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Sunday, 12 February 2017

EFIWE ARTICLES: 7 Things You May Not Know About The Premier University, University Of Ibadan | MUST READ!

There are a lot of things you may know about the Premier University, University Of Ibadan and there are lots of things you may not know. We bring to you, 7 Things You may not know about the University Of Ibadan as complied by 

1. University of Ibadan Started as Yaba College, Lagos

The University of Ibadan has her origins in Yaba College (now YabaTech), founded in 1932 in Yaba, Lagos. The Yaba College is the first tertiary educational institute in Nigeria. Yaba College was transferred to Ibadan in 1948 that was when it became the University College of Ibadan. 

This is the name some of our fathers and grandfathers still call the University of Ibadan till today.

2.  UI is the only University founded before Nigeria’s Independence

The University of Ibadan, founded in 1948, is the oldest university in Nigeria and the only institution founded before the country became independent in 1960. 

The University of Ibadan is a federally-
controlled public university located in Ibadan, Oyo State.

Other big and popular Universities such as
University of Lagos (1962), Ahmadu Bello
University, Zaria (1962), University of Benin (1970), 
University of Port Harcourt (1975), were only established after independence.

Now you know, the only true University founded in Nigeria before 1960 is the University of Ibadan.

3. UI was founded on its own site in 1948
The University of Ibadan was founded on its own site on 17 November 1948. In late 1963, on the university playing-fields, the Rt. Hon. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, first Prime Minister of independent Nigeria, became the first Chancellor of its independent university. 

In that year, all remaining ties with the University of London were severed.

On November 17, 1948. Arthur Creech Jones, then the British Secretary of State for the Colonies, led the inauguration ceremony of the institution. 

The university was originally created as an extension of the University of London and was called University College, Ibadan.

4. The first Indigenous Vice chancellor of UI was Kenneth Dike

The first Nigerian vice chancellor of the university was Kenneth Dike, after whom the University of Ibadan’s library is named. 

He is the first indigenous VC of the University. Kenneth Onwika Dike (17
December 1917 – 26 October 1983) was a Nigerian historian. He was a native of Awka, in the then eastern Nigeria.

During the Nigerian civil war, he moved to Harvard University, Boston.

He was a founder of the Ibadan School that
dominated the writing of the History of Nigeria until the 1970s. He is credited with “having played the leading role in creating a generation of African historians who could interpret their own history without being influenced by Eurocentric approaches.

5. Designs of halls of residence are not identical

Did you know that the designs of the halls of residence in the University of Ibadan are not identical? And, just so you know, this is deliberate.

Mellanby, Tedder, Kuti, Sultan Bello and Queen Elizabeth II halls – were designed by Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew. 

Messrs Watkins Gray and Partners designed Alexander Brown Hall as a part of the overall design of the University College Hospital

Independence and Nnamdi Azikiwe Halls,
were designed by Messrs Design Group (Nigeria)Ltd. Obafemi Awolowo Hall was designed by Allied Group of Architects, while Tafawa Balewa and Idia
Halls were designed by Messrs Aderele-Omisore- Adebanjo Associates.

The Federal Ministry of Works designed the
Abdusalami Abubakar Hall.

6. These notable Nigerians attended University of Ibadan

Did you know that the following notable Nigerians and Politicians are alumni of the University of Ibadan? You will probably know some of them attended UI but other inclusions may come to you as surprises. 

Here is a short list of some people
you might not know attended UI.

1. Chinua Achebe, author of Things Fall Apart

2. Emeka Anyaoku, former Commonwealth

3. Michael Omolewa, former President of
UNESCO General Conference and
Ambassador of Nigeria to UNESCO

4. Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State

5. J. P. Clark, Nigerian poet and playwright

6. Wole Soyinka, winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature

7. Grace Alele-Williams, first Nigerian woman to become the head (vice-chancellor) of a Nigerian university, the University of Benin

8. William Kumuyi, Founder and General
Superintendent of Deeper Christian Life

9. Ken Saro-Wiwa, Nigerian writer, television producer and environmental activist

10. Farida Mzamber Waziri, Former Executive Chairperson of the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

7. University of Ibadan has no catchment area

UI is one of the Federal universities with no
catchment areas. Other Universites with no
catchment areas are the 3 federal agriculture universities (Federal University of Agriculture,
Abeokuta; Federal University Agriculture Makurdi; Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Umuahia, Abia State), University of Abuja
(UNIABUJA), University of Port-Harcourt
(UNIPORT), Federal University of Petroleum
Resources (FUPRE).

The catchment area of UI is the whole of Nigeria. In this regard, UI is bringing candidates from all parts of Nigeria to write the examination.

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