Rivers in Nigeria

The Rivers in Nigeria

Rivers in Nigeria

Nigeria is blessed with a lot of natural resources and rivers are one of them.

We all remember the popular “some rivers in Africa…” poem back in basic school. Here today, you have “some rivers in Nigeria…”

Let’s go:

Niger River

The entire river length is 4,180 km. The river occupies the third place in Africa in terms of length after Nile and Congo.

It runs in a crescent through Mali, Niger, on the border with Benin and then through Nigeria, discharging through a massive delta, known as the Niger Delta or the Oil Rivers, into the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Kaduna River

Kaduna got its name from crocodiles found in the region. In Hausa language, its name means crocodile place.

It starts in Plateau State on the Jos Plateau 29 kilometres southwest of Jos town, flows through Kaduna State the state’s capital city, Kaduna, and meets the Niger River in Niger State.

Total length is about 550 km.

Sokoto River

The river flows through the Nortwestern Nigeria. The river’s source is near Funtua in the south of Katsina State, some 275 kilometres in a straight line from Sokoto.

It flows north-west passing Gusau in Zamfara State, where the Gusau Dam forms a reservoir that supplies the city with water.

On the banks of the river, Nigeria residents grow cotton, tobacco, peanuts, sugar cane, rice and other crops.

Imo River

The Imo River is in southeastern Nigeria and flows 240 kilometres into the Atlantic Ocean. Its estuary is around 40 kilometres wide and has an annual discharge of 4 cubic kilometres.

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Osun River

Osun River flows southwards through central Yorubaland in southwestern Nigeria into the Lagos Lagoon and the Atlantic Gulf of Guinea.

It is believed in Yorubaland that the river came into being when Osun, the river goddess, turned into a river herself.

Bonny River

Bonny River is a river in Rivers State, Nigeria. Water taxis which move along the river provide the connection between Bonny Island and Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, which lies alongside the river.

Gongola River

The Gongola River is in northeastern Nigeria, the principal tributary of the Benue River. The upper course of the river as well as most of its tributaries are seasonal streams, but fill rapidly in August and September. The Gongola rises on the eastern slopes of the Jos Plateau and falls to the Gongola Basin, running northeasterly until Nafada.

Taraba River

The Taraba River is a river in Taraba State, Nigeria, a tributary of the Benue River. It joins the Benue on a floodplain 10 km wide and 50 km across.

The major economic activities Taraba River are fishing, farming of rice, yam and groundnut.

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Cross River

This is the main river in southeastern Nigeria and gives its name to Cross River State. It originates in Cameroon, where it takes the name of the Manyu River.

The major tributary of Cross river is the river Aloma coming from Benue State to merge with the Cross river in Cross River State.

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