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The study investigated the awareness and use of Big Data management systems by lecturers in universities in Rivers State. The population comprised of lecturers in Three (3) public universities in Rivers State namely; University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State University and Ignatius Ajuru University of education. A structured online questionnaire was used to gather the data. 152 online responses were received, but 144 were useful for the analysis. The data was analysed using frequency of the simple percentages and mean scores. The result shows that lecturers are not aware of big data management system tools; however, they understand the benefits and know what it can be used for. The factors influencing the use of Big Data management systems were shortage of manpower, availability of technology among others. It was therefore, recommended among others that information technology leaders of universities should ideally demonstrate the importance and use of Big Data management system in their information technology strategic plans to address the need for big data management skills among lecturers in Rivers State Universities.