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Oloruntoba OGUNFOLAJI

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Born on October 26, 1995 to Mr./Mrs. SP Ogunfolaji, master Oloruntoba attended  St. Bernadette Nursery and Primary, Onikolobo, Abeokuta South Local Government Area, Ogun State between 1998 and 2006. After which he attended  Sacred Heart Catholic College, Abeokuta and was the best pupil in his fifth and sixth grade in the school.

He emerged the overall best WAEC candidate in 2013 and was awarded the National Distinction Award.

Other laurels, awards and prizes in his kitty include the 2010 overall best in Junior Secondary School Certificate Examination (obtaining nine As and four Cs), best in JSSCE (NECO) in 2010 (10As and 2Cs), and the 2011 champion in African Gifted Foundation Award in Mathematics.

Ogunfolaji, who represented the South West Zone in Uganda for the outstanding achievement in African Gifted Foundation Mathematics contest in 2012, also participated in the 2013 Robotics Academy competition.

He also clinched the third best position in the Shell Science Award in 2013 as well as the best Yoruba Student Award in WASSCE. The Yoruba Education Resource Centre, Lagos, organised the award.

The youngster is at present studying Medicine and Surgery at the nation’s premier university, the University of Ibadan, Oyo State.


Source: Punch Online

November 29, 2014 |

Olayinka Funmilayo Tope

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Born on April 13, 1997, the Oyo State indigene had her nursery and primary education at Pear Tree International, Abeokuta and her secondary education at Charis International College, Oke-Ata, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

She represented her college at the 2010 Iyaniwura Foundation for Mathematics competition where she emerged first and third at the zonal and state levels respectively and came tops at the zonal level of the NNPC science competition in 2012.

She was also the best student at the 2013 Shell Science Competition in Ogun State. Olayinka has already gained admission to study Medicine and Surgery at the University of Ibadan.

She emerged as National Overall Best candidate June/July 2013 National Examination Council (NECO) Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations, with distinction in all her subjects.

December 8, 2013 |

Israel Oludotun Ransome-Kuti

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Israel Oludotun Ransome-Kuti He was born on 30 April 1891, to an Egba family in Abeokuta. His father was Reverend Canon J. J. Ransome-Kuti well known for his outstanding administrative competence as well as his talents as a singer, which earned him the nickname “the Singing Minister.” Israel Oludotun was born at the Anglican parish of Gbagura, Abeokuta, where his father was serving as a teacher/catechist. After attending the Suren Village School there he went to the Lagos Grammar School, but returned to his hometown to complete his secondary education at the newly opened Abeokuta Grammar School. He was the first pupil to be enrolled at the school in 1908.

In 1913 Ransome-Kuti matriculated at Fourah Bay College, Freetown and returned to his country in 1916 with a B.A. degree. He began work in Lagos, as a teacher at his former grammar school from 1916 until 1918 when he left Ije-Ode. For thirteen years he was principal of Ijebu-Ode Grammar School, which had been established in 1912 and provided the only secondary education for all of Ijebu province. One of Ransome-Kuti’s innovations at this pioneering institution was to form the first Boy Scout troupe there which became known in the province as the first Ijebu-Ode Troupe.

Ransome-Kuti’s great intellect and sensitivity towards people soon won him the admiration and respect of the Ijebus. He became their spokesman, pleading their cause with the British colonial residents in the province. His great achievement in Ijebu was to break down the myth that his own Yoruba group, the Egbas, could not work among the Ijebus. Through his example, and the utmost concern for all, he was able to draw the two groups together. His departure from Ijebu was marked with a widespread expression of loss. Of his successor at the Ijebu-Ode Grammar School, the people used to say: “This new Kuti is not as the old.”

On leaving Ijebu-Ode in 1932, Reverend Ransome-Kuti returned to Abeokuta where for the next 22 years he served as principal of the Abeokuta Grammar School. During that period he visited Britain in 1939 and again between 1943 and 1945; he spent the latter years as a member of the Elliott Commission reviewing higher education in West Africa.

