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The Most Educated States In Nigeria (2024)

Education they say is not a preparation for life but life itself (John Dewey), and if a man rejects education he walks lame to the end of his life (Plato). This article sought to outline some of the most educated states in Nigeria.

The rate of education in Nigeria is not spread evenly. This is because education is not evenly distributed in Nigeria.

You wonder why?

This is because Nigeria there is no balanced circulation of educational development in Nigeria, as a result, there is no balanced circulation.

For example, a state like Oyo state, has a total number of 5 universities in the state, while some states only have just one University, such as Your state.

There is no doubt that the only thing that can move Nigeria forward is by eradicating illiteracy from the country.

Now, the question that will be going through your mind is, what hastens the educational development of a region?

The educational development in each state is being hastened by the number of schools present in each state, such as

  • Secondary schools
  • Primary schools
  • College of education
  • Polytechnics
  • University
  • School of nursing etc

The more the amount of these schools present in each state, the more the state gets enlightened towards Education.

For instance, Oyo state is the first state to own a University in Nigeria, and the University is still active up to date, known as the University of Ibadan.

With this being well understood, we shall be a look at the most Educated states in Nigeria.

The Most Educated States In Nigeria (Top 10)

The Most Educated States In Nigeria (Top 10)

We shall be talking about the most educated states in Nigeria. The ranking is based on their available Academic Institutions, Educational advancement in the state, and many more.

1. Imo State

One of the most Educated states in the southeast is Imo State. Taking a close look at the Education advancement in the state, the state is found worthy of being the most educated state in Nigeria.

Contributing factor, to what makes the state, the most Educated includes

  • The highest amount of bachelor degree holders
  • The available universities have the highest quality percentage

All these are based on statistics.

Owerri is the capital of Imo state, and it has the highest number of primary schools in Nigeria (both private and public).

In addition, it doesn’t just end there, the state is determined to always remain at the forefront, as the most Educated State in Nigeria, by proposing the establishment of 6 new Institutions, which are.

  • Ehime Polytechnic
  • University of engineering
  • University of agriculture
  • Aboh Mbaise
  • Ihitte Uboma college of education
  • Onuimo

2. Lagos State

It’s unarguable that Lagos state is a state full of educated and enlightened people.

Considering the available number of schools in the state, Lagos state comes as the second most Educated State in Nigeria dominated mostly by Yoruba People.

Also, most private companies, quality schools and Travel agencies have made the state their home of abode.

It is also important to note that some of the Nigerian upcoming music artists have studied in one of the best music schools in Lagos

Some universities in Lagos include

  • National Open University of Nigeria, Lagos
  • University of Lagos
  • Lagos State University, Ojo (courses)
  • Augustine University
  • Caleb University, Lagos
  • Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos
  • Anchor University Ayobo Lagos State
  • Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences Ijanikin, Lagos
  • James Hope University, Lagos, Lagos State

3. Anambra State

Anambra is a state, located in the southern part of Nigeria.

The state is renowned for producing great men and women. Lots of great doctors and lawyers, who have produced solutions to diverse problems, emerged from this state.

Furthermore, the renowned Nnamdi Azikwe University is situated in this state, and the school is the dream school of many aspirants.

Also, secondary schools of the likes of Onitsha secondary school, king’s college, and federal government girls college, are situated in this state, and these schools are part of the best secondary schools in Nigeria.

Polytechnics and universities present in Anambra state include

  • Nnamdi Azikwe University
  • Legacy University
  • Madonna University
  • Ekwenugo Okeke University
  • Chukwuemeka Ojukwu University
  • Paul University
  • Federal Polytechnic Oko
  • Anambra State University

Notwithstanding, the schools are great and quality in Nigeria.

Read Also: List of Universities in South-East Nigeria

4. Oyo state

It won’t be surprising to many, who have been to Oyo state, that this state is among the first fourth most Educated State in Nigeria.

Oyo state is the first state to own the first University in Nigeria.

Also, most of the big secondary schools are encompassed in Oyo. Ibadan, which is the capital of Oyo state owns the first University in Nigeria, which is the University of Ibadan (UI).

Some of the Universities in Oyo State include;

  • University of Ibadan
  • Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso
  • Oyo State Technical University Ibadan
  • Ajayi Crowther University, Ibadan
  • Lead City University, Ibadan
  • Kola Daisi University Ibadan, Oyo State
  • Dominican University Ibadan Oyo State
  • Precious Cornerstone University, Oyo
  • Atiba University Oyo
  • Dominion University Ibadan, Oyo State

5. Rivers State

Rivers is a popular state in Nigeria, known for crude oil production, this is one of Nigeria’s major sources of income.

There are many universities present in the state which has made the school gain good recognition.

