How Port Harcourt got its name

Port Harcourt named after Lewis Vernon Harcourt.
Mr Harcourt was the British Secretary of State for the Colonies.

In August 1913, the Governor-General of Nigeria, Sir Frederick Lugard wrote to Harcourt, then Secretary of State for the Colonies stating that in the absence of any convenient local name he would like to name it Port Harcourt.”

To this the Secretary of State replied that it gave him pleasure to accede to the suggestion that his name should be associated with the new port.

Port Harcourt is the capital city of Rivers State, Nigeria.

It lies along the Bonny River and is located in the Niger Delta.

Port Harcourt was founded in 1912 by the British in an area traditionally inhabited by the Ikwerre ethnic group.

The initial purpose of the port was to export the coal which geologist Albert Ernest Kitson had discovered in Enugu, Nigeria.