In Today’s article, we have decided to give you the updated list of the top 20 most educated states in Nigeria currently in 2020.
Necessary research has been appropriately done before publishing this article, and it was written with honesty in mind.
Education is the key and defines almost everything in this life; the level of education in Nigeria differs in each state.
Nigeria is the 124th best country in education in the world and 25th in Africa, just in case you don’t know.
The northern part of the country is the least most educated region in Nigeria at the time of writing this article.
Do you want to know which state is educated in Nigeria? Without wasting your precious time, let’s dive into the subject matter.
Top 20 Most Educated States in Nigeria (2020)
These states on this list were ranked according to; the literacy rate, which is calculated by this formula. The population of Literate People in the State/Total Population of the State x 100%.
1) Imo State
Literacy Rate: 96.0%
With a majority of 98% Igbo people, Imo State is the leading state in our list due to their high literacy rate and availability of a sound education system.
- Some of The Educational Institutions in Imo State are but not limited to:
- Eastern Palm University, Ogboko, Ideato.
- Imo State University.
- Alvan Ikoku College of Education.
- Federal University of Technology, Owerri.
- Technological Skills Acquisition Institute, Orlu.
- Federal Polytechnic, Nekede.
- Hezekiah University.
2) Osun State
Literacy Rate: 80.0%
More than 20 higher educational institutions are located in Osun State, showing you a glance over how educated they are there.
Some of Osun State’s Educational Institutions are but not limited to:
- Adeyemi College of Education.
- Obafemi Awolowo University.
- Bowen University.
- Osun State Polytechnic, Iree.
- Igbajo Polytechnic.
- Osun State University.
- Adeleke University, Ede.
- Southern Nigeria Institute of Innovative Technology.
- Osun State College of Education.
- Redeemers University.
- Fountain University.
- Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke.
- Assanusiyah College of Education.
3) Anambra State
Literacy Rate: 75.1%
Seventeen higher education institutions in Anambra State are fully accredited.
Some of the Tertiary Education institutions in Anambra State include but is not limited to:
- Anambra State University.
- ONIT College of Education.
- Federal Polytechnic, Oko.
- Madonna University.
- Nnamdi Azikwe University.
- Anambra State College of Health Technology.
- Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli.
- Pope John Major Seminary.
4) Ekiti State
Literacy Rate: 74.7%
Located in the Southwestern region of Nigeria, Ekiti State is popularly known to have produced the highest number of professors in Nigeria.
Some of The Learning Institutions in Ekiti State are but not limited to:
- Ekiti State University.
- The Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti
- Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti.
- College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti.
- Federal University of Oye-Ekiti.
5) Abia State
Literacy Rate: 73.0%
Being one of the most populated areas in Nigeria, Abia State has a good literacy percentage and bags the No. 5 position.
Some of The Educational Institutions in Abia State are but not limited to:
- Abia State University, Uturu.
- Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike.
- Gregory University, Uturu.
- College of Health Sciences, Aba.
- College of Education, Arochukwu.
- The Abia State Polytechnic, Aba.
6) Rivers State
Literacy Rate: 72.5%
The 26th largest state with quite a good number of learned people, Rivers State, made it to be one of the most educated states in Nigeria.
Some of The Educational Institute in Rivers State are but not limited to:
- Rivers State University.
- University of Port Harcourt.
- Ignatius Ajuru College of Education.
- Rivers State Polytechnic, Bori.
- Offshore Technology Institute.
- Rivers State College of Education.
- Captain Elechi Amadi Polytechnic.
7) Akwa Ibom State
Literacy Rate: 70.7%
Located in the Southern Coastal part of Nigeria, Akwa Ibom state takes the 7th position in the list of the most educated state in Nigeria.
Some of The Tertiary Educational Institutions in Akwa Ibom State are but not limited to:
- Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic.
- Obong University.
- Ibom Metropolitan Polytechnic.
- University of Uyo.
- Uyo City Polytechnic.
- Akwa Ibom State College of Education.
