March 4, 2024

Best Educated States: The level of educational development across Nigeria’s 36 states is not uniform. However, the literacy rate varies greatly between states. This can be because the state has a wide range of schools from elementary to higher levels.

Best Educated States

Also, this may be due to the disparity in socioeconomic, political, or religious beliefs that exists across the nation. For instance, certain faiths believe that Western education harms their cause, and this is especially true in the northern regions.

10 Best Educated States in Nigeria

Below are the 10 best-educated states in Nigeria:

10. Osun State

Osun state is a state in southern Nigeria with the capital city of Osogbo with more than five (5) reputable universities. It is a state dominated by Yoruba indigenous people.

Osun state has a literacy rate of roughly 88.40%, and the schools in the state are either owned by the government or by individuals living in the state. These institutions include:

  • Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife
  • Bowen University Iwo
  • Joseph Ayo Babalola University
  • Ikeji-Arakeji, Redeemer’s University Ede
  • Osun State University

9. Akwa­ Ibom State

This is yet another of Nigeria’s most educated states, as well as a rich oil and gas-producing state with significant educational development.

The state, which is located on the coast, derives the majority of its revenue from petroleum. And, as a result, they have invested more in guaranteeing high-quality education that matches global standards.

With a literacy rate of 88.90%, the state’s well-known higher schools, which include:

  • University of Uyo
  • Akwa ­Ibom State University of Technology, Mkpat­ Enin,
  • Akwa ­Ibom State Polytechnic

However, these institutions have produced enough highly educated persons to put the state on the map.


8. Delta State

Delta state encourages education in order to address the problems posed by its abundant oil and gas resources. It’s no surprise that its total literacy rate is 89.50%.

To complement the state’s universities, the state has the Film and Broadcast Academy, Ozoro, College of Education, Agbor, College of Education, Arondizuogu, and Ahiara Polytechnic.

The state is home to a number of prestigious universities, polytechnics, secondary schools, and institutions of learning.

They are as follows:

  • Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun
  • Delta State University
  • Delta State Polytechnics; and
  • A number of outstanding secondary/primary schools.

7. Enugu State

Enugu state is located in southern Nigeria, with Enugu as its capital. It also houses some of Nigeria’s notable tertiary educational institutions.

It also houses Nigeria’s first Federal University, The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), the country’s second-best university.

It has a literacy rate of around 90%.

These institutions include:

  • Enugu State University of Science and Technology Enugu
  • Godfrey Okoye University Ugwuomu-Nike Enugu,
  • Coal City University Enugu State, Caritas University, and others are also located in the state.

However, because of its abundant educational facilities, the coal city-state has a high literacy rate of 90%.

6. Ogun State

With a literacy rate of 90.57%, Ogun State is one of the most educated states in Nigeria, with the highest academic personalities.

This state is home to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Abiodun, and many other literates. The institutions in this state include:

  • Covenant University
  • The Federal University of Agriculture
  • Ago Iwoye campus of Olabisi Onabanjo University.
  • Tai Solarin College of Education
  • Federal Government College, Odogbolu.
  • Federal Government Girls College, Sagamu.
  • Bell’s University
  • Babcock University
  • Mountain Top University
  • Caleb University and some of the others.

With these properly equipped schools, one may assume that the state is educationally advanced.

5. Rivers State

Rivers State is a major producer of oil and gas, Nigeria’s principal source of revenue. With this, you can be sure that most of the state’s money will be flowing to education to sustain these resources. The institutions in this state include:

  • The University of Port­Harcourt
  • Rivers State University of Technology
  • Port­Harcourt Polytechnic, and
  • Rivers State College of Health Science is among the state’s several higher education institutions.

Rivers is expected to be one of the most educated Nigerian states in 2022, with a literacy level of 92.11%.

4. Oyo State

This is an inland state in southwestern Nigeria, with Ibadan as its capital and the third most populated city in Africa.

Oyo state is likewise at the top in terms of education, with a literacy rate of roughly 94.30%.

Oyo state is home to not just the first university in Nigeria, but also the top university in Nigeria, demonstrating the high level of education available.

Oyo state universities include:

  • The University of Ibadan
  • Ajayi Crowther University
  • Oyo State Technical University
  • Lead City University,
  • Dominion University Ibadan, and more.

3. Anambra State

Anambra is another well-educated Nigerian state in the southeastern area, with a literacy rate of 95.76%.

Their educational institutions are well-known for creating successful businessmen and entrepreneurs.

Nnamdi Azikiwe University is the state’s most prestigious and high-quality educational institution. The university is named after Nnamdi Azikiwe, Nigeria’s first educated indigenous leader.

Christ the King College, Onitsha, Bethlehem Institutions, Federal Government Girls College, and Onitsha High School are among the greatest secondary schools in the country.

These schools were combined with tertiary institutions to provide more higher education to its population. These institutions include:

  • Nnamdi Azikiwe University
  • Chukwuemeka Ojukwu University
  • Madonna University,
  • Legacy University,
  • Paul University,
  • Ekwenugo Okeke Polytechnic,
  • Anambra State Polytechnic, and
  • Federal Polytechnic, Oko is among the universities and polytechnics in Anambra state.

These educational institutions provide high-quality education, allowing the state to be ranked highly in terms of education.

2. Lagos State

Lagos state is located in southern Nigeria, with its capital in Ikeja. It is claimed to be the most economically significant state in the country, as well as the most developed, with a literacy rate of over 96%.

Lagos state has one of the top tertiary and secondary school educations in the country, providing genuine graduates to work in various organizations.

The state is home to well-known secondary institutions such as

  • Kings College
  • Queens College
  • St. Finbarr’s College, and others.
  • The University of Lagos,
  • Lagos State University,
  • Lagos State Polytechnic,
  • Federal College of Technology Yaba and others are important tertiary institutions.


1. Imo State

Imo state is the best-educated state in Nigeria, with a literacy rate of 96.43%. Imo is one of the most educated states in Nigeria’s southeast, having the largest number of degrees.

It is the location of famous educational institutions like:

  • Technological Skills Acquisition Institute, Orlu,
  • Federal University of Technology, Owerri,
  • Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, and
  • Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri.

Imo state also has the largest number of bachelor’s degree holders, the highest percentage of graduate degree holders, and its universities have the highest average quality needed of a university, according to statistics.

Owerri, the state capital, features a variety of high-quality elementary and secondary institutions, as well as top-rated public and private universities.

The state administration intends to attain new heights in the educational sector by proposing and launching the development of six new schools.

They are:

  • Onuimo University of Engineering,
  • Aboh Mbaise University of Agriculture,
  • Ehime Polytechnic, and
  • Ihitte Uboma College of Education.

This strategy, which was initiated by former state governor Rochas Okorocha in 2018, would be carried out by successive governments.

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