Abi 

Abi Local Government Area is in the Central Senatorial District of Cross River State. The headquarters of the local government area is Itigidi. There are ten wards in the local government area.

ABI
Local Government Area
Location of Abi Local Government Area in Cross River State
Senatorial District Central
Created
Local Government Headquarter Itigidi
Area334.52 km2
Government
ChairmanRt. Hon. Farathor Robinson Riman
Vice Chairman
Leader of Legislative CouncilHon. Iteh John
Paramount Ruler
Wards        10
Educational Institutions
Marjor Markets

Geography

Abi Local Government Area  is bounded in the West by Ebonyi State, to the south by Biase LGA and to the East by Yakurr LGA.

History

People from Abi come from the Agbo subgroup of Igbo. One of the largest tribes within Abi Local Government is Bahumono, which includes eight villages: Anong, Ediba, Usumutong, Abeugo, Afafanyi, Igonigoni, Ebom, and Ebiriba.

There are linguistic differences among the Bahumono people with the major variant being the Ohumono language. They are all historically known to have migrated from a place within the hills of Ruhura (ekpon a ruhura) called Hotumusa (old town) which lies in a region between the present day Ediba and Usumutong villages.

The Ediba people at Hotumusa had hunters who found a riverine location where Ediba situates presently. The hunters related the news to her people and Ogbudene led the people in a siege against the locals of the river dwelling and drove them across the river. Four of Five of the Ediba families (Henugwehuma, Henusokwe, Enihom and Henuowom) quickly left and colonised the river area. The Ezono clan (made up of Bazorang, Batonene and Fonahini), the last family, decided to stay back at Hotumusa, where they had always been the head land owners and leading family among the other five.

This small clan has had its own dynastic legacy, festivals, deities and new yam celebrations to this day.

Local Government Wards

There are ten wards in the local government area. The wards are:

Adadama

Afafanyi/Igonigoni

Ekureku I

Ekureku II

Imabana I

Imabana II

Usumutong/Abuego

Itigidi

Ebom

Ediba/Anong

Languages

Languages in Abi LGA are Agwagwune; Ikwo-Igbo

Festivals

Tourism

Culture

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