University of Lagos
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|Type||Public research university|
|Vice-Chancellor||Professor Oluwatoyin Temitayo Ogundipe|
|Colors||Gold and Maroon|
|Sports||Football and gymnastics|
Academics and research
The university has remained one of the most competitive in the country in terms of admissions. With approximately 57,000 students as of 2013, the University of Lagos has one of the largest student populations of any university in the country. The University of Lagos is among the first generation of universities in Nigeria and also one of the twenty-five federal universities which are overseen and accredited by the National Universities Commission. The university has been called "the University of First Choice and the Nation's Pride." The University of Lagos is a centre for academic research. The university's research activity was one of the major criteria used by the National Universities Commission (NUC) in adjudging the university as the best university in Nigeria at the Nigerian University System Annual Merit Award (NUSAMA) in 2008.
Notable alumni, faculty and staff
- Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe: 2017–present
- Professor Rahmon Ade Bello: 2012–2017
- Professor Babatunde Adetokunbo Sofoluwe: 2010-2012
- Professor Tolu Olukayode Odugbemi: 2007-2010
- Professor Oyewusi Ibidapo Obe: Ag, 2000-2002; 2002-2007
- Professor Jelili Adebisi Omotola: 1995-2000
- Professor Nurudeen Oladapo Alao: 1988-1995
- Professor Akinpelu Oludele Adesola: 1981-1988
- Professor Babatunde Kwaku Adadevoh: 1978-1980
- Professor Jacob F. Adeniyi Ajayi: 1972-1978
- Professor Saburi Biobaku: 1965-1971
- Professor Eni Njoku: 1962-1965
- Wole Soyinka
- Ayodele Awojobi
- Laurence Gower
- Grace Alele-Williams
- David Aradeon
- Akin Euba
- Cornelius Taiwo
- Chike Obi
- Taslim Olawale Elias
- J. P. Clark
- Olufemi Majekodunmi
- Marita Golden
- Oyeleye Oyediran
- Lazarus Ekwueme
- Ken Saro Wiwa
- Solomon Babalola
- Akinsola Olusegun Faluyi
Amongst the alumni of the University of Lagos, Akoka and other institutions that fall under that banner are:
- Daniel Olukoya, a researcher, scientist, clergyman and founder of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM).
- Ousainou Darboe, current Gambian Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Yemi Osinbajo, current Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria
- Rilwan Akiolu, current Oba of Lagos
- Ogbonnaya Onu, first Executive Governor of Abia State
- Bolanle Austen-Peters, lawyer and businesswoman
- Omowunmi Sadik, scientist and professor
- Titilola Obilade, Medical Doctor, PhD Learning Sciences and Technologies, Writer, Senior Education Specialist
- Wande Abimbola, Yoruba professor
- Wale Adenuga, publisher and film producer
- Wole Olanipekun, Senior Advocate of Nigeria
- Ibrahim Dankwambo, former Governor of Gombe State
- Omoyele Sowore, media entrepreneur
- Gbenga Daniel, Former Governor of Ogun State
- Gabriel Suswam, former Governor of Benue State.
- Babatunde Ogunnaike, engineering professor
- Wale Babalakin, lawyer and businessman
- Fabian Ajogwu, lawyer
- Francis Agu, actor
- Funke Akindele, actress
- Omowunmi Akinnifesi, public relations consultant, former MBGN
- IllRymz, musician and television personality
- Bisi Alimi, gay rights activist
- Lola Akande, author and academic
- Daré Art-Aladé, singer
- Reekado Banks, singer
- Adewale Ayuba, singer
- Regina Askia-Williams, nurse practitioner, actress, and former Miss Unilag
- Philip Begho, writer
- Funsho Williams, civil servant
- Stella Damasus, actress
- Denrele, television presenter
- Sasha P, rapper, musician, businesswoman, lawyer and motivational speaker
- Akin Babalola Kamar Odunsi, politician
- Ufuoma McDermott, model and actress
- Fidelis Oditah, lawyer
- Grace Ekpiwhre, former minister
- eLDee, rapper
- Linda Ikeji, former model and blogger
- Oby Ezekwesili, accountant
- Kayode Fayemi, former Ekiti governor
- Kate Henshaw, actress
- Matilda Kerry, doctor, former MBGN
- Oliver Mbamara, lawyer
- Richard Mofe-Damijo, actor
- Tony Momoh, lawyer
- Genevieve Nnaji, actress
- Teju Babyface, comedian
- Mary Akpobome, banker
- Ramsey Nouah, actor
- Chinenye Ochuba, former MBGN
- Bayo Ojo, lawyer
- Ikedi Ohakim, former Imo governor
- Afolabi Olabimtan, writer
- Dele Olojede, journalist
- Simbo Olorunfemi, writer and television producer
- Mike Omoighe, artist
- Helen Ovbiagele, writer
- Joke Silva, actress
- Adetokunbo Kayode, former minister
- Ganiyu Solomon, politician
- Farida Mzamber Waziri, EFCC chairman
- Kunlé Adeyemi, architect
- Tony Elumelu, economist
- Helen Paul, comedian
- Chude Jideonwo, journalist
- Koffi Idowu Nuel, comedian
- Akinwunmi Ambode, former Accountant-General of Lagos State and former Governor of Lagos State
- Jimi Agbaje, Lagos State governorship candidate for 2015 elections
- Yakubu Itua, former member federal house of representative 1983 and former judge High Court of Justice, Benin-City
- Sarah Jibril, Nigeria's first female presidential aspirant.
- Omoyemi Akerele, fashion designer and founder of Style House Files
- Sophie Oluwole, philosopher
- Abayomi Owope: TV presenter
- Timini Egbuson , actor
- Dakore Akande, actress
- Ifeanyi Chudy Momah Politician, Lawyer and Member Federal House of Representatives.
- Victoria Inyama, Nigerian actress.
- Moyo Lawal, Nigerian actress
- Jibola Dabo, Nigerian actor
- Bobrisky, Nigerian transgender entrepreneur
- Shade Omoniyi, Nigeria actress.
On 29 May 2012, the then President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, proposed to rename the University of Lagos to Moshood Abiola University in honor of Moshood Abiola, who died in jail as a political prisoner in 1998. The proposed name change became a subject of protests from students and alumni. The proposal was consequently jettisoned as the Nigerian Federal Government gave in to the protests incited by the proposed name change.
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