Anioma is a nation of people with a common destiny defined by linguistics, culture and customs. Some of its people have historical link with the Igbo of the South East and the region is now referred to as Delta North in Delta State including the Igbanke and Ekpon in Edo State. These region have today evolved into distinct socio-cultural pattern that makes them only one of its kind thus defining them with a new uncommon identity. The Anioma region is a homeland with well-known natural, traditional, and historical boundaries that enable various communities to promote relations in form of trade and inter-marriage.

Historians, anthropologists, missionaries and geographers whether Africans or Europeans have over the time recorded the events that exclusively distinguished them as a group of people with homogenous patterns of life. Thus for centuries, the people have always seen themselves as one which is why it was easy seek identity in Anioma umbrella in 1951 when the leaders of the people, rising from the effects of balkanization of the British gathered themselves and sought autonomy to live as one indivisible people. This foundation is voice of unity of Anioma people for development, youth empowerment and spiritual unification and prayers.

The Anioma region otherwise referred to Delta North according to Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has contributed to the economic growth of the Nigerian government through her natural resources including crude oil etc, although the region has been neglected by the government as per serious development. Agriculturally, the Anioma region is considered richer than many states in existence today. It is region that feeds itself because it is blessed with enormous agricultural crops. It is still one of those regions here the people have not abandoned farming and fishing as a means of livelihood Many communities in the region such as Nsukwa, Ukwu-Oba, Agbor, Umunede, Obiaruku, Ejeme-Unor, Idumuje-Ugboko remain areas with cassava, yam, palm-oil, rubber, tomatoes etc can be found in abundance. Solid minerals in form of lignite, kaolin, silicon, gypsum etc are also deposited in Anioma.

Anioma scores high in the human resource area as it boasts of great sportsmen, banking chiefs, scientists, technocrats, military men and women, politicians, educationists, artists. It is unnecessary to resort to mentioning the names of individuals because the list will be endless but one thing that is sure is that it is doubtful if any state in the Nigerian polity as presently constituted will do better than the Anioma region in terms of human resource.

In the 2006 UNDP report on the nine oil producing states of the country, Delta was ranked first in Human Development Index. Out of the ten top performing Local Government Areas in Delta state, six were within the Anioma region being Oshimili South, Oshimili North, Ika South, Aniocha South, Ndokwa West and Aniocha North.
According to Osita Mordi, a pro-Anioma state Activist, if Anioma were to be a state within the federation of Nigeria she would have been the most highly ranked because all her nine councils did very well with relatively higher rate of school enrolment, access to basic health facilities, maternal and infant mortality rates, life expectancy and so on.
Edited from Emeka Esogbue write up at Umuanioma

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