Ever dreamed of sitting next to 2Face in class, catching up with Davido on the library steps, or having a gist in your hostel with Wizkid?
Let me guess, those three are one of the top 10 richest musicians in Nigeria, right?
We compiled this list of top Universities in Nigeria producing celebrities like the most critically acclaimed actors, producers, writers, and musicians who are very popular today.
The list examines the celebrities with the awards like the Headies, City entertainment winning alumni, as well as programs that make some of the nation’s most successful entertainment professionals at every level of production in Nigeria’s over $50 million industry.
Top 10 Universities In Nigeria With the Highest Number of Celebrities
Just because many celebrities find success before graduation, we measured the universities based on those who had attended the universities, or better still graduated.
The truth is, many of these celebs have been interviewed on top tv stations in Nigeria. Ready?
1. The University of Lagos
The University of Lagos is the main institution committed to quality teaching, learning, research and community service.
They have in the course of recent years created leaders in numerous disciplines through various programs.
Prominently alluded to as the University of First Choice and the Nation’s Pride, they place an incredible premium on the improvement and welfare of their staff and students both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Since its establishment in 1962, the institution has kept on assuming a key job in nation building from the overflowing youth population through its teaching, research and community services.
Producing nearly as double as many professionals in the entertainment industry as any other school, the University of Lagos takes the top spot.
Top Celebrities graduated from the school includes:
- Linda Ikeji
- Toke Makinwa
- Reekadoh Banks
- Yemi Alade
- Wande Coal
- Yemi Osinbanjo
- Omoyele Sowore
- Gbenga Daniel
- Chidinma Ekile
- Funke Akindele
- Richard Mofedamijo
- Mercy Aigbe
- Stella Damascus
- Joke Silva
- Kanayo O Kanayo
- Helen Paul
- Chika Ike
- Darey Art Alade
- Teju Babyface
- Bukky Wright
- Ruky Sanda
Unilag, as it is popularly called, has produced a whopping 25 renowned celebrities in Nigeria!
2. The University of Ibadan
Established in 1948, the University of Ibadan, UI, as it is affectionately alluded to, is the Premier University in Nigeria.
Until 1962 when it became an undeniable autonomous University, it was a College of the University of London in a special relationship scheme.
The second university on the list is no surprise. With its ideal location, the University of Ibadan has played a part in the entertainment industry since Nollywood’s Golden Age.
The university has also produced a huge line of reputable people and a lot of star celebrities from their alumni.
Celebrities graduated from this school includes:
- Lepacious Bose
- Muyiwa Ademola
- Beautiful Nubia
- Sean Tizzle
- Bimbo Odukoya
- Chinua Achebe
- Wole Soyinka
- Iyabo Obasanjo Bello
- DR. Sid
3. Lagos State University
Lagos State University, also known as LASU, was established in 1983 by the enabling Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, for the advancement of learning and establishment of academic excellence.
Another addition to the university with most celebrity graduates, Lagos State University is the third-highest producer of entertainers, through the sheer number of award-winning stars who have attended the school.
The school has graduated celebrities such as:
- Chioma Chukwuka
- Desmond Elliott
- Tara Fela Durotoye
- Annie Idibia
- Angela Okorie
- Liz da Silva
- Sound Sultan
4. Obafemi Awolowo University OAU
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife is one of three Universities established in Nigeria somewhere in the range of 1961 and 1962.
This was as a result of the report submitted to the Federal Government in September 1960, by a Commission it selected in April 1959 under the Chairmanship of Sir Eric Ashby, Master of Clare College, Cambridge, to survey the needs of post-secondary and advanced education in Nigeria throughout the following twenty years.
On 8th June 1961, the Law accommodating the establishment of the Provisional Council of the University was officially initiated under the Chairmanship of Chief Rotimi Williams.
Obafemi Awolowo University today has so far graduated celebrities such as:
- 2Face Idibia
- Yemi Shodimu
- Steph Nora Okeke
- Pastor E.A Adeboye
- Samuel Ajirebi
- Chinko Ekun
- Dele Momodu
- Seun Osewa
- Lai Mohammed
5. The University of Port Harcourt
The University of Port Harcourt is a university in the Nigerian city of Port Harcourt.
It was established in 1975 as University College, Port Harcourt and was given University status in 1977.
The University of Port Harcourt was ranked the sixth in Africa and the first in Nigeria by Times Higher Education (THE) in 2015.
This ranking surely translated into the quality of graduates they produce annually. Celebrities graduated from this school includes:
- Rita Dominic
- Timi Dakolo
- Andre Blaze
- Yul Edochie
- Goodluck Jonathan
- M Trill
- Julius Agwu
- Okey Bakasi
- Monalisa Chinda
- Agbani Darego
6. Olabisi Onabanjo University
Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye is a state-owned university in Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria.
The university was established July 7, 1982, as Ogun State University (OSU) and was renamed Olabisi Onabanjo University on May 29, 2001, to pay tribute to Chief (Dr.) Olabisi Onabanjo, whose efforts as the then civilian governor of Ogun State brought forth the university.
Then, numerous students still allude to the institution as OSU, an abbreviation for the previous name.
Famous graduates produced by this university include:
- DJ Spinall
- Frank Donga
- Aramide Lopez
- Weird MC
7. The University of Jos
The University of Jos was established with the vision of being an innovative institution with an incredible connection among ‘town and gown’.
Today, the university still carries a high responsibility for fashioning tastes and attitudes of things to come.
They are focused on giving training that is comprehensively competitive and significant to the needs of the present-day employer and the challenges of Nigeria.
Notable celebrity graduates from the school include:
- Jim Iyke
- Saint Obi
- Ireti Doyle
- Jesse Jagz
- Ice prince
8. Delta State University
The Delta State University, Abraka – popularly known as DELSU – is a State government-owned university in Nigeria with the main campus located at Abraka, Delta State and two campuses at Anwai, Asaba, and Oleh.
The Oleh campus was established with the 1995 Amended Edict.
Though many in Nigeria today believe graduates from this school are half baked, still they were able to make our list.
This citadel has been able to produce some of the finest stars in the entertainment industry today. Celebrities from this school are as follows:
9. The University of Nigeria, NSUKKA
The University of Nigeria was the first undeniable indigenous and first autonomous university in Nigeria, displayed upon the American educational system.
It is the first land-grant university in Africa and one of the five best federal universities in Nigeria. Celebrities graduated from this school are:
- Dora Akunyili
- Zack Orji
- Charles Soludo
10. Babcock University
Babcock University is a private Christian co-educational Nigerian university owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nigeria.
The university was founded in 1959 and is located at Ilishan-Remo, Ogun state.
Though it’s of the popular belief that graduates from most private universities are usually not well baked after school, they produced two very popular celebrities who have acquired Superstar status in Nigeria today.
Notable celebrity graduates from the school include:
- Beverly Osu
We’re not saying we doubted the academic prowess of today’s superstar celebrities in Nigeria, but we had no idea just how many of them were university graduates.
From Bovi who studied at Delta state university, to Basketmouth who studied at the University of Benin, and Frank Donga who studied at Olabisi Onabanjo University which a lot can hardly believe, this article has been able to show us the bright sparks that make up our current celebrity circuit.
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