The largest and capital city of Imo state, Eastern Nigeria. Once referred to as the entertainment capital of Nigeria because of its high density of spacious hotels, high street casinos, production studios and high-quality centres of relaxation.
It is the chief trade centre for yams, cassava, corn [maize], and palm products in the eastern part of the country.
In the words of an indigene, “we just love to enjoy life and be happy in Owerri, that is why our investment is majorly in bars, hotels and casinos”
Entry into the city is via the Sam Mbakwe Airport which also serves the commercial city of Onitsha, automobile and manufacturing city of Nnewi in Anambra State, the industrial hub of Aba, Umuahia and Arochukwu in Abia State. Others are Okigwe, Oguta, and Orlu business districts in Imo State.
The airport also serves some parts of Akwa Ibom and Cross River States in the South South part of Nigeria.
One major food that is peculiar to the Owerri people is known as Ofe Owerri, which simply means Soup from Owerri (Ofe means soup).
Ingredients for the soup, include but not limited to the following: Snails, ponmo (cow skin), Goat meat, Okporoko (dried hake fish), dried fish, Oporo (smoked prawns) and grounded dried crayfish...It is sometimes referred to as the king of soup.
A visit to Owerri is not complete without having a taste of Ofe Owerri