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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.

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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/NUniversityYear establishedHost State
1University of Ibadan1948Oyo
2University of Nigeria, Nsukka1960Enugu
3Obafemi Awolowo University,lle-lfe1961Osun
4Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria1962Kaduna
5University of Lagos1962Lagos
6University of Maiduguri1975Borno
7University of Benin1970Edo
8University of Calabar1975Cross Rivers
9University of Jos1975Plateau
10University of llorin1975Kwara

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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