Lafia

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For the town in Mali see Lafia, Mali
Lafia
KAMBARI
LAFIA BAREBARI
LGA and town
Lafia is located in Nigeria
Lafia
Lafia
Coordinates: 8°29′30″N 8°31′0″E / 8.49167°N 8.51667°E / 8.49167; 8.51667
Country  Nigeria
State Nasarawa State
Population (2006)
 • Total 330,712
  [1]
Time zone WAT (UTC1)

Lafia is a town in central Nigeria. It is the capital city of Nasarawa State and has a population of 330,712 inhabitants according to the 2006 census results.[1] It is the largest town in Nasarawa state.

History[edit]

Before Lafia became the capital of a local chiefdom in the early nineteenth century, a small settlement consisting of a minority tribe called Anane had existed on the site.[2][3]

Institutions[edit]

Lafia is home to Nasarawa state polytechnic lafia,college of agriculture lafia, and recently Federal University, Lafia and a large number of primary and secondary schools.

Sports[edit]

Lafia is the location of Nasarawa United, a football club whose stadium is Lafia Township Stadium.

Transportation[edit]

Lafia is served by the main narrow gauge railway from Port Harcourt.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  2. ^ Emirates of northern Nigeria-Hogben and Kirk green
  3. ^ Lafia Encyclopædia Britannica online, accessed 17 December 2009

Coordinates: 8°29′30″N 8°31′00″E / 8.49167°N 8.51667°E / 8.49167; 8.51667