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Cross River State

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Dancers at the Calabar Festival

Cross River is one of the six states that make up the South-South geopolitical zone of Nigeria. It shares an international boundary with the Republic of Cameroon to the east and interstate boundaries with Benue State to the north and Ebonyi and Abia states to the west, while Akwa Ibom State and the Bight of Biafra are to its south. The sea port of Calabar is the state capital and largest city.

Land Mass, Location, and Population
Cross River State covers an area of 21,363.6 square kilometres. It lies at latitude 5°45’ north and longitude 8°30’ east. It has a population of 2,892,988 (2006 census figures) and a population density of 134 people per square kilometre. The state accounts for 2.06% of Nigeria’s total population.

Main Towns and Cities
Calabar (capital city), Ikom, Akamkpa, Ugep, Obudu, and Ogoja

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