About Obi Local Government Area (L.G.A)

Obi local government area is in Benue state, North-central geopolitical zone of Nigeria and has its headquarters in the town of Obarike-ito. Obi LGA shares boundaries with the Gwer, Konshisha, Otukpo, Ado, and Oju LGAs and the LGA is made up of several towns and villages such as Ojegbe, Ameka, Abelega, Odiapa, Yeshewe, and Owo. Obi LGA has an estimated population of 193,098 inhabitants with the area mostly inhabited by the people of Igede ethnic group. The Igede language is commonly spoken in the LGA while the religions of Christianity and Islam are practiced in the area. Popular festivals celebrated in Obi LGA include the Igede Agba festival.


Obi LGA has the River Obi flowing through its territory. The average temperature of Obi LGA is put at 28 degrees centigrade with the area lying in the Middle belt guinea savannah region. The landscape of the LGA is characterized by undulating flat lands and a few hills.


Farming is an important aspect of the economy of Obi LGA with crops such as Rice, yam, cassava, beniseed, and peanut grown in large quantities within the area. Trade also flourishes in the LGA with the area being home to several markets where a plethora of commodities are bought and sold. Other important economic activities engaged in by the people of Obi LGA include food processing, wood carving, and blacksmithing.


Obi LGA was created on October 1, 1996 from the Oju LGA.

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