Nigeria is known to have produced a lot of outstanding academicians across various fields of studies. Many are gone, now, but some are still very much alive. Here we give you a list of the first and pioneers professors.  

1. First Nigerian Professor of History ~ Prof Kenneth Dike (From Awka, Anambra).

2. First Nigerian Professor of Philosophy ~ Prof Olubi Sodipo (From Ilishan-Remo, Ogun state).

3. First Nigerian Professor of Linguistic ~ Prof Ayo Bamgbose (From Ogun State).

4. First Nigerian Professor of French Language ~ Prof Evans.

5. First Nigerian Professor of Arabic language and Islamic studies  ~ Prof M.O.A Abdul (Ijebu Ode, Ogun State).

6. First Nigerian Professor of Yoruba and African Literature ~ Prof Wande Abimbola (From Oyo, Oyo State).

7. First Nigerian Professor of Music ~ Prof. Lazarus Ekwueme (From Oko, Anambra state).

8. First Nigerian Professor of Theatre and Arts ~ Prof Joel Adeyinka Adedeji (Esa Oke, Osun State).

.8. First Nigerian Professor of Theatre and Arts ~ Prof Joel Adeyinka Adedeji (Esa Oke, Osun State).

9. First Professor of Mass Communication in Nigeria ~ Prof Alfred Opubor (Nigerian-Cotonou).

10. First Nigerian Professor of Library and Information Science ~ Prof Mrs Adetoun Ogunsheye.

11. First Nigerian Professor of Education ~ Prof. Aliu Babatunde ‘Babs’  Fafunwa (Isale Eko, Lagos State).

12. First Nigerian Professor of Physical Education ~ Prof. M. Oluwafemi Ajisafe (Ekiti State).

13. First Nigerian Professor of Tests and Measurement ~ Prof. Dibu Ojerinde (Igboho, Oyo State).

14. First Nigerian Professor of Law ~ Prof Teslim Olawale Elias (Lagos State)

15. First Nigerian Professor of Agriculture ~ Prof. Victor Adenuga Oyenuga (Ijebu Ife, Ogun state).

16. First Nigerian Professor of Animal Science ~ Prof. Gabriel. M. Babatunde (Afijio, Oyo State).

17. First Nigeria Professor of Forestry ~ Professor Kolade Adeyoju (Ijan-Ekiti, Ekiti State).

18. First Nigerian professor of clinical pharmacy ~ Prof. Nzebunwa Aguwa (Eke-Nguru, IMO State).

19. First Nigerian Professor of Medicine ~ Prof. Theophilus Ogunlesi (Sagamu, Ogun State).

20. First Nigerian Professor of Nursing ~ Prof (Mrs). Elfrida. O. Adebo (Abeokuta, Ogun State).

21. First Nigerian Professor of Physiotherapy ~ Prof. Vincent C. B. Nwuga (Asaba, Delta State).

22. First Nigerian Professor of Anatomy ~ Prof. Thomas Adesanya Grillo (Lagos State).

23. First Nigerian Professor of Physiology ~ HRH Prof. Joseph Chike Edozien (Asaba, Delta State).

24. First Nigerian Professor of psychiatry ~ Prof. Thomas Adeoye Lambo (Abeokuta, Ogun State).

25. First Nigerian Professor of public health ~ Prof. Oladele Ajose (Lagos state).

26. First Nigerian Professor of Nutrition ~ Prof Babatunde Oguntona.

27. First Nigerian Professor of Paediatrics ~ Prof Olikoye Ransome-Kuti (Abeokuta, Ogun State).

28. First Nigerian Professor of Botany ~ Prof. Eni Njoku (Ohafia, Abia State).

29. First Nigerian Professor of Physics ~ Prof. Muyiwa Awe (Esie, Kwara State).

30. First Nigerian Professor of statistics ~ Prof. Nwoue Adichie “Chinamada’s dad (Abba, Anambra).

31. First Nigerian Professor of Mathematics ~ Prof. Chike Obi (Anambra State).

32. First Nigerian Professor of Geology ~ Prof. Mosobolaje O. Oyawoye (Offa, Kwara State).

33. First Nigerian Professor of Computer Science ~ Prof. Olu Longe.

