The Role of Religion in Educational Transformation in Modern Nigeria

South-South Journal of Humanities and international Studies, Vol.2 No.3 June, 2019


  • Aniekan Etim Nana Department of Religious & Cultural Studies Akwa Ibom State University Obio Akpa Campus Author
  • Samuel C Nwankwo Department of Theology  Wesley University, Ondo, Ondo State  Author



Transformation, Education, Religion


This paper emphasises on the role of religion in educational transformation in modern Nigeria. It reflects religion how through it true transformation through religious, true and workable national transformation can be achieved by way of character transformation 
through religious values, tenets and teachings. It also sees education as a key factor in transformation as no meaningful transformation 
can take place in any nation outside the involvement of education which delivers the human capital for his success. Education raises 
people’s productivity and creativity and promotes entrepreneurship and technological advances. Nigeria introduced the 6-3-3-4 system 
of education with the primary focus of meeting the educational needs of its citizenry and equipping the youths with sellable skills that will make them to be self reliant. Today, a new system of education called the universal Basic Education (UBE) otherwise known as the 9-3-4 has been re-introduced, whose curriculum is expected to meet the millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2020. This work 
examines the peace of rural areas in educational development in modern Nigeria. It employs phenomenological approach as it method. It concludes that the rural areas have been neglected in the scheme of things with regards to educational advancement and recommends that there should be a better coverage of the rural areas in educational programme and stress that religion has a vital part 
on transformation in our educational system. 


Download data is not yet available.

Author Biography

  • Samuel C Nwankwo, Department of Theology  Wesley University, Ondo, Ondo State 


Abdul B. B. (2002) Issues in Nigeria Educational System: Journal of Educational Studies, Calabar, 7(3):15-17.

Akama, E. S. (1996). “Religion and Religious Tolerance as Instruments of Nation Building in Contemporary Nigeria” in E.S. Akama (ed.)

Religion in Contemporary Nigeria: Some Topical Issues. Owerri: Springfield Publishers.

Ake, C. (1996). Democracy and Development in Africa. Washington DC: Brookings Institution.

Aluede, R. O. A. (2005). Field Trips Report. Unpublished Reports from Field Trips to Kano, Kaduna Calabar, Yenegoa and Benin City

Dopamu, P. A. (2009). In the Service of Humanity” Being a Farewell Lecture at University of Ilorin, Ilorin. Ilorin: Unilorin Press.

Ekpo, C. G. & Is’haq A. B. (2011). Education: an effective and efficient tool for conflict management. African Journal of Allied Education, vol. 5(1).

Ezewu, E. E. and Gidado, Tahir (Eds) (1997) Ecology and Education in Nigeria. Onitsha: Tabansi Publishers Ltd

Fafunwa, A. B. (1982) History of Education in Nigeria. London: George Alien and Unwin Press.

Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004. National Policy on Education (Revised):Lagos: NERDC.

Furter, P. (1980) Regional Demands and National Unification – a European Perspective Diversity and Unity in Education: A Comparative Analysis.

London: George Allen and Unwin.

Gwamna, J. D. (2010) Religion and Politics in Nigeria. Jos: African Christian Textbooks (ACTS).

Herbert, W. E. (2012) Chairman’s Remarks on the Challenges of Governance: Need for Transformational leadership”, Presented at ANAN National Conference, held at Abuja, October 9.

Heynes, J. (1993) Religion in the Third World Politics. Buckingham and Philadelphia: The Open University Press.

Hornby, A. S. (2000). Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary of Current English. New York: Oxford Press. Isiramen, C. O. et al (eds) (2010) Religion and The Nigerian Nation: Some Topical Issues. Ibadan: En-Joy Press.

Johnston, D. and Sampson, C. (eds) (1994) Religion: The Missing Dimensions of Statecraft. New York: Oxford University Press.

Kogbara, D. (2013) Failure of Northern Elders” of northern-elders/alhajiyusuf (Retrieved June 20, 2009

Mbiti, J. S. (1967) African Religions and Philosophy. England: Heinemann.

Omovo, B. C. (2006) History of 6-3-3-4 System of Education in Nigeria: Daily Sketch, 17th November, 2006.

Prothero, S. (2010) God is not one. New York: Harper Collins Publishers. Soyinka, W. (2009). Between Nation Space and Nationhood” Delivered at the Obafemi Awolowo Centenary Lecture Series in the Guardian, March 5.

Williams, P. (1992). “Religious Groups and the Politics of National Development in Nigeria”, in Studies in Politics and Society.








How to Cite

Nana, A. E., & Nwankwo, S. C. (2024). The Role of Religion in Educational Transformation in Modern Nigeria: South-South Journal of Humanities and international Studies, Vol.2 No.3 June, 2019. Afrischolar Discovery Repository (Annex).

Most read articles by the same author(s)

1 2 > >> 

Similar Articles

11-20 of 62

You may also start an advanced similarity search for this article.