Education in Africa, especially in countries like Nigeria, has seen much challenges in recent times. With the instability in the Nigerian government, maintaining high standards of learning is very difficult. The frequency of academic strikes among universities in Nigeria has been on the increase, however, some universities within the most populous African country are starting to prove their worth.

Looking at the best universities in Nigeria in the latest ranking released by webometrics of the top universities in Africa which is an all South African top 8 universities, one Nigerian University is positioned among the top 20. However, the list has revealed the top 10 universities in Nigeria which are mentioned below.

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Best Universities in Nigeria

10. University of Port Harcourt

Universities in Nigeria

The University of Port Harcourt was established in 1975 as University College, Port Harcourt. It is situated in Choba/Aluu town in Rivers State, Nigeria in the South-South geopolitical zone.

In 1977, University College, Port Harcourt received full university status with a total of six schools; Humanities, Social Sciences, Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Educational Studies, and Science Laboratory Technology. The university, however, now currently has one College, twelve Faculties, and seven Schools.


9. University of Abuja

Universities in Nigeria

The University of Abuja is one of the newer higher institutions in Nigeria to make this list. Established in 1988, the university actually began academic work in 1990. The university runs regular degree, diploma, and postgraduate programmes.

Its Main Campus is located along Abuja Airport Road. Its Mini Campus, where the university first started from, is in Gwagwalada.

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8. University of Benin (UNIBEN)

University of Benin (UNIBEN)

The University of Benin was founded in 1970. It started as an Institute of Technology and was accorded the status of a full-fledged University by National Universities Commission (NUC) on 1st July 1971.

The University has continued to grow from strength to strength with a number of Faculties, Departments, Institutes, and Units, offering courses at postgraduate, undergraduate, diploma and certificate levels.

Presently, the total student enrolment at the university stands at over 40,000 made up of both full-time and part-time students.

7. University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)

University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)

The University of Nigeria is a federal university located in Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria. It was founded in 1955 but formally opened on 7 October 1960.

It is the first full-fledged indigenous and autonomous university in Nigeria that was modeled upon the American educational system with a vision to place herself in the forefront of research and development, innovation, knowledge transfer and human resource development in the global academic terrain, while promoting the core values which will ensure the restoration of the dignity of man.

6. Covenant University, Ota

Covenant University, Ota - universities in Nigeria

Covenant University is a private Christian university, affiliated with Living Faith Church Worldwide, located in Ota, Ogun State in Nigeria.

It is a growing, dynamic vision-birthed, vision-driven University that was founded on a Christian mission ethos and committed to pioneering excellence at the cutting edge of learning. It is also driven by the compelling vision of raising a new generation of Leaders for the African Continent on the platform of a Holistic, Human Development and integrated learning curriculum, in order to raise Total Men who will go out to develop their world.

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5. University of Ilorin

University of Ilorin

The University of Ilorin is a federal government owned university located in Ilorin, Kwara State, western Nigeria.

It was one of the seven institutions of higher learning established by a decree of the Federal Military Government in 1975 to implement the educational directives of the country’s Third National Development Plan, which was aimed at providing more opportunities for Nigerians aspiring to acquire university education.

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4. University of Ibadan (U.I)

University of Ibadan (U.I)

University of Ibadan (U.I) is Nigeria’s premier university that is located at Ibadan, Oyo state. The institution offers both undergraduate degrees and postgraduate degrees. Admission to the University of Ibadan is however very difficult and competitive.

3. Obafemi Awolowo University (O.A.U) Ile-Ife

Obafemi Awolowo University (O.A.U) Ile-Ife

Obafemi Awolowo University is a comprehensive public institution established in 1962. It is situated on a vast expanse of land totalling 11,861 hectares in Ile-Ife, Osun State, southwest of Nigeria.

In the 1970’s and the early 1980’s, the University attained a foremost position among universities in Africa, with a vibrant academic and social atmosphere and a high international reputation. Today, the University celebrates a rich tradition of excellence having produced, from among its staff, a Nobel Laureate and four National Merit Award winners.

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2. University of Lagos (UNILAG)

University of Lagos (UNILAG)

Founded in 1962, the University of Lagos has, for over 4 decades, provided quality and objective education to both Nigerian and its neighbours.

The University has built a legacy of excellence and has been instrumental in the production of top range graduates and academia who have had tremendous impact, directly or indirectly, on growth and development in Nigeria. The honors and awards won testify to the positive impact of the University of Lagos on education and academic matters in Nigeria.

1. Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)

Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)

Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) is a federal government research university in Zaria, Kaduna State, Northern Nigeria.

It began in 1961 as the University of Northern Nigeria following the recommendation of the Ashby Commission on “Post-School Certificate and Higher Education in Nigeria”. Ahmadu Bello University began full operation in 1962, on the cites of these educational institutions: the defunct Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, founded in 1955; the Clerical Training Centre, Kongo, founded in 1957; the Samaru Agricultural Research Station, established in  1924, and the Shika Livestock Farm, started in 1928.

Today, the university has a very popular and reputable medical program with its own A.B.U. Teaching Hospital, one of the largest teaching hospitals in Nigeria and Africa.