Edo State was created on August 27, 1991 when the former Bendel State
was split into Edo and Delta states. The capital is Benin city
and the population ( based on 2005 estimates) is 3,218,332,
males being slightly more than females.
Edo state has three main ethnic groups ( Afemai, Binis and Esan)
and 18 local government areas. It shares
boundaries with Delta State on the south, Ondo State on the west, Kogi
State on the north-east and Anambra State on the
east. Edo state has a typical tropical climate
characterized by two distinct season; the dry
and wet seasons.
The states is profoundly blessed with abundant
mineral resources, a few of which include;
crude oil, limestone, marbles, quartzite, gold, chalk and clay.
The predominant occupation of the people of Edo
state is agriculture.
Some of the crops produced are rubber, palm oil,
maize, rice and plantain, cocoa, yam, cassava,
Sugar cane, cashew, groundnuts and Soya beans.
The people of Edo state have remarkably rich
cultural heritage that is evidenced by the
unique customs, burial rites, and other