Last updated on August 30th, 2019 at 08:47 am
Bende town in Abia state is a popular town in Abia State. That lies in southeastern part of Nigeria. Also it’s one of the largest towns that make up Abia state. From the following towns list Aba, Bende, Isuikwauto, and Afikpo. It is a Local Government Area in Abia State. Also headquarters of Bende LGA. The town is 28km to Aba, 392km to Abuja and 479 to Lagos. Bende is make up of many communities. Although there are few now. These are, Itumbauzo, Uzuakoli, Umuhu-Ezechi, Nkpa, Ozui-Tem, Umu-Menyi, Igbere, Alayi, Ugwueke, and Item.
The word Bende is use to describe honor and victory of the governance of the Old Bende. The town Bende which was and it still the present headquarters of Bende people. Bende is rich in many natural resources. Which are Limestone, Laterite Gravel, Gold, Salt, and Phosphate. It is also known for it good Agricultural produce. These are Rice, Cassava, Potatoes, Cocoyam, Yam and Palm nut.
Population in Bende town
The major occupation is farming and hunting in the village of Bende. The people living along Imo River also specialise in fishing. While the urban area are into Paper Industry, Goldsmith, Blacksmith, and Construction company. There are Health practitioners, Lawmakers, Engineers, and Civil servants etc. The town is hotcake for any kind of trade. With a population that is 220,460 people as of 2013. While 2006 was 192,621 and 1991 was 132,271. Bende has dwell on Agricultural produce for years. However, it has remain on top until when the sudden demand of crude oil. Which then increase the Oil market and lead to a fall in farm produce. Although the people are now serious with their farm work.
Food in Bende town
The food in Bende is a general food in the state of Abia and Igbo. Some of the food are Banga soup, Poundo Cocoyam, Orha soup, Olubu soup, and Egusi soup. Others are Yam pottage, Rice, Akara (Bean Cake), Moimoi, Agidi, Ofe Ugba, Ofe Nsala, Nkwobi, and Jakwu Abacha etc.
Religion in Bende town
Bende is mainly a Christian town. Although, there are few traditional worshippers in the village of Bende. Muslim does not have a place except for the migrants. Who comes to the town for a purpose. The major church here are Catholic Church, Anglican, and Assemblies of God. Others are Redeem Christian Church, Winners Chapel, and Christ Embassy. Although these are the only churches within our reach. Others could be in some part of the town.
Language in Bende town
The people of this town speaks Igbo language, English, and other Nigerian languages. Which are as a result of the migrants from other cities. The languages spoken are Yoruba, Efik, Ibibio, and Hausa.
Festival in Bende town
Ugwuabia Festival which is usually celebrated by all the Local Government Area in the state. It’s referred to as the “pride of Abia”. There’s Bende dance war, etc. The state also has various site attraction. Which some are in Bende LGA like the Ulochukwu Abiama Cave of Amankalu Alayi.
The indigene of Bende could be referred to as Brave people. History can explain better in their traits. On how they have conquered tribulations and have face challenges. Bende has prestigious and excellent men in Nigeria. Some are Ukeje Philip, the Eze of Alayi. Okechukwu Edward Ukeje also called Mr. Raw, Mr. James Iroha (Giringory Akabuogu), Chinedu Ikedieze (Aki), and Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu former Governor of Abia state.
There are five airport close to this town. Although the closest is Sam Mbakwe International Airport with a distance of about 49.8km.