Eleme, Rivers

Eleme is a local government area in Rivers State, Nigeria. It is part of the Port Harcourt metropolitan city. It covers an area of 138 km2 and at the 2006 Census had a population of 190,884. The Eleme people are Eleme's main indigenous ethnic group.

StateRivers State
Date created1996
 • TypeLocal Government
 • Local Government chairmanHon Barr Philip Okparaji
 • Total53 sq mi (138 km2)
 • Total190,884
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)

The Eleme language, of the Ogonoid group of the Cross-River branch of the large Niger-Congo language family,[1] is the main spoken language.[2]

Eleme has two of Nigeria's four, as of 2005, petroleum refineries and one of Nigeria's busiest sea ports and the largest sea port in West Africa located at Onne, a famous town with numerous industries.[3]


  1. ^ Anderson, Gregory D. S. (2006) "Appendix: Classification of Languages Used in Database for Study" Auxiliary verb constructions Oxford University Press, Oxford, England, page 400, ISBN 0-19-928031-2
  2. ^ Udoh, Imelda Icheji Lawrence (editor) (2003) The languages of the South-South zone of Nigeria: a geo-political profile Concept Publications, Lagos, Nigeria, pages 85, 87, ISBN 978-8065-27-9
  3. ^ Udogu, Emmanuel Ike (2005) Nigeria in the twenty-first century: strategies for political stability and peaceful coexistence Africa World Press, Trenton, New Jersey, page 72, ISBN 1-59221-319-7

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Coordinates: 4°47′31″N 7°07′12″E / 4.792°N 7.12°E / 4.792; 7.12