Top 10 Most Educated States in Nigeria

Which states are the most educated states in Nigeria? Educational Development in Nigeria is not spread evenly amongst all the states in Nigeria. Some states have a higher literacy than other states. This may be due to the availability of schools from primary to tertiary levels found in the state.

This might be a result of the differences in socio-economic, political, or religious beliefs that have spread across various parts of the country. For example, in some religions, Western education is considered to have a negative influence on their cause, and this is particularly true in the Northern states.

In this article, we would be taking a look at the topmost Educated Schools in Nigeria

Top 10 Most Educated States in Nigeria


Osun state is a state in southwestern Nigeria with its capital at Osogbo and is blessed with more than five (5) Reputable Universities. It is a state highly populated with Yoruba indigenes. Osun state has a literacy rate of around 88.40% and the schools found in this state are Governments owned or owned by individuals found in the state.

Some of the Universities found includes; Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Bowen University Iwo, Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji, Redeemer’s University Ede and Osun State University. From this, it can be seen that its people are highly invested in the educational enlightenment of its people. 


Delta state is found in the south-south geopolitical zone with its capital at Asaba and is a land not only blessed with oil and Agriculture but also with reliable Tertiary institutions. Delta state has a literacy rate of around 89% and plays host to universities, polytechnics, colleges of Education, secondary schools etc.

They include; Delta State University Abraka, Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun, Novena University Ogume, Nigerian Maritime University Okerenkoko, Admiralty University, etc. 


Akwa-Ibom is a state located in the coastal southern region of Nigeria with its capital at Uyo. Akwa-Ibom is one of the oils producing states found in Nigeria and through investments in the educational sector, it has a literacy rate of around 89.70%.

Akwa-Ibom is also blessed with renowned tertiary institutions which include; University of Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State Polytechnic, Akwa-Ibom State University of Technology Mkpat-Enin, Obong University Obong Ntak, Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron etc.


Enugu state is located in the south-eastern part of Nigeria with its capital at Enugu. It is also home to some of the Notable Tertiary Educational Institutions in Nigeria. It is also host to the first Federal University in Nigeria – The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) which is the second-best university in Nigeria.

It has a literacy rate of around 90%. Other institutions in Enugu state includes Enugu State University of Science and Technology Enugu, Godfrey Okoye University Ugwuomu-Nike Enugu, Coal city university Enugu State, Caritas University, etc.


Ogun state is located in the south-western part of Nigeria sharing a border with Lagos state with its capital at Ibadan. It is one of the states in Nigeria with the highest Literacy level of around 90.60%. Ogun state has produced iconic personalities like President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Ogun state is also home to some of the popular schools in the country which include; Covenant University Ota, Babcock University Ilishan-Remo, Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Bells University of Technology Otta, Crescent University, Hallmark University Ijebi Itele Ogun, etc. 


This is a state in the Niger Delta region of southern Nigeria with its capital at Port Harcourt. They are one of the major producers of Oil and Gas in Nigeria and that helps to give an extra boost in the development of their educational sector.

River’s state has a literacy level of around 92.20% and is host to many well-renowned universities which have produced some of the educated citizens in Nigeria.

Examples of some universities present in River state include; The University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State University, Rhema University Obeama Asa, PAMO University of Medical Science Port Harcourt, etc.


This is an inland state found in southwestern Nigeria with its capital at Ibadan, which is independently the third most populous city in Africa. Oyo state is also at the top when it comes to education, giving them a literacy level of around 94.30 percent.

Oyo state is home to not only the first and oldest university in Nigeria but also the best university in Nigeria showing how immense the quality of education present is. Examples of some universities in Oyo state include; University of Ibadan, Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo State Technical University, Lead City University, Dominion University Ibadan, etc.


Anambra State is located in the southeastern region of the country, with its capital at Awka. The state is well known for producing great men and women who have produced various solutions to diverse challenges in Nigeria. Nnamdi Azikiwe University is one of the state’s most prestigious universities and was also named after the first most educated leader in Nigeria.

The state also has some of the best secondary schools which add to the already vast variety of quality education present in the state. Anambra state has a literacy level of around 95.80% which has helped in producing some of the best entrepreneurs and well-educated individuals.

Examples of schools found in the state include; Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Anambra state university, Madonna University, Federal Polytechnic Oko etc.


Lagos state is found in the southwestern region of Nigeria with its capital at Ikeja and it is said to be the most economically important state in the country making it the most developed state in the country with its literacy level of around 96%.

Lagos state is not lacking education-wise as it has one of the best tertiary and secondary school education, thereby producing credible graduates to service in various companies. The state hosts well known secondary schools like Kings College, Queens College, St. Finbarr’s College etc.

Some notable tertiary institutions include; University of Lagos, Lagos State University, Lagos State Polytechnic, Federal college of technology Yaba etc.


Imo state is located in the southeastern region of the country, with its capital at Owerri. Imo state has the highest number of bachelor’s degree holders and the highest quality of well-available universities. They have a literacy level of around 96.9% when looking at educational advancement.

It is home to the notable school of technologies. The government also has plans of improving the educational sector by commencing the establishment of six new institutions, adding to the already first rated public and private universities.

Examples of notable institutions found in Imo state include Federal University of Technology Owerri, Imo State University, Federal Polytechnic Nekede, University of Agriculture Aboh Mbaise, etc.

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