34. First Nigerian Professor of Chemistry ~ Prof. Stephen Oluwole Awokoya (Awa-Ijebu, Ogun state).

35. First Nigerian Professor of Architecture ~ Prof. Ekundayo Adeyemi (Iyin-Ekiti, Ekiti State).

36. First Nigerian Professor of Urban and Regional Planning ~ Prof. Adepoju Onibokun (Iwoye-Ijesha, Osun State).

37. First Nigerian Professor of Estate Management ~ Prof. John. A. Umeh (Nnobi, Anambra State).

38. First Nigerian Professor of Accounting ~ Prof. Micheal A. Adeyemo (Irun-Akoko, Ondo State)

39. First Nigerian Professor of Marketing ~ Prof. Julius Onuorah Onah (Orba, Enugu State).

40. First Nigerian Professor of Insurance ~ Prof. Joseph. O. Irukwu (Eteem, Abia State).

41. First Nigerian Professor of Chemical Engineering ~ Prof. Sikiru A. Sanni (Ibadan, Oyo State).

42. First Nigerian Professor of Industrial Engineering ~ Prof. David. E. Osifo (Benin-city, Edo State).

43. First Nigerian Professor of Civil Engineering ~ Prof. Ifedayo O. Oladapo (Ondo, Ondo State).

44. First Nigerian Professor of Petroleum Engineering ~ Prof. Gabriel Kayode Falade

45. First Nigerian Professor of Mining Engineering ~ Prof. Zacheus Opafunso (Ede, Osun State).

46. First Nigerian Professor of Public Health Engineering ~ Prof. Paul Aibinuola Oluwande.

47. First Nigerian Professor of Geography ~ Prof. Akin Mobogunje (Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State)

48. First Nigerian Professor of Psychology ~ Prof. Dennis Ugwuegbu (Orlu, Imo State).


FEMALE FIRSTS: First Female Academicians ~ Aim of collecting this is to promote girl child Education.

1. First Nigerian Female Professor ever ~ Prof. (Mrs) Felicia Adetoun Ogunsheye.

2. First Nigerian Female Professor of Law ~ Prof (Mrs) Jadesola Olayinka Akande.

3. First Nigerian Female Professor of History ~ Prof. (Mrs) Bolanle Awe.

4. First Nigerian Female Professor of Pharmacy ~ Prof. (Mrs) Babalola Chinedum Peace.

5. First Nigerian Female Professor of Psychiatry ~ Prof. (Mrs) Olayinka Omigbodun.

6. First Nigerian Female Professor of Mass Communication ~ Prof. (Mrs) Chinyere Stella Okunna.

7. First Female Physics Professor in Africa ~ Prof. (Mrs) Deborah Ajakaye.

8. First Female Professor of Chemistry in Nigeria ~ Prof. (Mrs) Modupe Ogunlesi.

9. First Nigerian Female Professor of Quantity Surveying in Africa ~ Prof Olubola Babalola.

10. First female Nigerian Professor of Accounting ~ Prof. Jane Ande.

11. First Female professor of physiotherapy in Africa ~ Prof. Arinola O. Sanya.

12. First Female Professor of Computer Science ~ Prof Adenike Osofisan.

13. First female professor of Chemical Engineering in Nigeria ~Professor (Mrs) P.K. Igbokwe

14. First Nigerian Female Professor of Mathematics Education ~ Prof. (Mrs). Grace Allele-Williams.

15. First Female Professor of Animal Breeding & Genetics in Nigeria~Prof. Adebambo Ayoka.O. Ayoka-Olufunmilayo

16. First Female Professor of Yoruba Studies in the world ~ Prof. (Mrs). Omotayo Olutoye

17. First Female Professor of Agriculture in Nigeria and First Female Professor of Agricultural Economics in Africa ~ Professor (Mrs) Tomilayo O. Adekanye.

18. First Nigerian Female Professor of Urban and Regional Planning ~ Prof. (Mrs). Ogbazi Joy Ukamaka.


Cover Picture: Professor Kenneth Dike Next: Professor Aliu Babs Fafunwa Next: Professor Grace Alele-Williams

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