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Nigerian Academy of Letters

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Nigerian Academy of Letters
Formation17 July 1974; 49 years ago (1974-07-17)
TypeAutonomous learned society
Legal statusA national academy
PurposePromotion of scholarship and research in Humanities
HeadquartersNAL Secretariat
Region served
84 Fellows
Official language
Professor Duro Oni
WebsiteOfficial website

The Nigerian Academy of Letters is a national academy and apex body of arts and literature in Nigeria. It is an autonomous, scholarly and non-political state institution for advancing scholarship and public interest in the humanities at the highest level in Nigeria. The incumbent president of the academy is Professor Duro Oni.[1]

Established in 1974 after recommendation of "Udoji Report of 1974" it is currently governed by executive committee of distinguished professors and promote a limited number of four types of fellows: Foundation Fellows, Regular Fellows, Overseas Fellows and Honorary Fellows on a yearly basis.

There are currently 84 Fellows in the academy; 7 foundation fellows, 51 regular fellows, 12 overseas fellows and 14 honorary fellows.[2]


The academy was established in 1974 after a governmental report Udoji Report of 1974 made a recommendation for the creation of national academies.[3]


There are four types of fellows in the Nigerian Academy of Letters: Foundation Fellows, Regular Fellows (normally resident in Nigeria), Overseas Fellows (resident abroad) and Honorary Fellows.[4] Fellows are appointed for life and every prospective fellow must be nominated by a living Fellow. Self-nomination is forbidden.[4] The Fellowship is given rarely to distinguished professors after a rigorous election exercise. Not more than two candidates from any discipline and not more than four in any one year can be admitted into the academy. Elected Fellows are inducted at an investiture ceremony, which formally confers on them the right to use the postnominal Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters (FNAL).[5]

Foundation Fellows[edit]

Foundation Fellowship is static, non elected body of Nigerian scholars who are the founding members of the academy.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Professor Duro Oni is New President of Nigerian Academy of Letters". University of Lagos. Retrieved 8 August 2022.
  2. ^ "Our Fellows". Nigerian Academy of Letters. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Nigerian Academy Of Letters Holds 15th Annual Convocation". National Institute for Cultural Orientation. 12 August 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Guidelines for the Nomination of Fellows". University of Ilorin. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  5. ^ Olu Obafemi (14 September 2013). "Laurels by the Nigerian Academy of Letters". Daily Trust. Retrieved 13 January 2018.

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