During his posting at Ijebu-Ode Ransome-Kuti founded an association of local teachers known as the Association of Headmasters of Ijebu Schools. This was in May 1926 a year after a similar association had been formed in Lagos by another renowned Anglican clergyman, Reverend J. O. Lucas, who inaugurated the Lagos Union of Teachers in May 1925. These two bodies became the base from which the idea of national organization that could embrace teachers from all parts of Nigeria grew and culminated in the formation of the NUT on 8 July 1931. At its founding that year, in Lagos, Ransome-Kuti was elected its first national president. At successive elections he was re-elected and he held that post until his retirement in 1954 at the age of 63. A man of strong, forceful and charismatic personality, he guided the union in its early campaign for improved working conditions for teachers and against colonial education policy in general.

Ransome-Kuti and his colleagues in the NUT executive, notably A. A. Ikoku, E. E. Esua and the Reverend (later Bishop) S. I. Kale, succeeded in winning recognition from the British colonial authorities as well as benefits for their members, which by October 1948 were said to number 20,000. With the improved conditions the union grew rapidly and by the 1960s had become the largest professional organization in Africa, with a membership that exceeded a quarter of all the teachers in the continent. Today education is still the largest single employer in Nigeria, directly touching more Nigerians than any other service. The thousands of teachers who joined the NUT annually soon found not only respectability but also strength in their union. It was the foresight and dedication of Reverend Ransome-Kuti that led to that dignity and unity.


Source: Dictionary of African Christian Biography

March 21, 2013 |

Adeniji Olufemi

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The overall Best School Administrator in Nigeria in the Secondary Schools category 2012.

Profile coming soon

 

January 15, 2013 |

Sheila Mary Solarin

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Whenever the history of private schools, indeed of quality education, in Nigeria, is written Sheila and Tai would not only feature prominently, it would be said of them that they spent their lives in promotion of knowledge as a basis for the development of our nation.

Born in England in 1924, she received her early education in England and obtained the Higher School Certificate (HSC) in 1941. In 1951, she graduated from Manchester University with a degree in English and later proceeded to Ontario Institute of Education, Toronto, Canada for a Masters degree in Education in 1975.

Sheila met Tai Solarin in the early fifties and in what seemed like a perfect match for two people from different cultural background Sheila followed her husband to Molusi College, Ijebu Igbo where they both worked for four years between 1952 and 1956.

The couple’s unparalleled love for education made them quit Molusi College in 1956 to set up the Mayflower Schools. Over the years the Schools blossomed to become one of the best in the country. It never compromised on discipline and academic excellence.

The school’s curriculum included learning of skills such as cooking, sewing and carpentry.

The goal, according to Sheila at the time, was to raise a “complete child”. Mayflower thus became a great citadel of learning, producing some of the nation’s illustrious citizens occupying positions of responsibility in different strata of the society today. Instructively, while other private schools charged outrageously high fees, Mayflower still has in place a fees regime not unaffordable to the average Nigerian family.

The excellence and attraction of the Mayflower schools include the fact that despite the Solarins did not openly practice any religion – indeed the late Tai was a self-confessed atheist – Nigerians of various religious beliefs, including Christians, Muslims and traditional worshippers still send their children and wards to Mayflower school because of the quality of education it offers. As Sheila once noted, “We didn’t ask anybody what their ethnic background or religion was, we simply wanted to provide an education for all the children in the area.” In fact Sheila taught English in the school for over 50 years.

For her contributions to education in Nigeria, the Queen of England conferred on Sheila in October 2007 the award of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE).

Sheila Solarin belonged to the old generation of “stand by your man” women. Thus all through the years of her late husband’s travails and times in and out of detention, as he confronted dictatorial regimes, the woman provided for her husband the needed moral support.

And when Tai died, Sheila stayed behind in Nigeria to continue with the legacy she had established with him. Sheila and Tai had two children, Corin and Tunde, who were both born in Ikenne.

As one of the biggest pillars for our nation’s education sector, she will be sorely missed.


Source: This Day Newspaper

November 11, 2012 |

Christianah Opeyemi Adeloye

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MISS-CHRISTIANAH-ADELOYEThe only daughter and the second child of the three children of Evangelist and Mrs. Adeloye. Christianah, now a medical student at the University of Ibadan, attained a remarkable feat in the 2011 West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE),  scoring amazing A1 grade in English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Geography, Agric Science, Economics, Yoruba and B2 grade in Chemistry with a Total T- score of 682.3283, the highest total score, thereby attaining for herself,  the enviable position of being the highest overall best candidate in Nigeria and the 2nd best in West Africa.

