Nigeria has an extensive higher education community. As of 2016, the community is composed of 82 public universities and 61 private universities, 59 public polytechnics and 22 private polytechnics and 82 Colleges of Education.
Statistics provided by Higher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa shows that one-third of all university students in sub-Saharan Africa are in Nigeria. Nigeria also has the highest number of students in sub-Saharan Africa pursuing graduate courses in different parts of the world.
Despite the large higher education environment, no popular medium provides a valuable source of news, information, and sharing of ideas for academics and administrators in the higher education. What exists are insignificant sections in the mainstream media devoted to reporting few events in the higher education sector by journalists, or campus-based magazines focusing only on social activities on the campuses managed by unprofessional students targeting their fellow students.
The Nigerian Academia aims to fill the vacuum. It follows the approaches of popular scholarly higher education magazines popular in the advanced countries, with the aim of representing the academic media outlet that will inform and educate the higher education community in Nigeria.
Thus, The Nigerian Academia engages in the following activities:
- report and investigate events that concern the Nigerian higher education;
- report front-line research by Nigerian and Nigerianist scholars both home and abroad;
- provide information on grants, scholarship, study and job opportunities for academics;
- provide information on relevant international and local journal publications for academics;
- create a platform for intellectual debates for scholars on issues relating to the Nigerian higher education;
- create an avenue for scholars and administrators to build useful research networks;
- celebrate the academic excellence and achievements of Nigerian academics both home and abroad.
Hakeem ONAPAJO is a Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Zululand, South Africa. He has taught Political Science and International Relations modules at the International and Public Affairs Cluster of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He completed his Master’s degree in Political Science at the International Islamic University Malaysia, and Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the Lagos State University. He researches in the areas of religion and politics, conflict and terrorism, elections and democratization and Africa’s international relations, for which he has published books and articles in renowned journals. He is a member of the editorial board of African Journal of Peace and Human Security. He has also consulted for the Nigerian government on the amnesty policy introduced for the Niger Delta.
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