Of no doubt, this state is the fifth most Educated State in Nigeria.

Schools in Rivers State are as follows;

  • University of Port-Harcourt
  • Ignatius Ajuru University of Education,Rumuolumeni
  • River State University
  • Rhema University, Obeama-Asa – Rivers State
  • Arthur Javis University Akpoyubo Cross River State
  • PAMO University of Medical Sciences, Portharcourt

6. Ogun State

Ogun state is a state that has produced many great personalities in Nigeria, such as former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The best university in the country, which is Covenant University, is situated in this state.

In addition to this, there are also other giant Institutions present in the state, such as

  • Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
  • Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye
  • Tai Solarin University of Education Ijebu Ode
  • Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology Abeokuta
  • Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo
  • Bells University of Technology, Otta
  • Chrisland University
  • Covenant University Ota
  • Crawford University Igbesa
  • Crescent University
  • Hallmark University, Ijebi Itele, Ogun
  • Mcpherson University, Seriki Sotayo, Ajebo
  • Christopher University Mowe
  • Mountain Top University
  • Southwestern University, Oku Owa
  • Trinity University Ogun State
  • Olabisi Onabanjo University
  • Tai Solarin College of education, and many more.

its no doubt, this state deserves recognition as one of the most Educated States in Nigeria.

7. Delta State

Delta State is a beautiful oil and agricultural-producing state in Nigeria. It is situated in the region known as the South-South geo-political zone with a population of 400k+

The state has contributed massively to the development of Nigeria’s economy.

However, this was achieved via their exposure to education.

There are a lot of big schools situated in this state that have continued to move the state forward, such as the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN).

Delta state has the following tertiary institutions

  • Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun
  • Nigerian Maritime University Okerenkoko, Delta State
  • Delta State University Abraka
  • Edwin Clark University, Kaigbodo
  • Micheal & Cecilia Ibru University
  • Novena University, Ogume
  • Western Delta University, Oghara Delta State
  • Admiralty University, Ibusa Delta State

8. Ekiti State

Ekiti State is in the Southwest region of Nigeria, declared a state on 1 October 1996 alongside five other states in the country by the then military government under the head of state, General Sani Abacha.

A lot of people who have gone through one school or the other have now become great personnel, making waves in their area of specialization

This state is the 7th most Educated state in Nigeria.

Tertiary institutions include;

  • Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State
  • Ekiti State University
  • Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti – Ekiti State

9. Enugu

Enugu usually referred to as Enugu State to distinguish it from the city of Enugu, is a state in southeastern Nigeria, created in 1991 from part of the old Anambra State. Its capital and largest city are Enugu, from which the state derives its name.

There are a lot of great schools in this state, which have become the centre of academic research.

tertiary institutions include;

University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu

  • Caritas University, Enugu
  • Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike – Enugu State
  • Renaissance University, Enugu
  • Coal City University Enugu State

10. Kaduna

It may be surprising to find Kaduna State on this list because it’s a less-education privilege state.

However, the state is always determined to eradicate illiteracy from the state.

For this purpose, the state is continuously investing in Education, by building various schools.

  • Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
  • Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna
  • Air Force Institute of Technology, Kaduna
  • Kaduna State University, Kaduna
  • Greenfield University, Kaduna
  • NOK University, Kachia, Kaduna State

Kaduna State is regarded as one of the most educated states in northern Nigeria

11. Osun State

Anyone who has ever been to Osun State will know that Osun State deserves to be on the list.

Osun is an inland state in southwestern Nigeria. Its capital is Osogbo. It is bounded in the north by Kwara State, in the east partly by Ekiti State and partly by Ondo State, in the south by Ogun State and in the west by Oyo State

It is bounded by Kwara State on the northeast, Ekiti and Ondo on the east, Ogun on the south, and Oyo on the west and northwest. The Yoruba Hills run through the northern part of Osun state.

Tertiary institutions include;

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife

Osun State University Osogbo

  • Adeleke University, Ede
  • Bowen University, Iwo
  • Fountain University, Oshogbo
  • Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji
  • Kings University, Ode Omu
  • Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu – Osun State
  • Redeemer’s University, Ede
  • Westland University Iwo, Osun State

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Conclusion: The Most Educated States In Nigeria

In conclusion, Nigeria is among the countries with the most schools in Africa, Having gone through our outline of the most educated states in Nigeria what are your thoughts? do you think your state was excluded from the list? do you have any state suggestions that should make a list?

Kindly make the comment box your home

Benjamin Targba


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  1. Thanks for this insightful article… It makes so much sense.

  2. You have number 3 twice which makes it eleven

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  4. bro thank you for update

  5. This is very educative, thanks for sharing

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