Popular Nigerians Who Are Babcock University Notable Alumni

Babcock University is one of the most priced colleges in Nigeria. It is likewise appraised as the second best private university after Covenant University, following its development and phenomenal management. The prestigious university is owned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nigeria. The college, which is renowned for producing reputable men and women in society, has also produced some of Nigeria’s top celebrities, one of whom is A-list artist Davido.

Brief History of Babcock University

Babcock University was established in 1959 by Seventh-day Adventist Church. Upon its establishment, it went by Adventist College of West Africa. Its name was later changed in 1975 to Adventist Seminary of West Africa before its current name. It was named after David C. Babcock, an American missionary and pioneer of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. The University got its accreditation from the Nigerian University Commission in 1999.

The school’s main campus is located at Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria, while its mini campus is located at Iperu, Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria. The school, which accommodates over twenty thousand (20,000) students, has eight faculties, a college of health and medical sciences, and a school of postgraduates studies. 

As the second most expensive private university in the nation, Babcock University’s school fees range from #122,349 to #1,977,200. The different choices in courses of study come with different prices of school fees.

Notable Celebrities who are Babcock University Alumni

As aforementioned, Babcock University has produced several prominent personalities in Nigeria. While some of these personalities have become incredibly successful in the Nigerian entertainment industry, others are also successful in other works of life. Below are some of the most notable Babcock University alumni in no particular order.

1. Yewande Adekoya

  • Age: 41 Years Old
  • Year of Entry/Graduation: unknown
  • Course of Study: Mass Communication
  • Career: Actress
  • Other Schools Attended: Bright Star Nursery and Primary School, Bright Star Comprehensive High School.

Yewande Adekoya is one of the top Yoruba entertainers who has demonstrated her talent in the Nigerian entertainment industry. Yewande Adekoya is a remarkable actress, filmmaker, and producer, born in Lagos State on January 20, 1984. An indigene of Ososa-Ijebu in Ogun State, Adekoya attended Bright Star Nursery and Primary School before being enrolled at Bright Star Comprehensive High School. After completing her secondary education, she applied and got admitted to study Mass Communication at Babcock University.

After successfully completing her course at the university, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication. However, Yewande is one of the many Nigerian celebrities who are not practicing what they studied at higher institutions. She found her way into the movie industry in 2002, and in 2006, she scripted and produced her first content titled “Life Secret.”

As an actress, she has received notable accolades such as:

  • 2014 City People Entertainment Awards for Best New Actress.
  • 2014 Yoruba Movie Academy Awards for Most Promising Actress.
  • Most Promising Act Award at the 2014 Yoruba Heritage Awards (United States) 
  • 2016 ACIA Best Actress in a leading role.

2. Minz 

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  • Age: 32 Years Old
  • Year of Entry/Graduation: unknown
  • Course of Study: International Law Diplomacy
  • Career: Singer
  • Other Schools Attended: unknown

Dami Aminu, popularly known by his stage name Minz, is a Nigerian singer and producer, born and raised in Lagos State, Nigeria. Growing up, his family moved around a lot but still within Lagos State. However, he spent most of his childhood years in Surulere and Ajah. Upon completing his primary and secondary school educations, he then went on to attend the renowned Babcock University. He graduated from Babcock University with a degree in International Law and Diplomacy.

Minz has switched from what he studied in school to what he has always had the ambition to do, from studying International Law Diplomacy to making music, and he is doing quite well for himself. Although he is still fresh in the music industry and yet to bag a notable award, he has released a couple of albums/Eps, including Back 2 Back, Almost Done, and Positive Streams.

3. Priscilla Ojo 

  • Age: 23 Years Old
  • Year of Entry/Graduation: 2017/2021
  • Course of Study: Theatre Arts
  • Career: Actress, Model, Entrepreneur
  • Other Schools Attended: unknown

Priscilla Ajoke Ojo is a famous Nollywood actress, model, and businesswoman. In Lagos, she was born on March 13, 2001, to the renowned Nollywood actress and filmmaker Iyabo Ojo. Priscilla is a native of Ijebu in Ogun State but was raised in Lagos. It was also in Lagos that she received her primary and secondary school education. She then went on to study at  Babcock University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts, graduating in 2021.

