Nexford University Nigeria Graduation 2022

On September 10 2022, NXU graduates celebrated their hard work in Lagos. See what they got up to!


See how our graduates celebrated in Nigeria with Nexford


See the exclusive week of events we planned for our graduates and learners to celebrate their success. Browse photo albums to see if there's anyone you recognise.

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Graduation ceremony

Get a glimpse of what was in store for our graduates in Nigeria as they celebrated their post-academic journey as proud NXU Graduates.

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NXU Grad After Party

See what happens when the hardest workers let their hair down to party.

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Graduation ceremony

Our graduates celebrated their success in style with a red carpet event at Lagos' luxurious Oriental Hotel follwed by a graduate procession led by the Chief Academic Officer.

During the formal ceremony, words of wisdom and congratulations were shared by the event's guest speakers Dr. Joe Abah, Adetayo Bamiduro, Abubakar Suleiman and Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu acting as MC.

The Nexford 2022 graduates give insights into their learning experience on the Red Carpet

Each one of our 2022 Nigeria graduates had great things to say about their learning experience at Nexford.

See and hear all about it in this series of candid interviews held on the red carpet before the ceremony began.

A celebration of the Nexford 2022 graduation in Nigeria

They came. They Learned. They graduated.

Now whilst the curtain has been drawn on the glittering ceremony, the networking, and the celebrating, the memories will live on long after the event itself. This is a snapshot in time and one for the Nexford history books.

Hoping that we will see you at the Nigeria graduation ceremony in 2023.

Meet our speakers

  • Chief Executive Officer

    Fadl Al Tarzi

    Chief Executive Officer

    Fadl founded Nexford University in 2018, with a vision to enable greater social and economic mobility through high-quality, affordable education. His vision stemmed from having built four startups employing over 500 people across 10 emerging markets. Throughout his entrepreneurial journey he witnessed how lack of access to affordable, high-quality education impacts societies across the world.

    Fadl became an entrepreneur at 18, and has accumulated 17 years’ experience founding digital marketing and SaaS startups, leading award winning digital engagement and digital transformation projects. Cumulatively, his startups have raised over $15 million in growth capital and employ more than 500 people globally. Under News Group International, he launched and grew SOCIALEYEZ from two to more than 120 people globally. He has worked with Fortune 500s, global consumer brands such as Starbucks, and governments in the US, Europe and MENA regions. Fadl has lived in Cairo, Paris, Washington DC, Dubai and London. He holds a BBA from the American University in Cairo and management degrees from George Washington and Middlesex Universities.

  • Chief Academic Officer

    Dr. Cathy Plunkett

    Chief Academic Officer

    Dr. Cathy Plunkett serves as Nexford’s Chief Academic Officer. She has more than three decades of experience in education, starting as a teacher and principal in K-12 and moving to post-secondary education over 15 years ago.

    Dr. Plunkett has had leadership positions in both the academic and business sides of an institution, serving as a Campus Director, Regional Director, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Director of Regulatory Compliance. The knowledge and experience gained in all of these positions provide solid platform to provide support and guidance to all all departments of the university to ensure compliance with accreditation and state licensing standards. She is passionate about learning and providing students with a positive educational environment for them to meet their educational goals and ultimately succeed in their chosen career.

  • Country Director, DAI

    Dr. Joe Abah

    Country Director, DAI

    Dr Joe Abah is an experienced International Development professional with a demonstrated history of working in difficult institutional environments.

    Skilled in Governance Reform, Institutional Change, Business Development, Organizational Performance, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Economic Development, and Political Economy. Strong professional with theoretical grounding as a postgraduate lecturer. Background in Law and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused on Governance from Maastricht University.

  • Chairperson, Fix Politics

    Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili

    Chairperson, Fix Politics

    Obiageli ‘Oby’ Ezekwesili is a former Vice President of the World Bank for Africa, a former Nigerian Education Minister and co-founder of Transparency International.

    A chartered accountant by profession, ‘Oby’ Ezekwesili first served the Nigerian government as Head of the Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligence Unit, where she led reforms to public procurement. She was appointed Minister of Solid Minerals in 2005 and chaired the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. In 2006 she became Minister of Education, until taking up her World Bank post in 2007. Prior to working for the Government of Nigeria, Dr Ezekwesili was at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. Having co-founded the anti-corruption organisation Transparency International, she directed its work in Africa. She is also a Senior Economic Advisor to Open Society, which aims to build vibrant and tolerant societies with democratically accountable governments. Dr Ezekwesili holds a Master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos, and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by the University of Agriculture in Abeokuta in 2012.