8) Kaduna State
Literacy Rate: 70.35%
Kaduna state has more than 20 tertiary educational institutions. In just four years, Kaduna state government has spent over 140 billion Naira on the education sector only.
Some of The Educational Institutions in Kaduna State are but not limited to:
- Kaduna State University.
- Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna.
- Federal College of Education, Zaria.
- Kaduna Polytechnic.
- Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
- Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic.
- Shehu Idris College of Health Sciences and Technology.
9) Enugu State
Literacy Rate: 66.5%
An educational as well as a governmental and industrial center, Enugu is home to a branch campus of the University of Nigeria.
Some of The Learning Institutions in Enugu State are but not limited to:
- ATCOI College of Education, Enugu.
- Enugu State University of Science and Technology.
- Caritas University.
- Enugu State College of Education.
- Godfrey Okoye University.
- University of Nigeria Nsukka.
- Osisatech Polytechnic.
- Renaissance University.
10) Ondo State
Literacy Rate: 66.3%
If probably this list was the top 10 most educated states in Nigeria, then Ondo state will be the last and not the least of them.
Some of The Educational Institute in Ondo State are but not limited to:
- Elizade University, ilaramokin
- Federal University of Technology Akure
- Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko
- Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa
- Achievers University, Owo
- Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo
- Adeyemi University of Education, Ondo
- Wesley University Ondo
- National Open University of Nigeria Oke Aro road Akure
- University of Medical Sciences, Ondo
11) Delta State
Literacy Rate: 65.7%
Located in the South South of Nigeria, Delta State seats at the 11th position in our list of the most educated states located in Nigeria.
Some of The Educational Institutions in Delta State are but not limited to:
- Delta State University.
- Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun.
- Delta State Polytechnic.
- Federal College of Education Asaba.
- Novena University, Ogume-Amai.
- Edwin Clark University, kiagbodo.
12) Oyo State
Literacy Rate: 62.9%
Popularly recognized for Cocoa House, the first skyscraper in Nigeria, Oyo State is also one of the most educated states you can find in Nigeria.
Some of The Learning Institutions in Oyo State are but not limited to:
- The University of Ibadan, Oyo State.
- Ladoke Akintola University of Technology
- Muritadha College of Education
- Nigeria Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomosho
- Nspire School of Management and Technology
- Ajayi Crowther University
- Al-Ibadan College of Education
- Aquatech College of Agriculture and Technology
- Best Legacy College of Education
- Bolmor Polytechnic
- City Gate Institute of Innovation and Technology
13) Ogun State
Literacy Rate: 62.8%
The Gateway State is known to have the highest number of registered (private) universities and higher institutions in Nigeria. Ogun state is the home of university education in Nigeria.
Some of The Tertiary Educational Institutions in Ogun State are but not limited to:
- Olabisi Onabanjo University
- Tai Solarin University of Education
- Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic
- Adetokunbo University, Sagamu
- Babcock University, Ilisan Remo
- Bells University of Technology, Ota
- Covenant University, Ota
- Crawford University, Igbesa
- Crescent University, Abeokuta
- Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro
- Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
14) Cross River State
Literacy Rate: 62.3%
If you have heard of Unical before, then you will know that Cross River state is full of a good number of learned people.
Some of The Educational Institutions in Cross River State are but not limited to:
- Ibrahim Babangida College of Agriculture.
- Technical College, Ugep.
- The University of Calabar.
- Diamond Polytechnic.
- Cross River State College of Education.
- College of Health Technology, Iboko Okpoma.
- Cross River State University of Technology.
15) Bayelsa State
Literacy Rate: 62.0%
Being the southernmost state in Nigeria and lying between Delta State and Rivers State, Bayelsa State finds herself in this list of the states that are most educated in Nigeria.
Some of The Educational Institutions in Bayelsa State are but not limited to:
- Niger Delta University.
- Isaac Jasper Boro College of Education.
- College of Health Sciences.
- School of Nursing.
- Bayelsa State College of Arts and Science.
- Bayelsa Medical University.
- University of Africa.
- Federal Polytechnic Ekeowe.
