• Solomon Amadasun University of Benin, Benin-City, Edo-State, Nigeria, Nigeria




social work, university academics, Nigeria, professionalization, social protection.


Since its inception, the social work profession has always been concerned regarding how it is viewed by the public. The outcomes of such perceptions are fundamental in not only building the confidence levels of social work professionals but also influencing their effectiveness in service delivery. This is especially the case if such views are from highly respected and accomplished members of society. The focus of this study is to share the reflections of Nigerian university academics about the social work profession. Semi-structured interview schedule based on one-on-one interviews was conducted among senior academics in one major university in southern Nigeria. Findings, following the qualitative data analysis, reveal that, although the social work profession is considered as peculiar with promising prospects, social workers have two major challenges to grapple with if they are to attain any significant degree of relevance in the country. Suggestions necessary for surmounting these challenges are offered to social work professionals, as well as to the Nigerian political leadership.

Author Biography

Solomon Amadasun, University of Benin, Benin-City, Edo-State, Nigeria

Professor, Department of Social Work


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