Bonny, Nigeria

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Bonny is located in Nigeria
Coordinates: 4°26′N 7°10′E / 4.433°N 7.167°E / 4.433; 7.167
Country Nigeria
StateRivers State
 • Local Government ChairmanAnengi Barasua (PDP)
 • Deputy Local Government ChairmanVacant
 • Local Government CouncilWard 1: Ibienimi Geoffrey Allison (PDP)
Ward 2: Kelvin Pepple (PDP)
Ward 3: Fiberesima Pepple (PDP)
Ward 4: Dipinye Nelson Jumbo (PDP)
Ward 5: Ene Tomintoul (PDP)
Ward 6: Erefagha Allaputa (PDP)
Ward 7: Ibaningo Larry (PDP)
Ward 8: Daniel Green (PDP)
Ward 9: Godswill Pepple (PDP)
Ward 10: Kingsley Tamy Jumbo (PDP)
Ward 11: Patience Anetor Johnson Green (PDP)
Ward 12: Marvellous Briston (PDP)
 • Total249.27 sq mi (645.60 km2)
 • Total214,983[1]
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)

Bonny (originally Ibani)[2] is a traditional, coastal town and a Local Government Area in Rivers State in southern Nigeria, on the Bight of Bonny. It is also the capital of the Kingdom of Bonny. Traditionally (especially between the 15th and 19th centuries) it was a major trading post of the eastern Delta, especially active in the sale of enslaved people.[3] Bonny Island is a major export point for oil today.[4]

The region produces a type of crude oil known as Bonny Light oil. Much of the oil extracted onshore in Rivers State is piped to Bonny for export. It has the biggest LNG Gas Plant in Nigeria with six (6) trains. Currently, the Federal Government of Nigeria has set plans for the construction of the 7th train of the NLNG to boost its gas production in anticipation of dominating the African market.

Bonny has a bridge being constructed from Bodo in Gokana LGA to enable land transportation. A deep seaport is underway as a Corporate social responsibility project from CCECC.

Kingdom of Bonny[edit]

The Kingdom of Bonny was a sovereign state in the Niger Delta. It is currently one of Nigeria's traditional states.

The kingdom, comprising virgin lands and territorial areas, was founded before or about AD 1000 by Ndoli and his brothers. From these leaders and the entire founding generation of the kingdom evolved the lineage/ward/house system of governance that is currently used to administer the state. The Amanyanabo, or monarch (lit. "owner of the land"), presides over a chieftaincy system composed of the Ase-Alapu (or "high chiefs of royal blood") and the Amadapu (or "district heads").

The Kingdom of Bonny was powerful beginning in the 15th century with the advent of the Portuguese and the following Atlantic slave trade. In the 19th century, it came under increasing pressure from the British to end the trade. It collapsed in the subsequent Bonny civil war of 1869.[5] A remnant of it continues to exist, however, as a part of the contemporary aristocratic structure of Nigeria.

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  1. ^ "population at LGAs in". Archived from the original on 2013-10-19. Retrieved 2013-04-07.
  2. ^ Dalby, Routledge (1971). African Language Review. Routledge. p. 251. ISBN 0-7146-2690-2.
  3. ^ "Bonny". Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2009-01-28.
  4. ^ Frynas, Jedrzej Georg (2000). Oil in Nigeria: Community Rights and Corporate Dominance in Conflict. LIT Verlag Berlin-Hamburg-Münster. p. 79. ISBN 3-8258-3921-4.
  5. ^ Alagoa, E. J. (1971). Nineteenth Century Revolutions in the Eastern Delta states and Calabar. Journal of Historical Society of Nigeria 5(4). pp. 565–570.

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Coordinates: 4°26′N 7°10′E / 4.433°N 7.167°E / 4.433; 7.167