UNITED NIGERIA: Did You Know That The First Vice-Chancellor Of The University of Lagos (UNILAG) Was An Igbo?


Focus on Unity and Peace!

The call for a united entity called NIGERIA started from the beginning by our forebears and the call for it’s unity and progress is what NIGERIANS will sustain.

Though the governance may not be favourable but citizens are expected to toe the line of peace and be guided accordingly.

In LAGOS for instance, an Igbo tribe was the first vice chancellor of Lagos state university likewise other tribes that clinched positions of authority at Different regions of the country.

9News Nigeria will be bringing to our readers history line that will unite than divide NIGERIA.

In this episode, our focus is on First VC of University of Lagos Nigeria, Eni NJOKU.

University of Lagos UNILAG
University of Lagos UNILAG

Eni Njoku (6 November 1917 – 22 December 1974) was a Nigerian botanist and educator. He was the vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos (1962–65) and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (1966-1970).

Eni Njoku is of Igbo origin, He was born on November 6, 1917 in Ebem, Ohafia, Abia State. He was educated at Ebem Primary School and attended the Hope Waddell Training Institute, Calabar from 1933 to 1936. He attended the Yaba Higher School (now Yaba College of Technology) Lagos from 1937 to 1939 to acclaim a tertiary education certificate.

The First Vice-Chancellor Of The University of Lagos (UNILAG) Was An Igbo, Eni NJOKU
The First Vice-Chancellor Of The University of Lagos (UNILAG) Was An Igbo, Eni NJOKU

Eni Njoku studied botany at the University of Manchester in England. He graduated with a first-class honors degree in 1947 and obtained his M.A. degree the following year. In 1954, he obtained his doctorate from the University of London.

When he returned to Nigeria, Eni Njoku took up a teaching appointment at the University of Ibadan as a lecturer. Later he became a senior lecturer and then professor. He was head of the department of botany, and Dean of the faculty of science. He was chairman of the Electricity Corporation of Nigeria in 1956.

In 1962, he became the first vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos. Following a major crisis in 1965 over his re-appointment, he resigned and became a visiting professor at Michigan State University, United States.

In 1966, Njoku was appointed vice-chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he remained until the outbreak of the civil war in 1967.

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