The Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA) is a body that organises University level sports in Nigeria. Bi-annually, the body hosts a inter-university sports competition called the University Games (the NUGA games)
The Nigeria University Games Association (NUGA) was formed by the 5 Universities which existed in Nigeria in 1965. The Universities included:
- University of Ibadan, Ibadan
- University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile-Ife
- University of Lagos, Akoka
- University of Nigeria, Nsukka
- Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
The first edition of the NUGA games were held at the University of Ibadan in 1966. NUGA approves fifteen different sporting events at the University Games: Track and field, Badminton, Basketball, Chess, Cricket, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Soccer, Squash, Swimming, Table tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, volleyball.
The association is domiciled in the Nigeria Committee of Vice-Chancellors office and controlled by the NUGA Council. The major objectives of the association include:
- - Promotion of friendship through participation in sporting activities among University students in Nigeria.
- - Development of Sports facilities in Nigerian Universities.
- - Enhancing the development of Sports in Nigeria through contribution of elite athletes from University Sports competitions to the national teams.
NUGA became a member of World Federation of University Games (FISU) in 1970. Late Major Taiwo Ogunjobi of the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) made history by becoming the first Nigerian undergraduate to win a medal (bronze 400m hurdles) at the FISU Games, in Rome in 1975.
NUGA was also a founding member of the All Africa University Games Association (FASU) which was formed in 1974, with African Universities grouped together along national identities across the entire continent.
The first FASU Games took place in Accra, Ghana, between December 1974 and January 1975 while the 2nd FASU Games were held in December 1978 at Nairobi, Kenya. The NUGA games which is held every two years, holds the pride of place among competitions for tertiary institutions where budding sportsmen and women in Nigeria get exposure with many identified and guided into the international sporting arena.
The 23rd NUGA games was held at the University of Benin in 2011 and the 24th edition is scheduled to take place here at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.