In this post, we look at the most popular courses from the most populous country in Africa. Explore our list of Nigeria’s top 25 online courses and develop your skills and knowledge.
Nigeria has the seventh-largest population in the world and the opportunity for online learning is huge and has become an increasingly popular choice of education for many.
From those looking to boost their professional development to others looking to grow their knowledge in a particular subject area, online learning presents a safe and accessible means of developing your skills.
To help you find a course that suits your needs, we’ve put together a list of Nigeria’s 25 most popular online courses.
1. COVID-19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus
The COVID-19 pandemic is a huge global challenge and cases in Nigeria are sadly still increasing. Understanding the origins of the virus, how it’s spread amongst people and cities, and what measures we can use to limit the spread of the virus in the future is vital.
This course, from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, explores all of these issues and more, and is one of our most popular courses, across all countries.
2. Ideas for a Better World: Leading Change Through Policymaking
Global policy has the ability to make the world a better place, so understanding how policymaking works is a valuable skill, both personally and professionally. On this course, you’ll learn the fundamentals of policy and who is responsible for policy change.
You’ll develop your own policy-making skills and also hear from global policymaking experts and learn from their experiences.
3. COVID-19: Diagnostics and Testing
As many countries around the world, including Nigeria, still battle to control the COVID-19 pandemic, the role of diagnostics has been shown to be increasingly important in outbreak control.
On this course, you’ll discover the most up-to-date recommendations on the different COVID-19 diagnosis and testing strategies, and how countries around the world are reacting and evolving to meet the healthcare challenges of the pandemic.
4. Understanding IELTS
IELTS is the world’s most popular English language assessment for higher education and tests the four core language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening).
IELTS tests are available in 11 locations in Nigeria: Lagos, Ilorin, Akure, Abeokuta, Enugu, Kano, Abuja, Benin City, Calabar, Port Harcourt and Ibadan. This program explores how the IELTS works and what you’ll need to do in order to achieve success in the assessment.
5. How To Teach Online: Providing Continuity for Students
As the fight against COVID-19 continues, and schools in Nigeria remain closed, it’s important that teachers possess the skills needed to teach online and continue providing support to their students.
This course, from FutureLearn, will supply you with the skills required to do this, and take an in-depth look at the differences between face-to-face and online teaching and the impact both have on students.
6. Understanding IELTS: Writing
The IELTS Writing test is one part of the full IELTS qualification, and consists of a 60 minute exam, with two separate written tasks. In Task One, you’ll be working on graphs and charts, and in Task Two you’ll be focused on an academic essay.
This course, from the British Council, will look in detail at the exam requirements and what you need to demonstrate to the examiner in order to be successful.
7. Introduction to Business Management
Business management requires many different skills and you’ll be developing them throughout your professional life and career. This course is designed to introduce you to some of these key business management skills, from fundamental financial concepts like profit and cash flow to managing people and the role that businesses play in society. You’ll also consider your own management style and compare it with others.
8. Exploring English: Language and Culture
The English language is everywhere, from popular culture and politics to teaching and healthcare. Nigerian English, as it’s known, is widely used in many environments in the country. This course is designed to provide a background in the English language and its country of origin, Great Britain.
You’ll learn about British culture, take a journey through the British countryside and watch videos of day-to-day life in Britain. You’ll improve both your knowledge of the English language and of Great Britain as a country.
9. Understanding IELTS: Reading
This course focuses on the reading section of the IELTS exam. You’ll discover more about the format of the IELTS Reading test and explore the skills and knowledge required to succeed during the assessment.
You’ll discover the different types of tasks that form the IELTS Reading test, from multiple choice to true, false, and not given.
10. Communication and Interpersonal Skills at Work
Communication and interpersonal skills are vital in the workplace. If you’re able to converse effectively with others, listening as well as speaking clearly and politely, then you’ll be productive at work.
On this course, you’ll learn how to consider your own communication style and whether there are any areas that can be worked on. You’ll also learn the importance of matching your communication style to specific work situations or projects.
11. Digital Skills: Digital Marketing
The digital marketing industry in Nigeria is growing fast and incredibly competitive. You can supercharge your digital marketing skills with this course from Accenture.
You’ll discover everything you need to get started on a career in the sector, from display and pay per click advertising to search engine optimisation (SEO) and email marketing. You’ll also learn how to integrate all of these techniques into a powerful digital marketing approach.
12. Introduction to Nursing: The Role of Nurses Around the World
Nigeria is ranked 7th among 57 countries classified as facing a critical shortage of health workers. Thankfully, work is already underway to recruit more nurses in the country, which makes nursing skills highly valuable.
On this course, designed for those who are hoping to study in nursing or healthcare, you’ll examine the role of nurses around the world. You’ll also discover the principles of nursing and learn how nurses can help people and communities care for themselves.
