Uyo is a town and local government area in south-south Nigeria and is the capital of Akwa Ibom State,a major oil producing state . The town became the capital of Akwa Ibom State on September 23, 1987 following the creation of Akwa Ibom State from erstwhile Cross River State. The University of Uyo resides in this town. The population of Uyo, according to the 2006 Nigerian Census which comprises Uyo and Itu, is 436,606. while the urban area, including Uruan, is 554,906.
Uyo is a fast-growing town, as the town has witnessed some infrastructural growth in the past nine years. It has an intensive network of divided roads, such as the IBB Way, Atiku Abubakar Avenue, Udo Udoma Avenue, Nsikak Eduok Avenue, and Edet Akpan Avenue which is an eight-lane superhighway and currently the widest road in Uyo .
Uyo is home to many notable housing districts such as the Ewet Housing Estate, Osongama Estate and Shelter Afrik. The town of Uyo is notably neat and hospitable to foreigners and its aborigines. Highbrow residential areas in Uyo include the prestigious Ewet Housing Estate, Osongama Estate, Shelter Afrik, and a host of other choice areas in the town and its environs.