OKRIKA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

Situated on an Island south of Port Harcourt, Okrika is the headquarters of Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Formerly a small village of the Ijo (Ijaw) people of the eastern Niger Delta, Okrika town, which is constituted by four quarters; Okrika, Ogoloma, Ibaka and Ogbogbo, became the capital of Okrika kingdom in the early 17th century.

Over the years, Okrika has developed considerably in size and  population into a modern town and  accessible both by road and  by river transportation. Although traditional worship still exists, Christianity has since emerged as the most dominant religion in Okrika. While fishing, farming and  trading are the dominant occupations, Okrika is host to some important national oil and gas infrastructure, including a network of pipelines, a loading jetty and  gas plant facility.

Okrika Grammar School is one of the oldest and  prominent Secondary Schools. There is also the General Hospital and  other public amenities.
Generally, Okrikans are very hospitable and  strong willed people.

Okrika has a rich cultural diversity. The popular Odum Festival which displays a Boa Constrictor Masquerade on water, is celebrated once in a decade.