Coordinates: 5°18′21″N 6°56′44″E / 5.30583°N 6.94556°E / 5.30583; 6.94556

Umuagwo is a town in the Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area (LGA) of Imo State in Nigeria. The population is mostly Christian and Igbo-speaking. The town lies on the Otamiri River downstream from Ihiagwa and 26 km (16 mi) from Owerri on the Port Harcourt road.[1][2] Eze Tony Oguzie, Chairman of the Council of Traditional Rulers in the Orlu (Imo West) senatorial zone, is monarch of Umuagwo.[3]


Umuagwo is served by the Ohaji Medical Center.[citation needed] The town has a busy market which does not have any toilet or sanitary conveniences and is therefore insanitary, with high risk of contamination of the foodstuffs that are sold.[4] In a 2006 study of the prevalence of Urinary schistosomiasis, a chronic parasitic disease caused by the trematode worm Schistosoma haematobium, Umuagwo was the only town in the LGA that had no cases of infection.[5]


The Michael Okpara College of Agriculture was established near the town in 1978, and was upgraded to become the Iwo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo in 2007.[2] It is accredited at the State level.[6]Chinwe Obaji was a lecturer at this institution before being appointed head of the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Education.


  1. ^ "THE GREAT OTAMIRI RIVER". Ihiagwa town. Archived from the original on 2009-02-08. Retrieved 2009-10-13.
  2. ^ a b "Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo: welcome". Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo. Retrieved 2009-10-13.
  3. ^ Charles Ogugbuaja (March 1, 2009). "States Creation Committee May Resume States Tour In March". GUARDIAN. Retrieved 2009-10-13.
  4. ^ "Umuagwo". Water Web Alliance. 2008-08-19. Retrieved 2009-10-13.
  5. ^ Chidi G. Okoli; J. C. Anosike; M. O. E. Iwuala. "Prevalence and Distribution of Urinary Schistosomiasis in Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria". Journal of American Science, 2(4), 2006. Retrieved 2009-10-13. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ "ACCREDITATION STATUS OF PROGRAMMES OFFERED IN POLYTECHNICS AND SIMILAR TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS" (PDF). National Board for Technical Education. January 2007. Retrieved 2009-10-13.