In June 1961, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) advertised for interested candidates to pursue B.Sc. degree in Physical Education being the first of its kind in Africa south of the Sahara and west of Limopo. In September 1961 fifteen candidates were admitted for the 3-year and 4-year degree programmes as pioneer students of the Department. By 1963 seven students either dropped out of the programme or changed their academic programme. Of the remaining 8 students, three graduated with B.Sc. (Hons.) in Physical Education of the 3-year programme in 1964; the remaining 5 students in the 4-year programme graduated in 1965. All were employed in the various school systems in Nigeria while one was retained by the department as a promising academic.