Priscilla is one of Babcock University alumni who are making a career of what they studied in school. She’s still young in the acting business, and hopefully, as time goes by, she would become as successful as her mother in the business.

4. Olumide Oworu 

  • Age: 29 Years Old
  • Year of Entry/Graduation: unknown
  • Course of Study: Unknown
  • Career: Actor, Model, Rapper
  • Other Schools Attended: King’s College, University of Lagos

Nigerian actor, model, and rapper Olumide Oworu was born on the 11th of December 1994. After graduating from King’s College, Lagos, he briefly attended the University of Lagos before moving to Babcock University, where he finally graduated in June 2017. Olumide started his acting career at the age of six with the television series Everyday People. Today, he is most notable for his television roles as Tari in the Africa Magic series The Johnsons and as Weki in MTV’s Shuga.

His industrious career has earned him top awards, including

  • 2014 Scream Awards for Nollywood Revelation of the Year.
  • 2014 Ping Awards for The Most Promising Youth Actor.
  • 2015 Best of Nollywood Awards for Most Promising Actor.
  • 2016 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards for Best Supporting Actor.

5. Chioma Rowland 

  • Age: 29 Years Old
  • Year of Entry/Graduation: Unknown
  • Course of Study: Economics
  • Career: Chef
  • Other Schools Attended: unknown

Chioma Avril Rowland, better known as Chef-Chi, is a Nigerian online media personality, proficient culinary specialist, and ex-fiancé to singer Davido. She was born on May 1, 1995, in Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria. Chioma was born into a family that attends Seventh-day Adventists Church. After completing her primary and secondary education, Chioma enrolled at Babcock University, a school established by the church her family attends. She studied Economics at Babcock, and it was there that she met and began a relationship with Davido.

Chioma had to put her education on hold to concentrate on her relation with Davido, but after their engagement fallout, she is considering going back to complete her schooling. Back in Babcock, she studied Economics, which has almost nothing to do with Chioma being a professional Chef. Her career as a chef is going, and it makes her fans wonder if she would be going back to school to study something related to her present career or opt to finish up as an Economist.

6. Alex Usifo 

  • Age: 71 Years Old
  • Year of Entry/Graduation: 2016
  • Course of Study: Information Resources Management
  • Career: Actor
  • Other Schools Attended: St. John Bosco’s Grammar School, Ubiaja, Ambrose-Ali University, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology

Among the Babcock University alumni on this list, actor Alex Usifo has the highest educational qualification. The veteran Nigerian actor was born April 16, 1953, in Lagos State. He has been one of the spines for the development of Nollywood in the country. Besides his acting profession, Alex is also a film director and a businessman.

Alex Usifo completed his primary education in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. Just after the civil war ended, his family moved to Edo State, where he attended St. John Bosco’s Grammar School, Ubiaja, Edo State. He acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Ambrose-Ali University, Edo State, and earned his Master’s degree from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology. It was at Babcock that Alex Usifo did his Ph.D. program in Information Resources Management.

Everywhere he saw himself, Alex Usifo always tries to make a mark. As one of the Babcock University Alumni, Osifo was elected president of the outgoing Post Graduate students. He graduated from Babcock, earning his Ph.D. in 2016. After spending several decades acting, the actor has a long list of accolades, and none of these achievements has he earned due to any of the courses he studied while earning his degrees. All of the awards Osifo has earned have come from his career as an actor.

7. Beverly Osu 

  • Age: 31 Years Old
  • Year of Entry/Graduation: unknown
  • Course of Study: Mass Communication
  • Career: Actress, Model, Video Vixen
  • Other Schools Attended: Daughters of Divine Love Convent, National Open University of Nigeria.

