Nigeria

Social Work Training Institutions (43)

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  • Universities
  • Ebonyi State University-Abakaliki
  • Lagos State University, Lagos
  • Nnamdi Azikwe University, Awka, Anambra State
  • University of Calabar, Calabar, Cross River State
  • University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State
  • University of Benin, Benin-City, Edo State
  • University of Jos, Jos, Plateau State
  • University of Lagos, Lagos State
  • University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State
  • University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri, Borno State
  • Bayero University Kano, Kano State
  • Delta State University, Abraka
  • University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom
  • Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu
  • University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State
  • Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti
  • Kogi State University, Lokoja
  • Nassarawa State University, Lafia
  • Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Edo State
  • Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, Oyo State
  • Babcock University, Ilisha Remo, Ogun State
  • Federal University, Lafia
  • Polytechnics and related institutions
  • Jigawa State Polytechnic, Dutse
  • Kano State Polytechnic, Kano
  • Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna State
  • Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin
  • Sokoto State Polytechnic, Sokoto
  • Ramat Polytechnic, Maiduguri, Borno State
  • Plateau State Polytechnic, Jos
  • Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State
  • Federal Polytechnic. Offa
  • Federal Polytechnic, Mubi. Adamawa State
  • Federal School of Social Work, Emene. Enugu State
  • Shehu Idris College of Health Science and Technology, Makargi, Kaduna State
  • College of Administrative and Business Studies, Potiskum, Yobe State
  • Social Development Institute, Ningi, Bauchi State
  • Social Development Institute, Kumo, Gombe State
  • Social Development Institute, Katsina, Katsina State
  • Adamawa State Polytechnic, Numan
  • Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State
  • Federal Polytechnic, Damaturu, Yobe State
  • Niger State Polytechnic, Zungeru, Bida Campus
  • Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic, Katsina State

Information from website of Nigeria Association of Social Workers

History of Social Services and Social Work

Colonisation: The arrival of ‘people without toes’, or white colonialists in Nigeria in the 1890s disrupted many facets of life. As Chinua Achebe wrote in his historic novel, things fell apart (Achebe, 1958, Things Fall Apart). The first white Christian missionaries, among them Brown and Smith, did so many new things paving way for full scale colonization. They denounced people’s ways of life, killed, brought alcohol, brought a new religion, introduced a new educational syllabus, promoted laziness, sowed hostility, broke families and broke cohesion. This led to creation of a new government system and a new legal system. The white people, although they were considered outsiders or lepers, ended up with power to make laws, imprison and hang. They came to dominate, uninvited. “It said (the Oracle), other white men were on their way. They were locusts, it said, and that first man was their harbinger sent to explore the terrain. So, they killed him”, p. 116. This story of the first white men in an Ibo village shows that they were strongly resisted but used religion to divide, weaken and conquer. At that time the Ibo had stories of white men who took people across the sea into slavery. “We have heard stories of about white men who made the powerful guns and the strong drinks and took slaves away across the seas, but no one thought the stories were true”, p117. The white men came a few months later and killed everyone at the market in retaliation. Ironically, they had come among the Ibo to start a new religion, Christianity. A conversation between two Ibo men, Obierika and Okonkwo showed clearly the shortcomings of white people. Okonkwo asked:

“Does the white man understand our custom about land?”

Obierika replied, “How can he when he does not even speak our tongue? But he says that our customs are bad; and our own brothers who have taken up his religion also say that our customs are bad. How do you think we can fight when our own brothers have turned against us? The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart” (Achebe, p.176 ).

Literature like Chinua Achebe’ novel, rarely used in African social work, offers powerful insider perspectives of Africans when they first had contacts with whites, and clearly show the insertion of colonization.

Rapid urbanization would bring about social problems which would have to be dealt with by trained social service workers (Irele, 2011). The first workers were expatriates like a Mr Faulkner.  

Later, Nigerian philantropists started providing social services. One of them was Mother Obasa who started an orphanage for girls (Irele, 2011). At this time, services were also provided by Salvation Army and the Roman Catholic Church missionaries.


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