Are you getting confused on which of the following universities is best? Are you in disarray on the difference between UI and OAU? In this article,I will be exposing to you which is best between both. Well, before we proceed let’s get the difference between UI and OAU.

What is UI?

The University of Ibadan (UI) is a public research university in Ibadan, Nigeria. The university was founded in 1948 as University College Ibadan, one of many colleges within the University of London.

What is OAU?

Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) is a federal government-owned university like UI that is located in the ancient city of Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.The university was founded in 1961 and classes commenced in October 1962 as the “University of Ife” by the regional government of Western Nigeria, which was led by Samuel Ladoke Akintola.

Is UI better than OAU?


Now that you’ve understood meaning of UI and OAU with their differences, let’s head straight to the content of this article telling which is better between UI and OAU. It’s best if you don’t rush, just take your time and go through each part of this article. Primarily, I will compare and contrast between both Universities with the following points.

Table of Contents

Incase you don’t know, Just like Davido and Olamide, Obafemi Awolowo university and University of Ibandan is the most compared universities in Nigeria.

Often time, UI And OAU undergraduates engage in supremacy battle over their institutions. OAU students are often at the forefront of such argument, shouting GREAT IFE to announce and amplify the greatness of their school.

The Self Acclaimed Oba Awon University (Kings of all university) students usually push the narrative that their school is the best with Academic Excellence, they also claim to have the most beautiful campus in Africa, extravagant social life and a very strong alumni association.

Obafemi Awolowo University has produced so many great people including Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Jimoh Ibrahim, Dele Momodu, Lagbaja, Olusegun Mimiko, Chinko Ekun and lot more.

University of Ibadan (UI) was the first university to be established in Nigeria. Originally an affiliated College of the University of London, it was granted full independent status in 1962.

Without doubt, 40% of the current Nigeria universities VCs had their 1st degree in UI and they also have the highest number of professor in Nigeria. But their social life can never be compared to that of OAU students.

UI has produced many notable individuals who have contributed significantly to the political, industrial, economic and cultural development of Nigeria, including Late Bola Ige, Dr Sid, Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello, the writer Wole Soyinka, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986, and Chinua Achebe whose novel Things Fall Apart is the most widely read book in contemporary African literature.

How do you see those points? Quite convincing right? Well let’s head to the first on our table of content which is University ranking.



Obafemi Awolowo University Rankings
Obafemi Awolowo University is ranked #1088 in Best Global Universities.


University of Ibadan Rankings
University of Ibadan is ranked #349 in Best Global Universities.

Can you see that UI is taking the lead now in ranking? Now lets move to the second on the table of content which is ASUU strike.


There are NO Federal Universities in Nigeria that is not under ASUU as of now, all Federal Universities are under ASUU. Both OAU and UI are both federal universities and they are both under the umbrella of asuu.


Federal Universities have large student bodies, students from different parts of the country with different backgrounds and religious beliefs are enrolled. This allows intakes to learn the lifestyle, behavior and values of different people. More or less Students in Federal Universities become street smart and can adapt in almost any part of the country. Both UI and OAU are federal universities which makes them equal in the aspect of admission style.


UI offeres a total of 97 courses while OAU offers a total of 96 courses which makes UI take the lead. This brings us to the end of this article.


Now that you have understood the difference between OAU and UI ,it’s now left for you to choose following the criterias we discussed on. Try to compare and contract applying wisdom.


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