About Adamawa

AdamawaStateMapAdamawa is a state in northeastern Nigeria, with its capital at Yola. It was formed in 1991 from part of Gongola State with four administrative divisions namely: Adamawa, Ganye, Mubi and Numan.

Its also the home of the American University of Nigeria in Yola. It is one of the thirty-six (36) States which constitute the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The state derives its name from Modibbo Adams a Fulani leader who led the 19th Adamawa Statecentury jihad in Upper Benue Region. At creation, the state had four administrative divisions namely Adamawa, Ganye, Mubi and Numan. Its capital is in Yola.


The population of Adamawa State according to a recent estimate from the National Population Commission is 3,178,950- Male: 1,607,270; Female: 1,571,680.


The major occupation of the people is farming. Main cash crops are cotton and groundnuts while food crops include maize, yam, cassava, millet, rice and guinea corn. The tourism industry is the most prominent industry in the state.


It is bordered by the states of Borno to the northwest, Gombe to the west and Taraba to the southwest. Its eastern border also forms the national eastern border with Cameroon.

Topographically, it is a mountainous land crossed by the large river valleys – Benue, Gongola and Yedsarem. The valleys of Cameroon, Mandara and Adamawa mountains form part of the landscape.


There are twenty-one local government areas (LGAs):

  •  Fufore
  • Ganye
  • Gombi
  • Guyuk
  • Hong
  • Jada
  • Shelleng
  • Demsa
  • Madagali
  • Maiha
  • Mayo-Belwa
  • Michika
  • Mubi North
  • Numan
  • Song
  • Mubi South
  • Yola North (State capital)
  • Yola South
  • Girei
  • Toungo
  • Lamurde

 Governors of Adamawa State

  • Abubakar Salihu
  • Abubakar Saleh Michika
  • Gregory Agboneni
  • Mustapha Ismail
  • Joe Kalu-Igboama
  • Ahmadu Hussaini
  • Boni Haruna
  • Murtala Nyako
  • James Shaibu Barka
  • Murtala Nyako

Sites of Interest

  • Mubi
  • Nuhu Auwalu Wakili’s Palace
  • Sukur World Heritage
  • Lamido’s Palace
  • American University of Nigeria