The Most Educated State In Nigeria: The Top 10

Even though Nigeria isn’t currently the most educated country in Africa (this position is currently occupied by South Africa), the overall level of education in Nigeria continues to grow. However, some Nigerian states are more educated on average than the rest. Check out the guide to the top 10 educated state in Nigeria!


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10. Ogun State

Ogun State has a literacy level of 78.8%. This respectable percentage was achieved, at least in part, thanks to the highest number of educational institutions in Nigeria. In addition to renowned universities like the Federal University of Agriculture in Abeokuta, there are many private schools, including the Covenant University.

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9. Rivers  State

Cross River State boasts a literacy level of 89%. The state authorities invest a lot of effort into increasing the number of educated people in Rivers State. This state is home to some of the most reputable schools in the region, including the Rivers University of Technology and College of Health Technology.

The most educated state in Nigeria

8. Enugu State

The 89.46% literacy level places the Enugu State in the 8th spot on our list. Enugu State is known for housing the first Nigerian indigenous school – the University of Nigeria Nsukka, although the list of the reputable schools in Enugu state doesn’t stop there.

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7. Edo State

The Edo State has a literacy level of 90.53%. This respectable number is the result of the state’s continuous efforts to promote education and make it more accessible. The most prestigious schools in Edo State include the Igbinedion University Okada, which was the first private university founded in Nigeria.

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6. Osun State

With a literacy level of 90.57%, the Osun State is comfortably placed right in the middle of our list. It is home to the federal Obafemi Awolowo University, as well as a number of well-known state schools and several private universities.

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5. Anambra State

The 92.11% literacy level in the Anambra State has been achieved thanks to the state’s impressive number of high-level secondary schools, including the Bethlehem School and Onitsha High School. The state also has one of the best schools from the metalworking department – the Nnamdi Azikiwe University.

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4. Abia State

Over time, the Abia State managed to achieve a 94.24% literacy rate. This South-Eastern state is home to the Abia State University, the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, and the Abia State Polytechnic, in addition to a number of well-regarded secondary schools.

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3. Cross Rivers State

The 95.76% literacy level helped the Cross Rivers State climb to the third spot in the list of most educated Nigerian states. Its best-known university is the University of Port Harcourt, although the Rivers State University and the Port Harcourt Polytechnic are also praised for their quality of education.

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2. Lagos State

Surprisingly, enough, Nigeria’s busiest and most economically developed state ranked only second on our list with a 96.3% literacy level. The University of Lagos and the Lagos State University are its best-known education institutions, although the Lagos State Polytechnic and Federal College of Education are also widely respected.

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1. Imo State

The 96.43% literacy level makes Imo State the most educated state in Nigeria. The Imo State University, the Imo State Polytechnic, and the Eastern Palm University need no introduction. Plus, in 2018 the state opened six new schools, which further increased the education rate in the state.

The most educated state in Nigeria


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