Cursory: These are the top 9 ethnic groups in Nigeria with the highest percentage of tertiary institution graduates.
Have you ever wondered which ethnic groups in Nigeria have the highest proportion of graduates at the tertiary level? Well, wonder no more!
According to a Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS), carried out by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), we now have the answer.
The report reveals the top ethnic groups in Nigeria with the highest percentage of tertiary institution graduates.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the top 9 ethnic groups with the highest level of education in Nigeria.
For men, the Yoruba ethnic group takes the lead with 29.2% of its population having attained tertiary education. The Edo and Igbo ethnic groups follow closely with 28.7% and 26.1%, respectively. Other ethnic groups on the list include Ijaw, Tiv, Kanuri, Ibibio, Hausa, and Fulani.
For women, the Edo ethnic group takes the lead with 27.9% of its population having attained tertiary education. The Igbo and Yoruba ethnic groups follow closely with 27% and 22.3%, respectively. Other ethnic groups on the list include Ibibio, Ijaw, Tiv, Kanuri, Hausa, and Fulani.
See the detailed list below:
Higher Education by ethnic groups in Nigeria: MEN
- Yoruba — 29.2%
- Edo — 28.7%
- Igbo — 26.1%
- Ijaw — 20%
- Tiv — 19.9%
- Kanuri — 16.3%
- Ibibio — 16.3%
- Hausa — 14.3%
- Fulani — 9.8%
Higher Education by ethnic groups in Nigeria: WOMEN
- Edo — 27.9%
- Igbo — 27%
- Yoruba — 22.3%
- Ibibio — 18.3%
- Ijaw — 12.8%
- Tiv — 12.7%
- Kanuri — 7.7%
- Hausa — 5%
- Fulani — 3.6%
It’s worth noting that the above data is from 2021, the latest as of the time of updating this page, so it’s possible that the rankings have shifted since then. Nonetheless, the report provides a fascinating insight into the educational landscape of Nigeria and the different ethnic groups that make up the country.
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