Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Port Harcourt is the port town and capital of Rivers state, southern Nigeria. It lies along the Bonny River upstream from the Gulf-of-Guinea. Founded in 1912, it began to serve as a port (named for Lewis Harcourt, then colonial secretary) after the opening of the rail link to the Enugu coalfields in 1916.

It is also known as the Garden city because of its numerous avenues and ornaments. Port Harcourt is the 3rd most developed metropolis in Nigeria after Lagos and Abuja and attracts thousands of tourists a year, making it one of the prominent cities in the country in terms of visitor popularity.

People

The area traditionally was inhabited by the Ijo and Ikwere (Ikwerre, Ikwerri) people. The city is populated by friendly, helpful and open-minded citizens who relish the idea of a more metropolitan and multicultural future for the city.

Land and Climate

Port Harcourt features a tropical wet climate with lengthy and heavy rainy seasons and very short dry seasons. Only the months of December and January truly qualifies as dry season months in the city. The harmattan (dust-laden wind) which climatically influences many cities in West Africa, is less pronounced in Port Harcourt. Temperatures throughout the year in the city are relatively constant. Average temperatures are typically between 25 °C (77 °F) - 28 °C (82.4 °F) in the city.

Economy

Port Harcourt is one of the nation’s largest ports with modern deep-water facilities handle the export of palm oil, palm kernels, and timber from the surrounding area, coal from Anambra state, tin and columbite from the Jos-Plateau, peanuts from the northern states, and, since 1958, petroleum from fields in the eastern Niger River delta. Port Harcourt has bulk storage facilities for both palm oil and petroleum. Port Harcourt is the site of traditional boatbuilding and fishing industries and has fish-freezing facilities.

 

Sources:

https://www.britannica.com/place/Port-Harcourt https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Harcourt#Climate http://www.informationng.com/2016/03/5-things-about-port-hartcourt-you-should-know.html