The West African University Games (French: Jeux Universitaires Ouest Africains), also known as the ECOWAS Students Games, is a multi-sport event between student-athletes from West African universities.[1] The competition was first held in 1965 in Ibadan, Nigeria, and has been held on a roughly once ever four to six years since 1989.[2]

The idea for the competition emerged from a conference of West African universities in 1964 in Ibadan.[3]

The last edition to be held was the 14th at the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria, lasting from 31 October to 12 November 2018.[4] The 13th edition of the games in 2012 involved 1,443 athletes from 56 West African Universities (6 non-competing) from 5 West African nations. A total of 13 Olympic sports were contested.[5]


Games Year Host country Host city Dates Sports Nations Competitors Universities Medal table winner
I 1965 Nigeria Ibadan[6]
II 1967 Ghana Legon (Accra)[6]
III 1969 Sierra Leone Freetown[6]
IV 1971 Nigeria Lagos[6]
V 1973 Ghana Kumasi[6]
VI 1975 Nigeria Ifẹ[6]
VII 1977 Ivory Coast Yamoussoukro[6]
VIII 1989 Burkina Faso Ouagadougou[6]
IX 1995 Nigeria Benin City[6]
X 1999 Benin Cotonou[6]
XI 2003 Burkina Faso Ouagadougou[3]
XII 2008 Ghana Accra[3]
XIII 2012 Nigeria Ilorin[5] 27 March – 7 April
XIV 2018 Nigeria Port Harcourt[4] 31 October – 12 November
XV 2023 Nigeria Ife[7] 16 December - 22 December



See also



  1. ^ Akpodonor, Gowon (2018-10-10). We’ll rule athletics, swimming, Uniport boasts ahead 2018 WAUG Games. The Guardian Nigeria. Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  2. ^ West African University Games. GBR Athletics. Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  3. ^ a b c WAUG Ends In Accra. Modern Ghana (2008-04-01). Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  4. ^ a b West African University Games start off in Nigeria. FISU (2018-10-31). Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  5. ^ a b 13th West Africa University Games successfully hosted in Nigeria. FISU (2012-05-15). Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Bell, Daniel (2003). Encyclopedia of International Games. McFarland and Company, Inc. Publishers, Jefferson, North Carolina. ISBN 0-7864-1026-4.
  7. ^ Cite error: The named reference Ile-Ife was invoked but never defined (see the help page).