History Of Nnamdi Azikiwe University

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Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, also known as UNIZIK or NAU, is a federal university in Nigeria. It consists of two campuses in the state of Anambra. Its main campus is in Awka (capital of the state of Anambra), while its other campus is in Nnewi. There are also other campuses of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. These include Agulu in the Aniocha Local Government Area and Ifite-Ogwuari in the Ayamelum Local Government Area in the state of Anambra. This allows Nnamdi Azikiwe University to operate in all three senatorial districts of Anambra State, Nigeria having Awka Campus, in Anambra Central Senate District, Nnewi in North Anambra Senate District and Ifite-Ogwuari in Senate District North Anambra, respectively. These facilities have libraries and information services to serve students, academic and non-academic staff. It is one of the federal universities overseen and accredited by the National University Commission. The university is named after the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe. The university academic staff is part of the Association of Academic Staff of Universities (ASUU). The employee union is known for providing scholarships to needy students, as well as other philanthropists. It has a total population of about 34,000 students.

Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Badge of Nnamdi Azikiwe University.png
Former names
Motto Discipline, Self Reliance and Excellence
Type Public
Established 1991
Chancellor Da Jacob Gyang Buba (Gbong Gwong Jos)
Vice-Chancellor Charles Esimone (from 4 June 2019)



6.242889°N 7.118289°ECoordinates: 6.242889°N 7.118289°E

Campus Urban
Colours Blue and orange   
Nickname Unizik, NAU
Affiliations AAU, IAU
Website www.unizik.edu.ng


Nnamdi Azikiwe University was born as an offshoot of the now defunct Anambra State University of Technology (ASUTECH). ASUTECH was established under Law No. 7 of 30 July 1980 by the former Anambra government, operating as a multi-campus university, with campuses in Abakiliki, Enugu, Awka and Nnewi. In 1991, following the split of the former State of Anambra into the States of Anambra and Enugu, the Awka and Nnewi Campuses of the former ASUTECH were consolidated into the University of Nnamdi Azikiwe by Anambra State Ordinance No. 5 of 26 November 1991. Nnamdi Azikiwe University was obtained by the Federal Government through Decree No. 34 of 15 July 1992.

In 1991, after the separation of the former Anambra State into Anambra and Enugu State, the Awka and Nnewi campuses of the former Anambra State University of Technology (ASUTECH) were merged into Nnamdi Azikiwe University, which was later taken over by the federal government. . . The university is named after Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first president of Nigeria. The Awka Campus became Nnamdi Azikiwe University. In 1992, the Federal Government of Nigeria took over Anambra State University. Nnamdi Azikiwe University thus became a federal university


The main campus of the university is located along Onitsha – Enugu Expressway, Awka, while the second campus is at Nnewi (NAUTH and Okofia) and the third campus is at Agulu (Faculty of Pharmacy).

Faculties and population

The university has a population of 24,706 for the regular students and 12,476 students for the part-time programme’ students during the 2004/2005 academic year.

UNIZIK has a total of 14 faculties and 57 departments. The university has the following faculties:
1. Faculty of Agriculture: 3000 students
2. Faculty of Arts: 3000 students
3. Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences: 2000 students
4. Faculty of Biosciences
5. Faculty of Education: 5000 students
6. Faculty of Engineering: 4000 students
7. Faculty of Environmental Sciences
8. Faculty of Health Sciences and Technology
9. Faculty of Law: 2000 students
10. Faculty of Management Sciences
11. Faculty of Medicine
12. Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
13. Faculty of Physical Sciences
14. Faculty of Social Sciences: 3000 students

Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)

ASUU is the umbrella that houses all the academic staff of government universities in Nigeria. It has an influence on the higher education system in Nigeria. However, the Academic Union of Universities (ASUU) Unizik Chapter has impacted the lives of impoverished students by ensuring that these students do not drop out. In the academic year 2019/2020, 30 poor students from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State were selected from different faculties in the university. They were granted a scholarship of N1.5 million by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at this institution. Each beneficiary receives 50,000 Naira each to help keep them in the institute. The ASUU NAU branch was relaunched in 2012. Professor Ike Odimegwu served as the first president of the ASUU NAU branch after its inauguration in 2012.


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