops obtained in the State include palm produce, maize, rice, yam, cassava, fruits and vegetables. Abia State is blessed with mineral resources such as lead, zinc, fine sand, limestone and petroleum.
Ikpeazu was born on October 18, 1964, to the family of late Ishmael and Bessie Ikpeazu of Umuebere in Umuobiakwa village, Isialaukwu, Mbato Autonomous Community in Obi Ngwa Local Government Area of Abia State, Nigeria. Before joining politics, Ikpeazu had been a lecturer in several Nigerian educational institutions.