Beverly Osu is a Nigerian actress, model, video vixen, and former reality TV star. She first gained fame when she participated as a housemate in Big Brother Africa season 8th. Born on September 27, 1992, in Lagos State, Nigeria, Beverly Osu is originally from Delta State. Her family moved to Enugu when she was very young, and it was here that she received her basic education. She attended Daughters of Divine Love Convent in Enugu State.

Afterward, she applied and started attending Babcock University, where she was studying Mass Communication. Along the line, she dropped out of Babcock University and went on to complete her first degree at the National Open University of Nigeria. She totally diverted from what she studied in school into being an entertainer and has awards such as the 2011 Dynamix Awards for Nigerian Top Video Vixen and the award for Model of the Year.

8. Davido

  • Age: 31 Years Old
  • Year of Entry/Graduation: 2011/2015
  • Course of Study: Music
  • Career: Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer
  • Other Schools Attended: British International School, Oakwood University.

He was born David Adedeji Adeleke, but he is prominently known as Davido. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 21, 1992, to Adedeji Adeleke and late Mrs. Vero Adeleke. A singer, songwriter, and music producer, Davido graduated from the British International School located in Lagos, after which he was enrolled in Oakwood University in Alabama to study business administration. He later dropped out of Oakwood University to pursue a career in music. Upon his return to Nigeria in 2011, he started attending Babcock University.

His father paid the University management to set up a music department just for his son, and in 2015, the music star joined the list of Babcock university alumni after graduating with a degree in Music. Studying Music only helped him get better in the career path he will choose for himself, even though his father wanted him to go into business. The highly talented singer’s achievements are massive, having been active for just over a decade.

9. Adenike Akinsemolu

  • Age: Nil
  • Year of Entry/Graduation: Nil
  • Course of Study: Environmental Microbiology
  • Career: Environmental Microbiologist
  • Other Schools Attended: Federal University of Technology, Obafemi Awolowo University.

If you’ve heard of Green Campus Initiative, you must be aware of its founder Adenike Akinsemolu. A Babcock Unversity alumni who have attained success in her career and has successfully impacted her society, the Ondo State-born is an environmental sustainability advocate, educator, author, and social entrepreneur. She completed her Master’s degree from the prestigious Babcock University before proceeding to the Federal University of Technology, and Obafemi Awolowo University for her Ph.D. and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education, respectively.

Adenike’s work and enthusiasm for youth and the environment have taken her to the most notable countries in the world. To make environmentalism a part of the everyday experience of Nigerians, Adenike started the Green Campus Initiative. The initiative began at the Adeyemi College Campus, a college of Obafemi Awolowo University, where she is a lecturer. This Babcock Unversity alumnus is currently known as the Senior Fellow of Environment and Sustainable Development at the Institute for Oil, Gas, Energy, Environment, and Sustainable Development at Afe Babalola University, Nigeria.

Adenike wrote a book titled The Principles of Green and Sustainability Science (2020). The book, which offers feasible solutions for the problems besetting our society, especially the environment and unemployment, is recognized as the first sustainability text to deal exclusively with sustainability issues in Africa. Adenike is also known as the founder of the Girl Prize, which provides financial and mentorship support for young Nigerian secondary school girls with an interest in the sciences.

10. Debo Ogundoyin

  • Age: 37 Years Old
  • Year of Entry/Graduation: Nil
  • Course of Study: Agronomy
  • Career: Agronomist
  • Other Schools Attended: Unknown

Debo Ogundoyin is a Nigerian politician and speaker of the Ninth Oyo State House of Assembly. He is also a member representing the Ibarapa East constituency under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP. Doyin is a Babcock University alumni, having graduated from the university with a degree in Agronomy. He is also one of the youngest Speakers of the House Of Assembly in Nigeria after winning in the 2019 general election.

Recap of Notable Personalities Who Are Babcock University Alumni
  1. Yewande Adekoya
  2. Minz (Dami Aminu)
  3. Priscilla Ajoke Ojo
  4. Olumide Oworu
  5. Chioma Rowland
  6. Alex Usifo
  7. Beverly Osu
  8. Davido (David Adedeji Adeleke)
  9. Adenike Akinsemolu
  10. Debo Ogundoyin


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