Onitsha, Nigeria is Indianapolis’ newest sister city and Indy’s first sister city from the African continent, established in 2017 under Mayor Joe Hogsett. The partnership will hopefully not only promote cultural exchange but also expand economic development between the two cities.
The city lies on the east bank of the Niger River and is one of the largest cities in Africa.
Indianapolis vs. Onitsha
About 838,000 people
368 square miles
20 square miles
Number of Sister Cities
Onitsha is the biggest river port city in Nigeria. It is often known as the “Crossroads of Nigeria”, similarly how Indiana is the “Crossroads of America”.
Onitsha is also the center for trade and manufacturing and is the largest center for wholesale distribution of pharmaceuticals in Nigeria. Leaders there are interested in attracting businesses and exposing their cultural traditions to Indiana residents.
By Mikaylin Fulk, Marketing and Communications Intern