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### Top 10 Universities in Nigeria 2024: UNILAG Secures Second Position

  • EduRank, an independent ranking system for universities worldwide, has revealed the top tertiary institutions in Nigeria, showcasing the best universities in the country.
  • The University of Lagos (UNILAG) has secured the second position in Nigeria according to the latest rankings published recently and reported by

Ridwan Adeola Yusuf, a journalist from, boasts over 9 years of experience covering education in Nigeria and around the globe.

Yaba, Lagos state – The unveiling of the top 10 universities in Nigeria for 2024 by EduRank, a reputable source for social media analytics in the educational sphere, has surfaced.

As per the information available on the organization’s website, the rankings consider research outputs, non-academic visibility, and alumni impact.

University of Ibadan in number 1 as EduRank names best universities in NigeriaEduRank unveils top Nigerian universities in 2024. Photo credit: PeopleImages

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The top 10 universities in Nigeria are concentrated in the southwest region and predominantly consist of federally operated institutions.

Here is the list of the top 10 universities in Nigeria for 2024:

1) University of Ibadan

Originally a constituent college of the University of London, the University of Ibadan (UI) was established in 1948 as University College, Ibadan, before attaining independence as a university in 1962. It stands as the oldest degree-awarding institution in Nigeria.

2) University of Lagos

Founded in 1962, the University of Lagos (UNILAG) is a renowned public research university situated in Lagos state. It is among the pioneer universities in Nigeria and holds a significant position in various national education rankings.

3) University of Nigeria

Established in 1960 by the iconic Nnamdi Azikiwe, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), aimed to produce skilled professionals to meet Nigeria’s workforce demands.

4) Obafemi Awolowo University

Initially known as the University of Ife, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) was renamed in 1987 to honor Chief Obafemi Awolowo, a key figure in its establishment. The university comprises 13 faculties offering diverse undergraduate programs.

5) University of Port Harcourt

Commencing as University College, Port Harcourt in 1975 and later attaining university status in 1977, the University of Port Harcourt has garnered recognition both nationally and continentally.

6) Ahmadu Bello University

Founded in 1962 as the University of Northern Nigeria, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) is a federal research institution located in Zaria, Kaduna state.

7) Covenant University

Covenant University (CU) is a private institution affiliated with Living Faith Church Worldwide, holding memberships in esteemed academic associations.

8) University of Ilorin

Popularly known as UNILORIN, the University of Ilorin is a federal government-owned institution in Kwara state, established in 1975.

9) University of Benin

Originally an Institute of Technology, the University of Benin (UNIBEN) transitioned into a full-fledged university in 1971 and later became a federal government-owned institution in 1975.

10) Federal University of Technology, Minna

Specializing in technological education, the Federal University of Technology, Minna, offers programs in various technology-related fields, emphasizing areas such as vaccine development and small arms design in collaboration with the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

The complete Nigerian university ranking can be accessed .

Proposed Wigwe University

Previously, showcased an intriguing video unveiling the anticipated design of Wigwe University, set to launch within a year.

The brainchild of the late Herbert Wigwe, a respected entrepreneur who tragically lost his life in a helicopter crash in the USA on February 9, 2024, Wigwe University aimed to establish itself as one of the premier educational institutions in Africa, focusing on top-notch facilities and academic excellence.