Nnewi is a town in Anambra State, Nigeria. It is located about 15 miles south of Onitsha and has a population of about 958,000. Geographically, it falls within the tropical rain forest region of the world. And as such, it suffers from soil leaching and soil erosion. In spite of these factors, that have reduced the soil to a porous sandy terrain, her citizens have survived this harshness through subsistence type of agriculture and trading. Prior to this period, an elaborate network of trade routes have emerged over the centuries linking them to the coastal region, the riverine Igbos and the entire Igbo mainland (Oru na Igbo)
Before the British took over the administration of Nnewi in 1904, Nnewi as a kingdom had thrived for about four to five hundred years, according to oral tradition. It is believed that the kingdom was founded around the 15th century. Throughout her history, Nnewi employed its military might to maintain her borders and at times to expand them, if need be. Buffer zones were established attacks. She accomplished these without a standing army. Based on the nature of the internal problem, mercenaries from Igboland were brought in to assist in army campaigns or carnage.
Edo is the supreme deity of all the deities in Anaedo clans. The central shrine of this unifying deity is as Nkwo Nnewi (central market). Nnewi, Ichi, and Oraifite are members of Anaedo. These communities have common ancestries with respect to their beliefs and their traditional value system. Afiaolu and Ikwuaru are traditional festivals celebrated by Christians and traditional religionists. Traditional, Nnewi is divided into four quarters: Otolo, Uruagu, Umudim, and Nnewi-Ichi. Each quarter is further divided into villages and family units called Umunna. Each Umunna has a first family known as the obi.
His Royal Highness Igwe K. O. N. Orizu III is the first-class chief in Anambra state from Nnewi and was the Chairman of the Anambra State House of Chiefs. Chief Nnamdi Obi, Chief Kenneth Okafor, and Chief George Onyekaba are the current obis of Uruagu, Umudim, and Nnewichi, respectively. These three Obis with the Igwe Orizu, III as chairman constitute the Igwe-in-Council and they deliberate on the spiritual, traditional, and communal matters, in Nnewi.
For these past fifty years, Nnewi has embarked on various types of community development programs which include building primary schools, post-primary schools, hospitals, rural electrification, and water supply projects. These infrastructures earned her urban status in the early 1970s. In terms of education, Nnewi has 48 elementary schools, 6 post-primary schools,15 hospitals, medical centers and teaching hospital-- Nnamdi Azikiwe University.
In the Nigerian arena of politics, Nnewi has contributed her fair share. Dr. A.A. Nwafor Orizu was president of the Nigerian Senate and later, the Acting President before the first coup d’etat of 1966; Chief Z.C. Obi, Onunekwuluigbo, President General of Ibo State Union 1951-1966; Chief Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, the Biafran leader; Mr. F. C. Nwokedi, the first Nigerian Permanent Secretary. Dr. Dozie Ikedife and Professor A. B. C. Nwosu were Commissioners in the East Central State and Anambra state, respectively. Dr. Sunny Okongwu was a Federal Minister of Finance in Babangida’s government. General Samuel Ifeanyichukwu Momah was a Federal Minister of Science and Technology. Senator Onyeabo Obi (Ose Oji Nnewi) was a Federal Senator, Professor A B C Nwosu was also a Federal Minister of Health in the Obasanjo government Apart from contributing her own share in terms of Nigerian Politics, Nnewi has created a vibrant economy since after the Civil War. In spite of the setback, during and after the Civil War, Nnewi has made a quantum leap with respect to economic development. , Ajulu Uzodike (Ozi Uzo Nnewi) was the President
Nkwo Nnewi Auto spare parts industry started during the Civil War. By the early 1980s, manufacturing of autos, spare parts, and other goods was added to the economy. These industries have survived over the years due to the quality of their products. Their market shares have increased tremendously in recent years. Today, Nnewi accounts for over 23% of products in the Nigerian market with respect to motor vehicles and motorcycle spare parts.
The following are the names of the major manufacturing industries:
Transportation is very vital to the development of any commercial center. Nnewi ranks first among other towns in the aspect of economic development. She embarked on this before the Civil War. Best known names in the transportation industry past and present are:
To support the aforementioned economic progress, Nnewi has at the present, six to seven modern hotels that are well furnished with modern amenities. The most important ones are:
Despite these major steps in the right direction, Nnewi people are still striving to improve their community in terms of good roads, living quarters, and educational facilities. Nnewi organizations
Anambra State is known as the Home for All. The estimated population of the state is approximately 4 million people. The capital of the state is Awka. The major cities and towns in the state are Aguata, Awka, Ihiala, Nnewi, and Onitsha. The state was created on August 27, 1991, following the creation of states exercise in Nigeria. The state was created from the old Anambra State, and derives its name from the Anambra River, which itself is a tributary of the majestic River Niger. Anambra State has two of the largest markets in Nigeria. The markets are the Onitsha Main Market reputed to be the largest of its kind in the West African sub-region, and the Nnewi (Nkwo) Market which is said to be the largest automotive parts market in Nigeria. Few States in Nigeria have as many neighbors as Anambra State. The state shares boundaries with Abia State, Delta State, Enugu State, Imo State, and Kogi State.
Nigeria is located in Western Africa, bordering the Gulf of Guinea, between the countries of Benin and Cameroon. The country has a total land mass of 923,768 square kilometers, which comprises of 13,000 square kilometers of water and 910,768 square kilometers of land. The climate varies from equatorial in the south of Nigeria, to tropical in the center of the country, and arid in northern Nigeria. Nigeria is by far the most populated of African countries. In 2003, Nigeria had an estimated population was 133,881,703, yielding an average density of 145 persons per sq km (375 per sq mi). The economy has been dominated by the production of petroleum, which lies in large reserves below the Niger Delta. Its many ethnic groups give the country a rich culture. Nigeria is composed of more than 250 ethnic groups.
The following are the most populous and politically influential: Hausa and Fulani 29%,Yoruba 21%,Igbo (Ibo) 18%, Ijaw 10%, Kanuri 4%,Ibibio 3.5%,Tiv 2.5%. The estimated age structure of Nigeria in 2002 was that 43.6% of the population (male 28,503,211, and female 28,156,976) was in the 0-14 (years) age bracket. The 15-64 (years) age bracket comprised 53.6% of the population (male 35,418,119, and female 34,179,802) and those that were 65 years and over comprised 2.8% of the population (male 1,832,682, and female 1,844,121)
The Literacy rate of the total population was projected to be 57.1% in 1995, and has since improved significantly. The oil sector of Nigeria provides 20% of GDP, and 95% of foreign exchange earnings, and about 65% of budgetary revenues. Nigeria is the fifth largest source of United States oil imports, and one of the world's largest oil exporters. Other industries in Nigeria include: coal, tin, Columbia, palm oil, peanuts, cotton, rubber, wood, hides and skins, textiles, cement, food products, footwear, chemicals, fertilizer, ceramics, and steel.
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