The word “Anioma” is a compound word, which was originally coined by late chief Dennis Osadebey of Asaba, a former premier of the old western region of Nigeria. During the early stages of the clamor for states creation in Nigeria, convinced that the Anioma people were being shortchanged by the federal and regional governments in Nigeria, chief Dennis Osadebey began the quest for the creation of an Anioma state, to facilitate commensurate infrastructural development in the Anioma area whose people have contributed immensely toward the building and development of the Nigerian nation.
Late chief Dennis Osadebey cleverly looked at the nine local government areas that make up what is administratively know in Nigeria today as the Delta North Senatorial District, and went about looking for a name to call the highly desired state for the homogeneous people of Anioma whose population is conservatively around 1.5 to 1.6 million people as of today.
* From Aniocha North and Aniocha South local government areas, he picked the first letter “A”
* From Ndokwa East and Ndokwa West local government areas, he picked the first letter “N”
* From Ika North and Ika South local government areas, he picked the first letter “I”
* From Oshimili North and Oshimili South local government areas, he picked the first letter “O”
* Thus far, he had a meaningful word in our dialect “Ani,” which means “Land,” and he was left with the letter “O”
* Further, he picked the common denominator letter “A” that is found in Ukwani, Aniocha North, Aniocha South, Ndokwa East, Ndokwa West, Ika North, and Ika South local government areas.
* Finally, from Oshimili North and Oshimili South local government areas, he picked the common denominator letter “M” to form another meaningful word in our dialect “Oma,” which translates to mean “Good” or “Beautiful,” depending on the context in which you are speaking.
Thus, the name “Anioma,” meaning “Good Land” or “Beautiful Land” was born, and has since become the name by which our entire people are known to the world.