University of Lagos

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University of Lagos
TypePublic research university
Vice-ChancellorProfessor Oluwatoyin Temitayo Ogundipe
Academic staff
1,123 (2013)[1]
Administrative staff
1,065 (2013)[1]
Students57,183 (2013)[2]
Undergraduates44,602 (2013)[1]
Postgraduates12,581 (2013)[1]
6°31′0″N 3°23′10″E / 6.51667°N 3.38611°E / 6.51667; 3.38611Coordinates: 6°31′0″N 3°23′10″E / 6.51667°N 3.38611°E / 6.51667; 3.38611
ColorsGold and Maroon
SportsFootball and gymnastics

The University of Lagos – popularly known as Unilag – is a federal government owned research university in Lagos State, Nigeria.

Academics and research[edit]

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.[2][3] The University of Lagos is among the first generation of universities in Nigeria[4] 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."[5] 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.


In 2019 the BBC reported that "Female reporters were sexually harassed, propositioned and put under pressure by senior lecturers at the institutions – all the while wearing secret cameras".[6]

Notable alumni, faculty and staff[edit]


Notable faculty[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Amongst the alumni of the University of Lagos, Akoka and other institutions that fall under that banner are:

Renaming proposal[edit]

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.[21][22][23]


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  4. ^ "Nigerian Education Profile". United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria. Archived from the original on 17 March 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
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  6. ^ "'Sex for grades': Undercover in West African universities". BBC News. 7 October 2019. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
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  8. ^ The University of Lagos Calendar. ISBN 978-97848-712-0-4.
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  10. ^ "The Essential Soyinka Timeline, By Uzor Maxim Uzoatu". Premium Times. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  11. ^ "Stanford Presidential Lectures in the humanities and the arts". Stanford University. 1998. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
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  13. ^ "John Pepper Clark Bekederemo". The Adaka Boro Centre. 25 March 2012. Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  14. ^ Oyeleye Oyediran; Adigun Agbaje (June 1991). "Two-Partyism and Democratic Transition in Nigeria". The Journal of Modern African Studies. University of Cambridge Press. 29 (2): 213–235. doi:10.1017/S0022278X0000272X.
  15. ^ "S. Adeboye Babalola". Encyclopædia Britannica.
  16. ^ "DR. D.K OLUKOYA OF MFM; My life and passion for football". 29 March 2014.
  17. ^ Roberts, Karen B. "Engineering elite: National Academy of Engineering elects UD's Babatunde Ogunnaike". University of Delaware College of Engineering. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
  18. ^ "Focus on Bisi Alimi". London, UK: The Kaleidoscope Trust. September 2011. Archived from the original on 5 January 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  19. ^ "Africa: John P. McNulty Prize Announces 2011 Winner - Dele Olojede". AllAfrica. 25 October 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  20. ^ Nkem-Eneanya, Jennifer (18 July 2013). "Arc. Kunle Adeyemi: Rebuilding Lives, One Project at a Time". Konnect Africa. Archived from the original on 20 October 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  21. ^ "Nigeria President renames university after politician who died in jail over a decade ago". The Washington Post. Washington DC, USA. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  22. ^ "Students Protest Jonathan's Renaming of UNILAG". 29 May 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  23. ^ "Jonathan renames UNILAG, Moshood Abiola University". The Vanguard. Lagos, Nigeria. 29 May 2012. Archived from the original on 31 May 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2012.

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