Bayelsa State

Brief History of Bayelsa State

Bayelsa is a state in southern Nigeria in the core Niger Delta region, between Delta State and Rivers State. Its capital is Yenagoa.

The main language spoken is Ijaw with dialects such as Kolukuma, Mein, Bomu, Nembe, Epie-Atisa, and Ogbia. Like the rest of Nigeria, English is the official language. The state was formed in 1996 from part of Rivers State and is thus one of the newest states of the Nigerian federation.

Universities in Bayelsa State

Federal University, Otuoke

The Federal University, Otuoke is a federal government-owned University located in Otuoke, a town in Ogbia local government areaof Bayelsa State, Southern Nigeria. The University was established in 2011 and started with 282 pioneer students. It offers degree courses at undergraduate levels. 

The University offers undergraduate programs in the faculty of Science, Management Science, Social Science and Humanities, Education, Engineering and Technology.

Niger Delta University

Niger Delta University (NDU) is in Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State in Nigeria is a Bayelsa state government funded university. It was established in 2000 by Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha, then governor of Bayelsa state. It has two main campuses, one in the state capital, Yenagoa, which contains the law faculty, and the other in Amassoma.

The university offers a unique opportunity for students to acquire qualitative education at Bachelor, Masters and PhD levels. It is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. It is accredited and recognized by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

The Current Bayelsa State Governor

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Henry Dickson was born 28 January 1966 in Toru-Orua Town of Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. He enrolled in Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, to study Law in 1988 and earn his LL.B in 1992, he went on to earn his Bachelors in Law from the Nigerian Law School. He was a member of the House of Representatives from 2007 until 2012. In April 2011, he was elected as governor of Bayelsa state under the platform of people’s demlocratic party (PDP).

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Some historical facts about Bayelsa State

Olodi/Mangrove Museums

    These are two museums in the Nembe LGA. They are home to various artefacts  dating back hundreds of years.Other historical sites in Bayelsa are the White Graveyard at Twon-Brass in Brass LGA; the Ogidigan Deity at Bassambiri in Nembe LGA; King Ockiya’s Mausoleum at Ogbolomabiri in Nembe LGA; Late Chief Christopher Iwowari’s Monument at Bassambiri in Nembe LGA; the Bronze Heads at Opume in Ogbia LGA; and Isaac Boro Memorial Monument at Kaiama in Kolokuma/Opokuma LGA.

Seigben Fishing and Feasting Festival

 Seigben Fishing and Feasting Festival is an age-old festival held at the Seigben Ogugu Lake. The activities that take place during the festival include dance performances by the Egbelegbele dance troupe, a ‘Love Boat Party’ and singing. The festival takes place annually on May 30. The carnival atmosphere of the celebration attracts people from all walks of life.


Ogorioba Uge Festival

Seigben Ogugu Lake

Seigben Ogugu Lake is in the Southern Ijaw LGA. It is the site of the Seigben Ogugu Fishing and Feasting Festival.
Other tourist attractions in the state include the Akassa Lighthouse in Brass LGA; Okpoama Beach (also in the Brass LGA); the Koluama Holiday Resort in Southern Ijaw LGA; the Ossiama Fish Lake in Sagbama LGA; the Amasinghan Love Boat of Aleibiri; the Agricultural Palm Beach; and Agge Palm Beach (all in Ekeremor LGA).