Discursive Construction of Higher Education Institutional Academic Identities in Nigeria


  • Mohammed Ademilokun Obafemi Awolowo University
  • Rotimi Taiwo Obafemi Awolowo University




identity, higher education, university, branding, marketization


There is an increase in brand marketing on the websites of universities in a bid to present the kind of identities that will best promote them. This study examines the identities universities project to market their brands within the context of consumer culture of the contemporary higher educational setting. Data for the study were obtained from the websites of 24 public and private universities in Nigeria and were analysed based on Fairclough’s (2015) dialectical relational theory and Roper and Parker’s (2006) insights on branding. The findings reveal seven kinds of identity: professional, national, transnational, humanist, Afrocentric, ethnic and religious. These identities range from the ideal to narrow-interest ones. The study concludes that identity construction in any university should aim primarily at advancing knowledge and producing total graduates who would be able to adapt and survive in any part of the world and contribute meaningfully to societal development.


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How to Cite

Ademilokun, M., & Taiwo, R. (2023). Discursive Construction of Higher Education Institutional Academic Identities in Nigeria. ELOPE: English Language Overseas Perspectives and Enquiries, 20(1), 15–39. https://doi.org/10.4312/elope.20.1.15-39