Christianah said there was nothing to that achievement than hard work and God. She said “it is not by power nor by might but by my Spirit saith the Lord”. Christianah with all her preparations did not expect to be the best in Nigeria, let alone being the best female candidate in West Africa. According to her “even with all my preparations, because I am sure that there are other people who prepared better than I did, but because God is with me, He helped me to achieve this feat. Actually I wouldn’t have achieved this if not that God is on my side”. She said that though she prepared well it was difficult to believe it. Her parents, she added, were surprised and amazed at it.

She attended St. Peters Catholic Private School Olomore, Abeokuta, Ogun State and Emmanuel Children School, Ilewo Orile, Abeokuta North local Government Area of Ogun state from 1998 – 2001. She had her secondary education at Omolaja Sodipo Memorial Anglican School Abeokuta and Charis International College, Abeokuta, both in Ogun state.

Christianah came 2nd in the Ogun State Communication Skills/ Quiz Competition among public and private primary and secondary schools.

She participated in the National Survey Essay Competition 2008 (JSS3) and came fourth.

In Nigeria’s 50th Independence Day Essay Competition, she came 1st at the state level and 3rd in the South West region which won her a place in the grand finale at Abuja during the 50 Independence Anniversary of Nigeria competition.

In the May/ June 2011 WASSCE she made A1 in every subject including Mathematics and English Language with a Total T- score of 682.3283, the highest total score, thereby attaining for herself,  the enviable position of being the highest overall best candidate in Nigeria.

She also won Omon’oba Ereduwa award for her school (trophy) and Ereduwa award for herself as the best female candidate in Nigeria and West Africa, among other prizes too numerous to mention.

Though she spends her spare time like any other youngster watching television and reading novels, the soft spoken young lady has a regimented timetable for studying which she strictly adheres to achieve her set goals.

Behind a successful person, there must be an individual or people lending support. In this regard, Christianah said they are too numerous to mention, but she appreciated her parents for giving her the necessary support and wherewithal for her education, acknowledging the teachers in her alma mata, her mummy’s school as well as a teacher in her former school where she had her Junior Secondary School (JSS 1) before she transferred to her alma mater where she made this feat in JSS II. The teacher had told her then that she could be another Dunni Sobukola (the lady who made the best result in WASSCE in West Africa in 2005). Christianah added that one of the teachers used to give her different academic publications up till when she was writing the WAEC examinations resulting in her prominence.

Success they say has many friends. In recognition of her impressive educational exploit, many governmental and Non-governmental Organizations took steps to honour this rare gem and encourage other students. The Hallmark of Labour Foundation, in an award giving programme, presented her an award among other awardees with the Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Barr. Olusegun Odubela in attendance. Christianah is a recipient of an Osun State government scholarship to cover her education in higher institution as well as the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Lagos Province 16, an Achiever Award.

Remarks that though the remarkable feat and the attendant publicity had not changed her behavioral attitude, she none the less, felt the import of the achievement when the children at the award ceremony organized for her by the RCCG asked for her autograph. Christianah seized the opportunity to tell the children that she was a normal person like them but with a difference by the grace of God.

On the impact of the achievement on her present academic pursuit, Christianah said it is just a push to do more as everybody, even in her present institution of learning, regard her as a genius. “I do tell them that it is not so but I do my best with God helping my weaknesses”. Noting the need to remain on top, she said she needs to put more effort.

She advised fellow students and youths in general to put in their best, affirming that “you can’t expect best if you have not put in the best. They should keep on trying even when failing, as success will surely come if they do not give up”. She advised the youth to be humble and persevere in their undertakings.


Source: Ogun Update (November 2012)

July 14, 2012 |

Benjamin Uwa

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I aspire to be a Professor of Mathematics because I love Maths so much. I spend most of my time reading Mathematics because I find it is so interesting.”

Those were the soft-spoken words of the 15-year-old whiz kid and  Mathematician, Master Benjamin Uwa, who emerged the overall best student in the 2012 Cowbell National Secondary Schools Mathematics Competition (NASSMAC). A Senior Secondary School (SS)2 student of Iganmode Grammar School, Ota, Ogun State, Uwa, was the overall winner in the Senior Secondary School Category with a total score of 96 points.

