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Onitsha (pop 7 million 2005 est.) is a city, commercial centre and river port of Anambra State, South eastern Nigeria. It lies at a major east-west crossing point of the Niger river, and occupies the northernmost point of the river regularly navigable by large vessels. These factors have historically made Onitsha a major centre for trade between the coastal regions and the north, as well as between eastern and western Nigeria. Onitsha possesses one of the very few road bridge crossings of the mile-wide Niger river. Melbourne, Australia by night For alternate meanings see city (disambiguation) A city is an urban area, differentiated from a town, village, or hamlet by size, population density, importance, or legal status. ... Categories: Stub | Commercial item transport and distribution | Transportation ... Anambra is a state in east-central Nigeria. ... Map of Niger river. ...


Immigrants from the Kingdom of Benin are believed to have founded Onitsha in the 16th century. It soon became capital of an Igbo kingdom. In 1857 British traders in palm oil established a permanent station in the city, and Christian missionaries soon followed. In 1884 Onitsha became part of a British protectorate. The Kingdom of Benin was a widespread empire, which flourished from the 14th to the 19th century. ... (15th century - 16th century - 17th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 16th century was that century which lasted from 1501 to 1600. ... The Igbo or Ibo are one of the largest ethnicities in Africa. ... 1857 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Palm oil is a form of edible vegetable oil obtained from the fruit of the Oil palm tree. ... As a noun, Christian is an appellation and moniker deriving from the appellation Christ, which many people associate exclusively with Jesus of Nazareth. ... A missionary is a propagator of religion, often an evangelist or other representative of a religious community who works among those outside of that community. ... 1884 is a leap year starting on Tuesday (click on link to calendar). ... For the rule of Oliver Cromwell, see The Protectorate. ...


Modern day industrial products include textiles, beer, mineral water, shoes, lumber, tyres, nails and printed publications. Traditional occupations include fishing and canoe-building. Local agriculture produces palm oil, maize, nuts, vegetables, and fruit. This article is about the type of fabric. ... A mug of lager beer, showing the golden colour of the beer and the foamy head floating on top. ... Mineral water is water containing minerals or other dissolved substances that alter its taste or give it therapeutic value. ... Womens shoes on display in a shop window, July 2005 A shoe is an item of footwear. ... Lumber is the name used, generally in North America, for wood that has been cut into boards or other shapes for the purpose of woodworking or construction. ... Firestone tire A tire (US spelling) or tyre (UK spelling) is a roughly toroidal piece of (usually) rubber placed on a wheel to cushion it. ... Fishing is the activity of hunting for fish. ... Canoe at El Nido, Philippines A canoe is a relatively small boat, typically human-powered, but also commonly sailed. ... Palm oil is a form of edible vegetable oil obtained from the fruit of the Oil palm tree. ... Binomial name Zea mays L. Maize (Zea mays ssp. ... Hazelnuts from the Common Hazel Chestnuts // Botanical definition A nut in botany is a simple dry fruit with one seed (rarely two) in which the ovary wall or part of it becomes very hard (stony or woody) at maturity. ... Vegetables on a market Vegetable is a nutritional and culinary term denoting any part of a plant that is commonly consumed by humans as food, but is not regarded as a culinary fruit, nut, herb, spice, or grain. ... Fruit stall in Barcelona, Catalonia. ...


The city contains both Catholic and Anglican cathedrals. It is the residence of the traditional Igbo regional chieftain, the Obi of Onitsha. There is also a teacher training college for women and a famous leper colony.Onitsha is believed to have missed being named the state capital for a new state in the 1976 states creation.Thus,despite being one of the biggest commercial cities of west Africa,Onitsha remains congested from the over concentration of all her huge markets within the old city center and minimal expansion of the colonial roads infrastructure.The Federal and State governments have continued to deny the huge commercial city any significantly modern public hospital to cater for her huge population. The Church of Nigeria is the Anglican Church in Nigeria. ... A cathedral is a Christian church building, specifically of a denomination with an episcopal hierarchy (such as the Roman Catholic Church or the Lutheran or Anglican churches), which serves as the central church of a bishopric. ... The current Obi of Onitsha is Igwe Fred Nnaemeka Achebe. ... The term college (Latin collegium) is most often used today to denote an educational institution. ... Hansens disease, commonly known as leprosy, is an infectious disease caused by infection by Mycobacterium leprae. ...


Onitsha is also the title of a novel by Jean-Marie Gustave Le Cl├ęzio. Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio (born 1940 in Nice) is a French author. ...


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AllRefer.com - Onitsha (Nigeria Political Geography) - Encyclopedia (209 words)
Onitsha is the northern limit of year-round navigation on the Niger and is an important entrepOt linking traders from the Niger delta with the upper Niger and Benue rivers and with a wide region of E Nigeria.
A road bridge (built 1965) across the Niger at Onitsha is a vital link between E and W Nigeria.
Onitsha was probably founded in the 16th cent.
Onitsha - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (239 words)
Onitsha (pop 7 million 2005 est.) is a city, commercial centre and river port of Anambra State, South eastern Nigeria.
Immigrants from the Kingdom of Benin are believed to have founded Onitsha in the 16th century.
It is the residence of the traditional Igbo regional chieftain, the Obi of Onitsha.
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