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Today, Nigeria boasts of many universities in different states of the federation and the FCT. Some are owned by the federal government. Others are owned by state governments, while many are run by private individuals and organizations. However, these universities did not come into existence all at once.

I shall give you the list of 10 oldest universities in Nigeria. Thereafter, I will tell you the oldest university in Nigeria.

Top 10 Oldest Universities in Nigeria

So the table below gives a list of the top 10 oldest universities in Nigeria. You will see their names, the year they came into existence and their host states.

S/N University Year established Host State
1 University of Ibadan 1948 Oyo
2 University of Nigeria, Nsukka 1960 Enugu
3 Obafemi Awolowo University,lle-lfe 1961 Osun
4 Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria 1962 Kaduna
5 University of Lagos 1962 Lagos
6 University of Maiduguri 1975 Borno
7 University of Benin 1970 Edo
8 University of Calabar 1975 Cross Rivers
9 University of Jos 1975 Plateau
10 University of llorin 1975 Kwara

The Oldest University in Nigeria

From the table above, we see that the oldest university in Nigeria is University of Ibadan. The university, popularly called UI, is a public research university in Ibadan, Nigeria.

The university was founded in 1948 as University College Ibadan, one of many colleges within the University of London. However, it became an independent university in 1962 and is the oldest degree-awarding institution in Nigeria.


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