University education as a learning organization started in Europe in the eleventh century, and one of the first universities in Africa was the one in Timbuktu. Fafunwa (1971) has indicated that the 1945 reports of the Commission on Higher Education in the colonies have shown that since the world wars, Nigerians have always demonstrated an insuppressible desire for higher education because it was seen as an important weapon against the colonial masters in the quest for emancipation and national development. As early as 1944 therefore, there were already about 10 Nigerians who were studying in Sierra Leone at the Fourah Bay College of the University of Durham, about the same time educational historians have reported that there were as many as 150 Nigerians studying for various first degrees in the United Kingdom.
"Implications And Challenges Of Nigerian Universities As Learning Organizations,"
Academic Leadership Journal: Vol. 7
, Article 12.
Available at: http://scholars.fhsu.edu/alj/vol7/iss3/12