Kogi State is a state in North Central Nigeria. The state is nicknamed the "Confluence State" due the fact that the confluence of the River Niger and the River Benue occurs next to its capital, Lokoja.
The state is bisected by the Niger River, which flows southward; the Benue River, a significant tributary of the Niger, forms part of the state's northeastern boundary. East of the Niger, the Igala people are the dominant ethnic group, whereas west of the river, the Igbira and Yoruba inhabit. Agriculture is the economy's backbone. Yams, cassava (manioc), rice, sorghum, beans, corn (maize), and cotton are among the most important crops.
Geographically, the state is within the tropical Guinean forest–savanna mosaic ecoregion. Important geographic features include the key rivers with the Niger flowing from the northwest and the Benue coming from the northeast before the two rivers meet in Kogi's centre and bisect the state southward.
You can travel to Kogi State by bus from major cities like Abuja, Lagos, Benin, Kano and Port Harcourt. Transportation company(s) such as ABC Transport (with air-conditioned luxurious bus rides), God is Good Motors (GIGM), Big Joe Motors, Chisco Transport (CTN) and Young Shall Grow, etc, all provide transport services from other parts of the country to Kogi State.
- 1 Itakpe Train Station Nigeria Railway Corporation has completed an inter-city line between Kogi, Abuja and Kaduna, where you can connect with the rest of the Nigerian rail system. Trains arrive and depart from Itakpe The train service offers three types of such as Economy, First Class and Sleeper. The schedules and current fairs can be found on the Nigeria Railway Corporation website.
Tourist attractions in Kogi State include the colonial relics (such as Lord Lugard House), Mount Patti, World War Cenotaph, the confluence of Rivers Niger and Benue, Ogidi (an African town with formations of ogneous rock mountains and a traditional art & craft industry), and natural land features hills and terrains that serve as hiking trails.
Being a 2-hour drive from Abuja some tourists come for day trips.