13. An Introduction to Screenwriting
According to PwC, the Nigerian film industry is recognised as the second-largest film producer in the world, with a total of 2,500 films made every year.
All good films need a good script, and this is where this course from the University of East Anglia comes in. You’ll learn the basics of good screenwriting and how to apply them in order to write your own screenplay.
14. Health Systems Strengthening
Now, more than ever, healthcare systems are under pressure because of the COVID-19 pandemic. On this course, developed in association with UNICEF, you’ll look at how complex healthcare systems work, and discuss issues like health policy, health financing, human resources, supply chain management, quality of care and private sector engagement.
This course would suit middle and high-level health professionals.
15. The Sharia and Islamic Law: An Introduction
Nigeria has the largest Muslim population in West Africa, so developing your understanding of the role that Sharia and Islamic law have played in Muslim lives around the world, both historically and today, is valuable.
On this course, designed for anyone interested in learning more about the Sharia, you’ll learn about the nature of religious law, discuss primary sources ranging from prominent poets to Islamic leaders, and assess the impact of colonialism on the Muslim world.
16. Contract Management and Procurement: An Introduction
Contract management is a vital part of the construction process, as it allows all parties to know their rights and obligations. On this course, you’ll learn the principles of contract law and discover the roles of the contract administrator and project manager in a construction contract.
This course, from Coventry University, will be valuable to anyone looking to build their understanding of contract management in construction.
17. Managing COVID-19 in Primary Care
The COVID-19 pandemic has put a huge strain on healthcare systems in Nigeria and around the world. This course, from St George’s University of London, considers all of the factors associated with pandemic. You’ll explore the background of COVID-19, learn when to suspect infection in primary care, and how to manage patients who have contracted the virus alongside those who haven’t.
If you’re a front-line healthcare professional in Nigeria, and you’re responsible for patients in the current COVID-19 pandemic, then this course is designed for you.
18. Basic First Aid: How to Be an Everyday Hero
Basic first aid saves countless lives across Nigeria, every single day. This 2-week course is designed to introduce you to the basic concepts of first aid, so you can recognise an emergency and how to respond to it.
You’ll discover how to help someone who’s choking, or has passed out and may not be breathing, as well how to manage someone bleeding profusely. This course is for anyone interested in learning first aid, you don’t need any previous medical experience.
19. COVID-19 Critical Care: Understanding and Application
Unfortunately, no matter how many precautions are taken, there’s no way to totally prevent people from contracting COVID-19. Therefore, it’s vital that healthcare professionals understand how to treat COVID-19 patients in critical care, whilst keeping themselves safe at the same time.
On this course, you’ll learn critical care techniques for patients with and without COVID-19, as well as learning about the required PPE equipment and practices.
20. An Introduction to Coding and Design
Programming in Nigeria has taken off over the last decade, and job growth in the sector is expected to continue to rise. This course will give you an understanding of the basic coding languages, and you’ll learn to use the technologies that power your favourite websites and apps.
You’ll also discover the fundamentals of user experience (UX) and why it’s crucial to effective programming.
21. HR Fundamentals
All major businesses need to have a strong and fully functioning human resources (HR) department.
This course from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK), will give you a better understanding of why HR is vital to the successful running of businesses, and introduce you to some of the key principles, like workforce planning, employee recruitment, and employee retention.
22. Managing Mental Health and Stress
For many, the COVID-19 pandemic has meant increased stress and pressure, as our home and workplace routines are disrupted and we have to adapt to new situations. It’s important, during these times, that we focus on our mental health just as much as our physical health.
This course will explore the factors that contribute to poor mental health and what you can do to combat them.
23. Start Writing Fiction
Whether you’re writing fiction just for fun or you’re hoping to land that big book deal, this could be the perfect course for you. It doesn’t require any previous experience of writing fiction, and you’ll learn how established writers have penned their masterpieces, from their daily routines to writing habits.
Start your journey to successful fiction writing today!
24. Understanding Fashion: From Business to Culture
It’s estimated that the Nigerian fashion market is worth in excess of $4.7billion so it’s no surprise that this course is a popular choice.
It features exclusive input from leading figures from the world of fashion, including designers such as Simon Porte Jacquemus, Christelle Kocher, Paul Smith, and CEOs at Chanel, YSL and Hermès. You’ll also discover the history of fashion and why it’s such a powerful cultural force.
25. Introduction to Cyber Security
As our lives are increasingly dependent on digital technology, the importance of staying safe online also increases. This course, which does not require any previous cyber security knowledge, explores the basics of online security and the steps you can take to protect yourself online.
You’ll learn about concepts such as malware, viruses, trojans and identity theft, and how to make sure you are not a victim of them.