James Hope University, located in Lekki, Lagos, is committed to the highest standards of international education. We aspire to integrate global models of academic excellence to advance the knowledge economy, further innovations and breakthroughs, and rapidly propel the economic and sociocultural lives of humanity. Through strategic partnerships with leading global academic institutions and crucial enablers, JHU is launching its School of Business, one distinguished by academic excellence and cutting-edge formation of future professionals. Funding of JHU is robust. The University is being built by Mr. Jim Ovia, Founder of Zenith Bank, through his nonprofit foundation. The university will pilot its MBA programs in September 2023.


The mission of James Hope University is to educate and inspire men and women to excel in every aspect of life, and to exert lasting positive impacts on the world.


James Hope University aspires to endow generations of graduates with top-notch transformative education, to enable innovations and discoveries, propel the knowledge economy, and shape a better world.

Meet the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is comprised of seasoned individuals who are passionate about education and grooming the next generation of leaders. With their wealth of knowledge and experience, they provide oversight for the governance of the University through strategic decision-making.

Jim Ovia, CFR

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Kay Ovia

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Prof. Leonard Obika

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Prof Chukuka Enwemka

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Meet our Management Team

JHU is managed by the senior leadership team headed by the President/Vice Chancellor. The management team is responsible for the University overall leadership and management of the financial, academic and non-academic affairs of the university

Paul Anthony Vita, Ph.D.


The inaugural Vice-Chancellor/President of James Hope University, responsible for the University’s overall leadership and planning, academic and non-academic programs, among other responsibilities.

Barrister Ikemefule Adiele, Ph.D.


JHU’s Registrar/General Counsel is the executive administrator responsible for managing institutional operations and ensuring compliance with internal and external regulations, policies, procedures, and protocols

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