16) Federal Capital Territory (Abuja)
Literacy Rate: 61.4%
FCT has quite a number of learning institutions but trusts me; most of the people there are educated.
Some of The Educational Institutions in FCT (Abuja) are but not limited to:
- African University of Science and Technology, Galadimawa.
- Aspire College of Technology.
- Baze University Abuja.
- National Open University of Nigeria.
- Nile University of Nigeria.
- The University of Abuja.
- Veritas University, Abuja.
17) Lagos State
Literacy Rate: 53.2%
In 2018 Lagos state provided free education to over One Million pupils/students in 1,010 primary schools with a population of about 497,318 pupils; 670 Junior and Senior Secondary Schools with a population of about 564,758 students and 5 Technical and Vocational Schools across the state.
Not only that, but the educational development in Lagos is rapidly growing.
Some of The Educational Institutions in Lagos State are but not limited to:
- The University of Lagos.
- Lagos State College of Health Technology.
- Lagos State University.
- Lagos Business School.
- Caleb University.
- Yaba College of Technology.
- Lagos State Polytechnic.
- Pan-African University.
18) Ebonyi State
Literacy Rate: 53.0%
Located in the South-Eastern part of Nigeria and mostly inhabited by Igbo people, Ebonyi state has a fair number of educated and literate people.
Some of The Educational Institutions in Ebonyi State are but not limited to:
- Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki (EBSU).
- Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo.
- Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana.
- Federal College of Agriculture, Ishiagu.
- Ebonyi State College of Education Ikwo (EBSCOEI).
- College of Health Sciences, Ezzamgbo.
19) Kwara State
Literacy Rate: 49.3%
Kwara state is one of Nigeria’s most educated states in 2020 and has over 15 educational institutions.
Some of The Educational Institutions in Kwara State are but not limited to:
- Kwara State University.
- The University of Ilorin.
- Kwara State Polytechnic.
- Federal Polytechnic Offa.
- Landmark University, Omu-Aran.
- Crown Hill University, Eiye N’korin.
- Al-Hikmah University.
- The college of education, Ilorin.
- Kwara State College of education, Oro.
- School of Health technology, Offa.
- Kwara State College of Nursing, Òkè ode.
- College of Nursing, Ilorin
20) Kano State
Literacy Rate: 48.9%
Kano state is the 20th most educated state in Nigeria and the last in this list.
Some of The Educational Institutions in Kano State are but not limited to:
- Bayero University Kano (BUK).
- Kano State University Of Science & Technology (KUST).
- Maitama Sule University, Kano.
- Skyline University Nigeria (SUN).
- Federal College Of Education Kano.
- Federal College Of Education (Technical) Bichi.
- Federal College Of Agricultural Produce Technology, Kano.
- Kano State Polytechnic (KANOPOLY).
Is Ekiti The Most Educated State in Nigeria?
No, Ekiti is not Nigeria’s most educated state in 2020 but is luckily in the top 5.
It is one of the best in this list and may reach the top 3 at anytime soon as it is currently in No. 4.
If you are a native of Ekiti, then you should be proud of your state.
The Most Educated State in Nigeria 2020
As you can see in the list above, Imo state is the most educated state in Nigeria as of 2020. Imo state’s education standard is incomparable; 19 billion Naira was budgeted by the Imo state government only for JAAC [Imo State Universal Basic Education Board] in 2020.
Imo state is located in the South Eastern region of Nigeria and has Owerri as her capital. The state has different tertiary institutions, including universities, polytechnics, college of education, and learning institutes.
The Most Educated State in Northern Nigeria
Northern Nigeria’s most educated state in 2020 is currently Kaduna, and it seats at #8 position on the list.
Kaduna’s education has dramatically improved over the last five years, and with the look of things, it may enter the top 5 in the next 1-3 years.
It is not very surprising to see that Borno State remains the least most educated state both in Northern Nigeria and the Nation as a whole for more than ten years. We all know they are the top victims of one of the top Islamic terrorists in Nigeria [Boko Haram].
May the almighty God deliver them from Boko Haram.
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Written by Myschoolbeam