Adamawa State – "The Land Of Beauty"
Adamawa State is essentially a picturesque mountainous land transversed by river valleys of Benue, Gongola and Yedsarem. The valleys of Cameroun, Mandara and Adamawa mountains form part this undulating landscape. Crops such as maize, rice, millet, sugar cane, cotton, groundnut, gum arabic, guinea corn, tea and kola nuts are all successfully grown in the state.
There are abundant deposits of mineral ore in the state such as iron, lead, zinc, limestone etc. The state is part of the old Gongola State with the headqauter in Yola.
Adamawa State is well noted for a rich cultural heritage which is reflected in its past history, craftmanship, music, dance, dress patterns and hospitality. Festivals such as Njuwa fishing festival which holds at Lake Njuwa in nYola town and the Yinagu fishing festival at the Michika attracts people within and outside state from the month of March through May each year.
Adamawa occupies about 36,917 square kilometres – making it one of the largest states in Nigeria. It shares the northwest and southwest border with Borno, Gombe and Taraba states respectively. Its eastern border also forms the national eastern border with Cameroon.
Topographically, Adamawa has a mountainous land crossed by the large river valleys – Benue, Gongola and Yedsarem. The valleys of Cameroon, Mandara and Adamawa mountains form part of the landscape.
The major occupation of the people of Adamawa State is farming as reflected in their two notable vegetational zones, tile Sub-Sudan and Northern Guinea Savannah Zone. Their cash crops are cotton and groundnuts while food crops include maize, yam, cassava, guinea corn, millet and rice. The village communities living on the banks of the rivers engage in fishing while the Fulanis are cattle rearers. The state has network of roads linking all parts of the country.
Sukur Cultural Landscape
Located in the Mandara mountains of Adamawa State, Sukur Cultural Landscape is listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites lists in 1999 because of its exceptional landscape illustrating a form of land-use that marks a critical stage in human settlement and its relationship with its environment. The cultural landscape of Sukur is also eloquent testimony to a strong and continuing spiritual and cultural tradition that has endured for many centuries.
Mandara Mountains. The Mandara Mountains lie in the northeastern part of the state along the Cameroon border, and the Shebshi Mountains rise to Mount Dimlang (6,699 feet [2,042 m]) in the state’s south-eastern portion. Mandara is an ideal place for rock and mountain climbing.
Koma hills is located on the mountainous fringes bordering the Republic of Cameroon and Nigeria in Jada, a local government area in Adamawa state, North East of Nigeria. Koma people, the inhabitants of the hills is a pre-modern race representing a past way of life probably of stone age, compact with primitive themes and mode of dressing bordering on nudity which they uphold as a cultural heritage
Lamurde Hot Spring
Lamurde hot spring is part of the world popular Sukur Cultural Landscape, which consists of a palace, villages, and the remains of an iron industry. The place was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999 and has since become one of the top tourist destinations in Nigeria.
Others are: Moddibbo Adams Tomb Monument, Kiri Dam, Three Sister Rocks/Hills