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Nnewi Overview

Post on 31 August 2015
by Anthony-Claret Onwutalobi
in History
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Nnewi is a town in Anambra State, south-central Nigeria. It is located about 15 miles south of Onitsha and has a population of about 958,000. Geographically, falls within the tropical rain forest region of the world. And as such, it suffers from soil leaching and sol 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, 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)

Nnewi is the only town in Nnewi North LGA. It has four villages (sub-towns) that make up the one-town local government, which includes; Otolo, Uruagu, Umudim and Nnewi-ichi. The traditional ruler of Nnewi- Igwe of Nnewi -presently is Igwe Kenneth Orizu the 3rd of which this royal family is from Otolo Nnewi, and for this reason, is regarded as first among equals of the four villages.

Other traditional rulers exist in other villages and they oversee the traditional affairs of their respective villages, which are Obi Nnamdi AC Obi (ogidi)who is obi of Uruagu, Obi Umudim And obi Onyekaba Of Nnewichi.

1. Schools

Here is the list of secondary schools in Nnewi North Local Government Area:

  1. Girls’ Secondary School, Nnewi
  2. Maria Regina Model Comprehensive Secondary School, Nnewi
  3. Nnewi High School, Nnewi
  4. Nigerian Science & Technical College, Nnewi
  5. Okongwu Memorial Grammar School, Nnewi
  6. Women Educational Centre, Nnewi
  7. Community Secondary School, Nnewichi, Nnewi
  8. Akoboezem Community Secondary School, Uruagu, Nnewi

2. Nnewi Metropolitan City

Country Nigeria
State Anambra State
LGA Nnewi North, Nnewi South
Settled September 4, 1440
Incorporated town April 1904
Incorporated city 1991

Government Type (Local level)

Current King:

Other Leaders:




His Royal Highness Igwe Kenneth Orizu III

Chief Nnamdi Obi,

Chief Kenneth Okafor

Chief George Onyekaba

Government Type (State level)

Governing body


Executive Chairman-Council

Local Government Council



Nnewi indigenes

Nnewi and Satellite towns




7,000/sq mi (2,800/km2)
 Time zone WAT (UTC+ 1)
 Post Code  435101
Religion - Catholics: 77.14%
- African Traditional Religion (A.T.R.): 0.4%
- Others eg. Anglican, Pentecostals: 22.14%