The name “Adamawa” came from the founder of the kingdom, Modibo Adama who also founded Yola, the state capital.
Meanwhile, these Emirs still rule them up to this present day with the current Emir being Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Musdafa, who was turbaned on 18 March 2010 as the traditional ruler.
Among the locals, the Emirs are fondly called Lamido, which is the native name for their traditional rulers.
In fact, the major languages therein include, but are not limited to, Bacama/Bata (Bwatiye), Bura-Pabir, Fulfulde, Huba (Kilba), Longuda.
There are several other minority groups and languages in Adamawa state, some of which are on the brink of extinction.
Landmass (Size of Adamawa state)
Adamawa state is one of the largest states in Nigeria, occupying a landmass of about 36,917 square kilometers.
The population of Adamawa state
Based on the last census conducted in 2006, Adamawa state had a population of 3,178,950 (3.1 million).
Since Nigeria has not conducted any census recently, it will be extremely difficult to give an exact estimate of the current population. Many people, however, project that the current population should be in the region of 5 million.
Local Government Areas
Adamawa State is made up of twenty-one Local Government Areas (LGAs) they are:
- Mubi North
- Mubi South
- Yola North (State capital)
- Yola South
Map of Adamawa State
- Adamawa state is the 8th largest in Nigeria in terms of land area, boasting a size of around 36,917 km²
- As of 2007, the state had a total GDP of $4.58 billion and GDP Per Capita of $1,417.
- In 1991, Taraba State was carved out from Gongola State, then the remaining part of Gongola State was renamed Adamawa State