KOGI STATE

Kogi is a state in the north central zone of Nigeria. It is popularly called the confluence state due to the fact that the confluence of Rivers Niger and Benue occurs there. Its capital is Lokoja. There are three main Ethnic groups in the Kogi namely Igala, Ebira and Okun and the people are mostly Hausas and Yorubas with the Igalas being the largest ethnic group in the State. The majority of the people of the state are farmers.
There are many mineral resources in Kogi, including Iron, Petroleum and Tinand richly blessed with Coal which is found in Okaba, Ogboyaga and Koton-Karte. Limestone and Marble are found in Ajaokuta (The nation'e premier iron and steel complex), Jakura, Osolo, Osara, while Casseterite, Columbite and Tantalite are found in Egbe. Gold is also found in Isanlu in East Yangba area while Iron ore can be found at Itakpe Okene.
Attractions
THE WORLD WAR CENOTAPH

This is a war memorial erected in memory of the soldiers who died during the two world wars. Tourists can view the list of names of some soldiers who distinguished themselves in the wars.
THE IRON OF LIBERTY

In Lokoja, because of its location near the banks of River Niger, was an important centre for slave trade during the era of slavery in Nigeria. Also because of its strategic location, Lokoja aroused a great deal of interest in the European explorers and missionaries in the early 19th century, and it soon became a commercial post of European merchants and missionaries. Hence, when the British government started to wage war against slave trade, Lokoja became a collection centre for slaves seized from slave merchants to be consequently set free.
THE INIKPE STATUE

which stands as the greatest reminder of the bravery of INIKPE, the daughter of the first Attah of Igala Kingdom who gave her life for the freedom of her people the IGALAS. She was buried alive, this princess was greatly loved by her father. At the time there were great problems in the land and the Oracle said the only way was for the Attah(her father) to bury is only loving and beautiful daughter alive. The Attah before this was a woman, her skin is like a leopard, her mother went to the farm and was raped by a leopard. Hence the symbol of the Igala's is that of a leopard.
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THE CONFLUENCE OF RIVERS NIGER & BENUE

River Niger remained a marvel to the Europeans until John and Richard Landers passed through the confluence on October 25th 1830, completing the journey that Mungo Park had started. Rivers Niger and Benue are the two largest rivers in West Africa.
The two rivers meet at Lokoja  forming a Y-shaped structure and draining southwards into the ocean.. While River Niger is brownish in colour, River Benue is light green in colour. Fishing is carried on extensively on the rivers. There are ferry and boat services plus cruishing facilities within view of the confluence. Reserves elsewhere in the World.
LORD LUGGARD'S FIRST RESIDENCE & OFFICE IN NIGERIA

EUROPEAN COLONIAL CEMENTARIES

The biggest european cementary in Nigeria with remains of european soldiers of the West African Frontier Force (WAFF) in Lokoja until 1926 and those of European missionaries. Some of the tomb stones in the cementaries date as far back as 1867.
Other places of interest

ROYAL NIGER COMPANY FLAG
FIRST PRISON IN NORTHERN NIGERIA
ITA-OKUETA WEAVING

ATA IGALA'S PALACE
KPATA ROCK
EXPANSIVE MOUNT PATTI

AGBAJA PLATEAU
KOTON KARFE CAVE
EGANAJA WARM SPRING

CULTURAL FESTIVALS:

ITALO FESTIVAL
EGBE FESTIVAL
UGANI FESTIVAL
EKUECHI FESTIVAL
OVIA OSESE FESTIVAL
ORO FESTIVAL
OGAGANYI FESTIVAL
OCHO FESTIVAL

The spot where such slave were freed was marked with a piece of Iron Pole  now referred to as the 'IRON OF LIBERTY'. This crusade was championed by the late Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther.
The sole aim is to make it a pleasurable delight to visitors, both foreign and local, thus boosting the tourism industry, the economy and the level of social interaction in the state.
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Catering Rest House
Tel: 058-220106

Honey Gold
Beside Lokongoma Phase,
Lokoja.

Hotel Gandy
Plot 5, Inikpi St.
Lokoja.
Tel: 058-220467

Hotel Pacific Limited
Beside Lokongoma Phase 1,
Lokoja.
Tel: 058-220367, 220670, 220496

Kewon Hotel Limited
2, Ajara Road, P.O. Box 66,
Lokoja.
Tel: 058-220924, 220633

Kogi Hotels
Janet Ekundayo St., G.R.A,
Lokoja
Tel: 058-2200655

Liberty International Hotel Limited
336, Newlayout, Lokoja.
Tel: 058-220074

Lokoja Plaza Hotel
G.R.A., Lokoja.
Tel: 058-22034, 220136

Nataco Hotel
G.R.A, Lokoja.
Tel: 058-220475

Mabe Garden Hotel
30, Ankpa Road,
Sabon-Gari Quarters, Idah.
Tel: 058-800632
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