Top 5 Most Beautiful Campuses in Nigeria

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There are over 90 universities in Nigeria consisting of Federal, State and Private institutions; You may want to call it a fair number considering the population of the country.

As a result of the oil boom years of the 1970s, tertiary level of education was expanded to reach every sub-region of Nigeria. The federal government and the state governments were previously the only bodies licensed to operate universities. Recently, licenses have been granted to individuals, corporate bodies and religious bodies to establish private universities in the country. At least there is one university in every state of the federation.

Therefore, compiling a list of the top five most beautiful universities in Nigeria was never going to be an easy task. Some people may want to disagree with my ‘Top 5 most beautiful campuses in Nigeria’ but like they say; beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

Suffice to say that there are many beautiful campuses in Nigeria; however these are the top 5 most beautiful campuses around. Wait till you get to the list before you raise your objections;


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U.I is Nigeria’s premier university  and virtually the oldest University in Nigeria. It originated from Yaba College founded in 1932 in Yaba, Lagos as the first tertiary educational institute in Nigeria. Yaba College was transferred to Ibadan, becoming the University College of Ibadan, in 1948. The university was founded on its own site on 17 November 1948.  Though characterized by obsolete structures, the University campus is still a site to behold and has never stopped being one of the most beautiful and breathtaking campuses in Nigeria.

In as much that U.I might not have deserved topmost position on our list, it would be a sin not to have it in the top 5

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I’ve known this clock tower since like forever

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Faculty of Law, U.I



This university probably houses the most beautiful girls you can find in a Nigerian University. Some people call it ‘Federal University of swag’ others call it ‘University toh badt’,I call it the raw deal. University of Lagos is the most sought after higher institution in Nigeria not because of the beauties inherent there or the somewhat breathtaking structures but because it is situated in  the centre of excellence – LASGIDI–the city where dreams come true.

Unilag has the best of everything you can imagine!

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Senate House, Unilag – one of Unilag’s finest architectural piece

University of Lagos (UNILAG), an institution once rumoured to be renamed after the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election annulled by the then Military Government of Nigeria, Moshood Abiola University, Lagos (MAULAG), (the controversial name Ex-President Jonathan was going to rename UNILAG before he rescinded his decision after facing widespread criticism) is situated in Akoka, jewel of Yaba which is considered the 10th hottest location in Lagos. Unilag’s senate house is one of the best architectural pieces in a Nigerian University and maybe the best in Unilag.



ABU, is the pearl of the north and the best university in that part of the country. ABU – the oldest University in Northern Nigeria is named after the Sardauna of Sokoto, Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello, the first premier of Northern Nigeria who was killed in 1966 in an Igbo-led coup. The University has one of the finest collections of north’s bests.


If you want to see pretty hijab wearing Hausa and Fulani ladies then ABU is your destination.

The university has a large medical program with its own A.B.U. Teaching Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in Nigeria. Also, I’ll bet ABU is the biggest University in Nigeria.

Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital

Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital



Okay, I didn’t give this famous institution the number one spot only because the people who know me so well will cry blue murder!

UNIBEN has always been an all-rounder and its magnificent structure is just one of its many astounding attributes. In fact Uniben has the best gate house in Nigeria amongst our tertiary institutions.

Uniben Auditorium is the cynosure of all eyes

Uniben Auditorium is the cynosure of all eyes

The University buildings from the entrance to the campus and hostel are a class act and one of the finest ever.  In 1985, Grace Alele-Williams made history as the first Nigerian woman to become the head (vice-chancellor) of a Nigerian university. She was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin till 1991.

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Arguably the best gate house in a Nigerian university

University of Benin Teaching Hospital

University of Benin Teaching Hospital

Uniben only bane is cultism.



Formerly called University of Ife, OAU is the best Nigerian University in everything on the surface of this earth not just structure wise. There are so many amazing structures in Ife that you would wonder if it is a University for just civil Engineers, Architects and Estate surveyors.

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‘Oba awon Universities’ like the students of the institution prefer to call it, is no doubt the most beautiful Nigerian university ever. Now I’m saying that categorically because if you’ve had any prior objections on the previous ones on my list I believe there can never be any objections on this one except you have a personal vendetta for Ife.

Department of Architecture OAU, is an architectural masterpiece on its own

Department of Architecture OAU, is an architectural masterpiece on its own

Oba awon University is definitely the King of all Nigerian universities and also stands tall in Africa. OAU rivals are not even in the country so why should anyone raise an eyebrow that it came tops on our list.

The University was named after a Nigerian legend and a person who many believe is the best Nigerian President there never was, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, on 12 May 1987 . The man who has his image crested on the 100 naira note was the first premier of the western region.

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun state, the brain child of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo is situated in a place that is widely believed to be the origin of the Yoruba people; the dwelling place of Oduduwa.



Oba awon University is probably the best thing to ever happen to Osun state.

So that’s my list of the top 5 finest Nigerian Universities ever.

I expect a standing ovation for OBA AWON UNIVERSITY!!!

Oya, who’s in the hood that thinks otherwise?


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