University Education and the Challenges of Development in African Society


  • Felix O Olatunji Ladoke Akintola University of Technology



The importance of education can never be under-played in any society as it is the most potent weapon left to man in order to transform, change and liberate himself and the society from the slavery of ignorance and backwardness. This is done in order to attain rapid development in all ramifications. The epistemic foundation for the establishment of higher institutions (universities) has been devoted to the production of knowledge and cultural reproduction through the ages. It should be known from the outset that universities are moulded on the foundation and systemic structure of the Western ideologies. But there are salient barriers towards the pursuit of higher education in Africa, which are multi-faceted and multi-dimensional. The thrust of this paper, then, will be to examine the challenges higher education has in Africa, which hinders its process of producing a body of knowledge that will elevate the human conditions and posit it for all-round development. Therefore, the methodology shall be purely analytic in nature.

Author Biography

Felix O Olatunji, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology

Department of General Studies (Philosophy Unit), Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, P. M. B. 4000, Ogbomoso, Nigeria;,




How to Cite

Olatunji, F. O. (2015). University Education and the Challenges of Development in African Society. Tattva Journal of Philosophy, 7(2), 53-64.