Portal:Port Harcourt

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Port Harcourt (Igbo: Diobu, Iguocha or Ugwuocha; Pidgin: "Po-ta-kot") is the capital of Rivers State, Nigeria. It lies along the Bonny River and is located in the Niger Delta. According to the 2006 Nigerian census Port Harcourt has a population of 1,382,592. The port was built in 1912, but not given a name until August 1913, when the Governor of Nigeria, Sir Frederick Lugard, named it "Port Harcourt" in honour of Lewis Vernon Harcourt, then the Secretary of State for the Colonies.

The area that became Port Harcourt in 1913 was originally the farmlands of the Diobu village group of the Ikwerre, an Igbo sub-group. The colonial administration of Nigeria created the port to export coal from the collieries of Enugu located 151 miles (243 km) north of Port Harcourt, which it was linked to by the Eastern Line railway, also built by the British.

Commercial quantities of crude oil was discovered in Oloibiri in 1956 and Port Harcourt's economy turned to petroleum when the first shipment of Nigerian crude oil was exported through the city in 1958. Through the benefits of the Nigerian petroleum industry Port Harcourt was further developed with aspects of modernisation such as overpasses and city blocks. Oil firms that currently have offices in the city include Royal Dutch Shell and Chevron.

Port Harcourt's primary airport is the Port Harcourt International Airport located in the periphery of the city; Nigerian Air Force (NAF) base is the location of the only other airport in the city; used by Aero Contractors for domestic flights.

The main educational establishment in the city is the University of Port Harcourt, and the current Mayor of Port Harcourt is Chimbiko Akorolo.

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Port Harcourt International Airport

Port Harcourt International Airport (IATA: PHC, ICAO: DNPO) is an international airport located in Omagwa, a suburb of Port Harcourt city in Rivers State, Nigeria. The airport consists of a single terminal with separate facilities for international and domestic flights. In 2009, the airport served 1,081,587 passengers, making it the third busiest airport in Nigeria. (Full article)

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State Secretariat building, Port Harcourt

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Gift Uwame-Eke

Gift Iyumame Eke (née Uwame; born 18 November 1978), professionally known as Muma Gee ("do good Gift"), is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, actress, businesswoman, fashion designer, and television personality. She was born, raised, and resides in Port Harcourt. Uwame's first taste of stardom came through her song "Kade", which became the title track of her first official album, released in 2006. As an actress, she starred in the Nollywood films Last Dance (2006), Solid Affection (2008), Secret Code (2011), and The Code (2011). Among her accomplishments are numerous titles and honours such as, Oonyon 1 of Upata Kingdom, Queen of African music, Pop Queen, and Mrs. Ngor-Okpala. Uwame is married to actor Prince Eke, and they have two children - a twin boy and girl, born 18 April 2014. (Full article)

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  • The Carniriv (English: Car-nee-rev) is an annual festival that starts few weeks before Christmas, and lasts for seven days. (See the website.)
  • Port Harcourt Book Festival, a literary event is organised each year by the Rainbow Book Club and continues to be endorsed by the Rivers State government.
  • Port Harcourt International Fashion Week (alternatively known as Native & Vogue) is held in September and provides emerging designers a platform to develop their creative expressions. (See the website.)



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