10 Best Creative Writing Schools In Nigeria

Find out the 10 best universities in Nigeria where aspirants can gain high-level knowledge of creative writing and the arts. The quality of education in these schools has led to the development of more creative and enhanced minds in writing and the arts.

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University of Lagos

The University of Lagos, popularly known as UNILAG, is a public research university located in Lagos, Nigeria, and was founded in 1962. UNILAG is one of the first-generation universities in Nigeria and is ranked among the top universities in the world in major education publications.

Founded in 1962, the University of Lagos has, for over five decades, provided qualitative and research-oriented education in creative writing to Nigerians and all those who have entered its domain in search of knowledge.

At its inception, the University of Lagos was empowered to produce a professional workforce that would steer the political, social, and economic development of a newly independent country. Over the last fifty years, the university has pursued this mission with vigour, excellence, and panache.

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University of Ibadan

The University of Ibadan is a public research university in Ibadan, Nigeria. The university was founded in 1948 as University College Ibadan, one of many colleges within the University of London. It became an independent university in 1962 and is the oldest degree-awarding institution in Nigeria.
The university is one of the most aspired-to universities in the country with local applicants from all parts of the country and even international applicants.

The university has a diverse student body with students from different cultural and religious backgrounds. Through its graduate network, the University of Ibadan has contributed to the political, industrial, economic and cultural development of Nigeria and even given students a greater mind on creative writing. The likes of Wole Soyinka, Chinua Anichebe, and so on once studied in this great school.

The history and influence of the University of Ibadan have made it one of the most prestigious universities in Africa.

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University of Port Harcourt

The University of Port Harcourt is located in Choba, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. It was established in 1975 as University College, Port Harcourt, and was given university status in 1977. The University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e., certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), Bachelor’s degrees, Master’s degrees, and doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

UNIPORT also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities and/or activities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

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Obafemi Awolowo University

Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) is a federally government-owned university that is located in the ancient city of Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria. The university was founded in 1961 and classes commenced in October 1962 as the University of Ife by the regional government of Western Nigeria, which was led by Samuel Ladoke Akintola.

It was renamed “Obafemi Awolowo University” on 12 May 1987 in honour of Obafemi Awolowo (1909–1987), the first premier of the Western Region of Nigeria, whose idea the university was.

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University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)

The University of Nigeria, commonly referred to as UNN, is a federal university located in Nsukka, Enugu State, in the eastern part of Nigeria. Founded by Nnamdi Azikiwe in 1955 and formally opened on 7 October 1960, the University of Nigeria has three campuses in Enugu State– Nsukka, Enugu, and Ituku-Ozalla – and the Aba campus in Abia State.

The University of Nigeria is the first fully-fledged indigenous and first autonomous university in Nigeria, modelled upon the American educational system. It was the first land-grant university in Africa and one of the five most reputed universities in Nigeria. The university has 15 Faculties and 102 academic departments. The university offers 108 undergraduate programs and 211 postgraduate programmes.

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University of Maiduguri

The University of Maiduguri is a federal higher education institution located in Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno State in northeast Nigeria. The university was created by the federal government of Nigeria in 1975, with the intention of becoming one of the country’s principal higher-education institutions.

The University of Maiduguri like other typical federal universities has very low tuition. The university offers various degrees in sciences, social sciences, arts, creative writing and other areas of study. Admission into this university is relatively competitive. The university has good college buildings, good roads, a library, electricity supply etc.

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Federal University of Lafia

The Federal University of Lafia formerly named Federal University, Lafia is a recently established university situated in Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa State, this was done in 2011 by the Goodluck Jonathan administration as one of the nine new federal universities established in the six geo-political zones of Nigeria.

The university was established in 2011 in order to reduce pressure on already existing universities that could no longer accommodate applicants. The university has no religious, cultural or age constraints and this allows the university to have a diverse student body with individuals from different age brackets.

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Tai Solarin University of Education

The Tai Solarin University of Education is a state university of education in Nigeria. It was established in 2005. It is located in Ijagun, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.
Tai Solarin University’s education courses are bachelor’s degrees in science, social sciences, art courses, including creative writing, and primarily focus on education courses, which include subjects in education, education foundation, technical education, and so on.

Admission into this university is very competitive and the university has a very large student body and staff population. We believe the university student body would be diverse consisting of people from different parts of the country passionate about education.

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University of Ilorin

The University of Ilorin, also known as Unilorin, is a federallyly government-owned university in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria. It was established by a decree of the federal military government in August 1975. The establishment aimed to implement one of the educational directives of the

Third National Development Plan was aimed at providing more opportunities for Nigerians aspiring to acquire a university education and to generate high-level manpower, so vital for the rapidly expanding economy and even a higher knowledge of creative writing. Compared to other higher institutions of learning in the country, the institution has one of the largest land areas, covering approximately 15,000 hectares of land.

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National Open University of Nigeria

The National Open University of Nigeria is a federal open and distance learning institution, the first of its kind in the West African sub-region.
It is Nigeria’s largest tertiary institution in terms of student numbers and is popularly referred to as “NOUN.”
The institution offers exceptional academic programs tailored to meet the specific needs of the global economy. The courses cut across the arts, education, law, health, social, physical, agricultural, management, and creative writing fields. The programs are offered at different academic levels.

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