Cross River is a coastal state in southeastern Nigeria, bordering Cameroon to the east. Its capital is at Calabar, and it is named after the Cross River, which passes through the state.
Ejagham and Efik are major languages of this state, but the Igbo tribe and language are also present in its western land borders.
Cross River State was created on May 27, 1967 from the former Eastern Region, Nigeria by the General Yakubu Gowon regime. Its name was changed to Cross River State in the 1976 state creation exercise by the then General Murtala Mohammed regime from South Eastern State. The present day Akwa Ibom State was excised from it in the state creation exercise of September 1987 by the then regime of General Ibrahim Babangida. Its capital is Calabar.
Its major towns are Akamkpa, Biase, Calabar South, Ikom, Obubra, Odukpani, Ogoja, Ugep, Obudu, Obanliku and Akpabuyo.
The state is composed of three major ethnic groups – Efik, Ejagham and Bekwarra.
Tertiary educational institutions are the Cross River State University of Technology in Calabar, the Ibrahim Babangida College of Agriculture in Obubra and the The Polytechnic, Calabar.
From the soaring plateaus of the mountain tops of Obudu to the Rain forests of Afi, from the Waterfalls of Agbokim and Kwa to the spiralling ox-bow Calabar River, which provides sights and images of the Tinapa Business Resort, Calabar Marina, Calabar Residency Museum and the Calabar Slave Park along its course, there is always a thrilling adventure awaiting the eco-tourist visiting Cross River State.
Other tourist attractions are the Ikom Monoliths (a series of volcanic-stone monoliths constructed some time between 2500 BC and 1 AD), the Mary Slessor Tomb, Calabar Drill Monkey Sanctuary, Cross River National Park, Afi Mountain walkway canopy, Kwa falls, Agbokim waterfalls, Tinapa Business Resort and the annual Calabar Carnival that takes place during the Christmas period.
Cross Rivers State Official Website | The People’s Paradise
Source: Wikipedia & State Website