Federal State

Owerri is the capital of Nigeria's Imo State and situated in the southeast of Nigeria. One calculation according to the 2012 it has almost 540,000 inhabitants.


After Umuahia had been occupied in the Biafran war by Nigerian troops, Owerri was appointed on 22 April 1969 on the third capital of Biafra. On January 9, 1970, six days before the surrender of Biafra, also Owerri was occupied.

Economy and infrastructure

Important agricultural or forestry products in the city are yams, cassava, taro, corn, rubber and palm oil. The Imo Airport is located approximately 23 km to the south and connects with Owerri Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Enugu.

Owerri is the seat of two universities, the Federal University of Technology, which is subject to the Federal Republic, and the Imo State University, the University of Imo State. In Owerri, the Dan Anyiam Stadium, a multipurpose stadium is with a capacity of 10,000 spectators, the Heartland FC hosts in the first Nigerian football league.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Herbie Hide (born 1971 ), boxer
  • Nwankwo Kanu (born 1976 ), football player
  • Chinasa Gloria Okoro (* 1987), football player