The young lad smiled home with a laptop, a gold trophy and N300,000. Besides, he was confident that he would be one of the beneficiaries of the Federal Government’s automatic scholarship to study Mathematics at university level.

Speaking with Education Tribune shortly after the 2012 Cowbell National Secondary Schools Mathematics Competition prizes- giving ceremony held at Congress Hall, Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, Uwa said he felt good emerging as the overall winner.

Benjamin Uwa, speaking on his success story, said he takes his studies, especially Mathematics, very seriously. To him, Mathematics is one of the simplest subjects, saying people created  the wrong impression that the subject is  difficult. “I study Mathematics everyday and I have passion for it,” he said.

According to him, the questions for the competition this year were simple.

He believes that the decline in performance of students in public schools in Nigeria, especially in Mathematics and other sciences, has to do with the quality of teachers and commitment to imparting knowledge.

He said, “My school is a public school but it is not run like a public school. The principals and teachers we have are highly respected. They are competent  and  comitted.”

“In my school,   JSS1  is for preparation for competitions. Sometimes, in JSS1, students are made to attend special classes in preparation for  real competitions and not ordinary examinations.  For the Cowbell competition, we started preparation from last year, before promotion examination,” he said.


Source: Sunday Tribune

July 12, 2012 |

Oyedele Oluwadetan

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Miss Oyedele Oluwadetan was born to the family of Engineer Kehinde and Mrs Afolake Oyedele (a lecturer at the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu-Ode) on the 14th of April, 1991 at Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State – the second of three children.

She began her academic career at Grace Day Nursery and Primary School, Ijebu-Ode in 1995. She completed her primary education in the year 2000 and gained admission into Regal College, Sagamu that same year.

Detan recounts that a prize-giving ceremony she attended in Mayflower School Ikenne, while in Junior Secondary School I, changed her attitude towards her studies. In the ceremony, she said a particular lanky boy, whose name she could not remember, carted away all the prizes in all the subjects he offered.

From that moment, I said to myself, if he could do it, then certainly I too could. From that day on, I read like I had never done before, just to come out tops like the Mayflower boy.”

This magic actually worked for her, as she maintained the first position in all her examinations and tests, from that term and throughout her secondary school. She represented her school in National competitions and won awards for her alma mater. In 2004, she represented her school in the National Mathematics Competition having led the pack at the state level. and did it proud by winning awards in that year’s edition.

The former student of Regal College, Ogun State clinched the third position of May/June WASSCE in 2006 with A1s in eight subjects- Economics, Geography, English Language, Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, while she had a F9 in French Language.

Oyedele Oluwadetan is a quiet and well-behaved student, Currently, she is doing a degree programme in Computer Engineering as Obafemi Awolowo University.

June 14, 2012 |

Oluwadunni Sobukunola

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Miss Oluwadunni Sobukunola who was born in Abeokuta on 10 May, 1986 to Mr. and Mrs. S. I Sobukunola, took the academic world by storm when she came out with nine A1’s in the 2002 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in the following subjects: English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Yoruba, Economics, Agricultural Science.

After she was honored for being the best student in Nigeria for that year, it was also discovered that she was also the best in West Africa. Consequently, she was invited to Sierra Leone to recieve the award, Apart from bagging scholarships from the Ogun State Government, Shell, Samuel Adegbite, Mobil and Chevron, a block of three classrooms was buit in her name at Abeokuta Girls’ Grammar School, her alma mater.

Described by WAEC as an exceptionally brilliant student throughout her primary and secondary education at St. Bernadette’s Nursery and Primary School, Ibara, Abeokuta and Abeokuta Girls’ Grammar School, Ogun State, respectively, Miss Sobunkola had previously won several laurels for her self and schools.

She had to her credit, the best overall in her class every year, best overall female JETS competition in year 2001. As a result, she was given a scholarship.

She won the best competitor in Chemistry at Jos 2001 JETS competition, member of the Ogun State contingent to Jos, who won overall presidential trophy along with 16 other trophies, as well as winner of Mobil University Scholarship.

 

May 14, 2012 |
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