  • CEO and Cofounder of MAX

    Adetayo Bamiduro

    CEO and Cofounder of MAX

    Adetayo is a mobility-technology pioneer, social entrepreneur and co-founder at MAX, a platform which provides Africans access to income-generating vehicle subscriptions and zero emission vehicles. He seeks to build labor justice, provide sustainable living wages, and fight unemployment throughout Africa by enabling commercial drivers to finance their own motorcycles, tuk-tuks, cars and minibuses.

    Adetayo is a TED Fellow, Endeavor Entrepreneur, Techstars Founder, MIT Alum, Harambe Entrepreneur, Harambe Gold Award Recipient, Alibaba eFounder Fellow, MIT Legatum Fellow, and Mastercard Foundation Fellow at MIT (2014). Before co-founding MAX, Adetayo built a career in software engineering, product management, and management consulting at UACN, PwC, Dalberg, Konga, and NLNG - a Shell subsidiary operating in Africa.

    Adetayo cofounded MAX to deliver financial inclusion and sustainable economic growth in Africa’s underfunded transportation sector. With better access to credit, mobility entrepreneurs can leverage improved earnings to attain wealth through increased productivity. In developing countries, lack of access to finance is pervasive due to highly informal and opaque markets. In an increasingly urbanized world, strong barriers to formalization and access to capital persist.

    Powered by innovation, technology, and eco-friendly infrastructure, MAX makes safer, cleaner vehicles affordable and accessible to independent commercial mobility entrepreneurs to enable them achieve economic independence and prosperity.

  • CEO, Sterling Bank Plc Nigeria

    Abubakar Suleiman

    CEO, Sterling Bank Plc Nigeria

    Abubakar Suleiman is a Nigerian banking and economics professional and the current Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Bank, a leading nationally licensed commercial bank in Nigeria.

    Abu holds a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Abuja and M.Sc. in Major Programmes Management from the University of Oxford. Abu is an alumnus of Arthur Andersen (KPMG Nigeria), Wharton School and INSEAD Business School in addition to executive education from Harvard and Saïd Business Schools.

The Venue

Our graduates joined us to celebrate their success on September 10 at the Grand Ballroom of the Lagos Oriental Hotel.

The spacious venue was the perfect location to celebrate their hard work, reflect on skills mastered, network with fellow NXU Graduates and guests, and let their hair down to party!

The most exclusive party in Lagos this year, the Nexford University Nigeria Graduation 2022 after party!

Nexford graduates and their guests had exclusive access to the party and dinner of the year; the NXU Party with Chivas! Featuring guest artiste, Teni, MC Ebuka and others.

MC and Guest Artiste

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu is a Nigerian lawyer and media personality from Nigeria.

He is known for hosting the reality show Big Brother Naija, the long running Rubbin' Minds talk show on Channels TV as well as co-hosting The Spot and Men's Corner on Ebonylife television.



Teniola Apata popularly called Teni is an award winning Nigerian singer-songwriter and entertainer.

She's popularly known for her socially conscious songs and She is a lover of education. Teni won Rookie of the Year at the 2018 Headies Awards, and Most Promising Act to Watch at the 2018 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.

NXU & Chivas

NXU & Chivas

The NXU Party with Chivas!

Sticking with an old favorite or looking for your new favorite drink, there’s a world of cocktails to explore at the NXU Party with Chivas. From classic cocktails to refreshing highballs, whatever your taste, there’s a Chivas cocktail for you. Sip. Party. Have fun. #NXU&Chivas


From September 5 to 9, our graduates had the opportunity to show their metal in several exclusive activities before the main ceremony.

Not only were there fun competitions and activities for all, but our graduates also got to meet, network and work with fellow Nexford's crop of future leaders.


Chess competition: Monday, Sept. 5

Chess competition: Monday, Sept. 5

Partnering with Chess in Slums we gave our grads a chance to show off their skills and face off against opponents in a series of chess matches.

Business case competition: Wednesday, Sept. 7

Business case competition: Wednesday, Sept. 7

Our Business case competition, judged by an expert panel, awarded three lucky winners $1,500 seed funding for their business.

Novelty football match (BBA vs MBA: Friday, Sept. 9

Novelty football match (BBA vs MBA: Friday, Sept. 9

Our BBA and MBA alums and learners went head-to-head to showcase their fantastic football skills in the match of the year.

Grow your career

To connect our graduates with great job opportunities, we partnered with recruiters and career experts to host exclusive recruitment/CV drop stations for Nexford graduates.

Our grads met top recruiters and career experts from Fuzu, Alan & Grant and Afrisplash Remotely for career tips and one-on one consultations to grow their careers

Browse the Nexford class of 2022 Yearbook!

See Nexford's class of 2022 BBA AND MBA grads in the Class of 2022 Yearbook. Are there any faces you recognise?