THE UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS, popularly known as UNILAG, is a public research university in Lagos, Nigeria. It is one of five first generation universities in Nigeria and was founded in 1962. The university has three campuses in Lagos, including the main campus in Akoka, the School of Radiography at Yaba, and the College of Medicine at Idi Araba. The University of Lagos enrolls over 45,000 students.

Type: Public research university
Established: 1962
Vice-Chancellor: Professor Oluwatoyin Temitayo Ogundipe
Academic staff: 1,123 (2013)
Administrative staff: 1,065 (2013)
Students: 57,183 (2013)
Undergraduates: 44,602 (2013)
Postgraduates: 12,581 (2013)
Location: Lagos, Nigeria 6°31′0″N 3°23′10″E
Campus: Urban
Colors: Gold and Maroon
Sports: Football and gymnastics

UNILAG was founded in 1962, two years after Nigerian independence from Britain. It was one of the first five universities created in the country, now known as a “first generation university”.

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”.

The current vice-chancellor is Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe. He has been the vice-chancellor since 2017.

University rankings:
THE World

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 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’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.

The University of Lagos College of Medicine is associated with Lagos University Teaching Hospital.

Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences
Faculty of Management Sciences
Faculty of Clinical Sciences
Faculty of Dental Sciences
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Social Science
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Pharmacy



Wole Soyinka
Grace Alele-Williams
J. P. Clark
Olufemi Majekodunmi
Marita Golden
Oyeleye Oyediran
Lazarus Ekwueme
Ken Saro Wiwa
Solomon Babalola
Akinsola Olusegun Faluyi
Uju Uzo Ojinnaka


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

Daniel Olukoya, Scientist and Clergyman.

Enoch Adeboye, Professor and Clergyman.

Tony Elumelu, Economist, Entrepreneur and Philantropist.

George Magoha, Surgeon and Academic
Ousainou Darboe, Current Gambian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Yemi Osinbajo, Current Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Rilwan Akiolu, Current Oba of Lagos
Lai Mohammed, Lawyer and Current Minister of Information and Culture.

Femi Gbajabiamila, Lawyer, Lawmaker and current Speaker of Nigeria’s 9th House of Representatives.

Ogbonnaya Onu, First Executive Governor of Abia State.

Bolanle Austen-Peters, Lawyer and Businesswoman.

Omowunmi Sadik, Scientist and Professor
Titilola Obilade, Medical Doctor.

Wande Abimbola, Yoruba Professor.

Wale Adenuga, Publisher and Film producer.

Wole Olanipekun, Lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

Ibrahim Dankwambo, Former Governor of Gombe State.

Omoyele Sowore, Founder, Sahara Reporters.

Gbenga Daniel, Former Governor of Ogun State.

Gabriel Suswam, Former Governor of Benue State.

Babatunde Ogunnaike, Engineering Professor.

Wale Babalakin, Lawyer and Businessman
Ngozi Egbuna, Economist.

Seyi Makinde, Electrical Engineer, Businessman and Current Governor of Oyo State.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu , Businessman and Current Governor of Lagos State.

Funke Akindele, Award winning Actress and Producer.

Genevieve Nnaji, Award winning Actress, Director and Producer.

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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