Afam town made up of Afam-Ukwu and Afam-Nta, is the headquarters of Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State and the chief town of Ndoki ethnic nationality in the Niger Delta. Historically made popular during the oil palm trade of the late 18th Century and sparsely established on the south bank of the lower Imo River in the south-easthern axis of Rivers State, Afam became famous as it hosted one of Nigeria’s pioneer electricity generation facility, otherwise known as the Afam Power Station. it was completed in 1962 by the defunct Electricity Corporation of Nigeria (ECN) the forerunner of the former National Electricity Power Authority (NEPA) and now the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).
Strategically located on the midpoint of Port Harcourt-Aba stretch of the Eastern Railway line of Nigeria. Afam has also become notable for one of the Rivers State Independent Power Projects and various phases of Nigeria’s National Independent Power Projects (NIPP) having the additional facilities of Afam II, Afam III, Afam IV and Afam V power plants. It is a critical nodal location for the numerous oil and gas fields, the trans Niger pipelines and other facilities operated by Nigeria’s oil and gas giant Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria.
Afam is also a food processing and distribution center. it is surrounded by agricultural villages watered by the fertile soils of the rich alluvial plains of the Imo River as it follows south into the Atlantic Ocean. Afam with it’s neighbor Akwete -famous for traditional cloth weaving industry of the larger Ndoki people north and south of the Imo River, it is therefore a major commercial suburb of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital and today has become an increasingly growing suburban population center with great potentialities for industrial, commercial and agro-allied utilization.
It is expected that with its proximity to Port Harcourt, the anticipated modernization of the standard gauge of Eastern railways, Afam will continually attract enormous attention in the socio-economic opportunities that abound in Rivers State.