Ijebu Ode Grammar School, called the source of light, once provided education to many great individuals who have contributed and still contributing to the development of this great nation. From Law to politics, business, music, aviation, etc; Ijebu Ode Grammar school has raised many pioneers and industry leaders in Nigeria! Who are the top 10 most prominent and famous graduates of this school? Continue reading to find out more!
Ijebu Ode Grammar School
How can you describe Ijebu Ode Grammar School in a few simple words? People who studied there call it the Dawn of Life! It's one of the oldest and most reputable secondary schools in Nigeria. It Is also considered to be the oldest school in Ijebuland and the second oldest school in Ogun State.
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The school was established on 20th of January 1913. The construction and establishing of the school were totally on the shoulders of the Anglican Mission in Nigeria! Nevertheless, the real history of the school started in 1892. In this year, the Ijebu people could openly declare their practice of Christianity. Therefore, as one of the next steps towards Enlightenment for them was the practice of western education.
The founder of the school was Rev. S.J. Gansallo. He received assistance and financial help from the Revd. J.A. Cole of Christ Church and Resident Pastors of St. Saviours Church. Cole. Rev. S.J. Gansallo connected his full-time pastor's job with his passion for teaching.
One of the first teachers of PA. D.M. Okugasa. He also contributed significant efforts to the development of the Ijebu Ode Grammar School Ogun. The foundation of the school was the fourteen students who became the first successful graduates.
The motto of the school is “Non-Nobis Domine”, translated as “Not unto us O Lord.” Therefore, the main idea of the motto is the transmitting the ideas of God's Enlightenment through education!
The school's anthem was introduced in 1953. It was composed by Rev. Canon S.R.S. Nicholas. The music for the anthem was provided by Fela Sowande. The main ideas that can be described in the school's anthem are the brotherhood among the students and God's light.
- The main ideas provided by the school
- The school is the source of vision and Enlightenment
- God and Christian Church.
Top 10 successful students of Ijebu Ode Grammar
1. Abraham Aderibigbe Adesanya
He was a Nigerian politician and lawyer. He was a foremost and respected politician in Nigeria.
2. Timothy Adeaola Odutola
He was one of the richest people of his time. Adeaola Odutola business started in Ijebu of Ogun State. His business ideas became the first lessons to be learnt by future generations of businesspersons in Nigeria! He launched the business in 1930s. The main ideas of his business were stores which he opened in various points of Nigeria!
3. George Ashiru
He is one of the most famous sports leaders in Nigeria. He is a Nigerian Taekwondo master and also one of the most prominent entrepreneurs in the Country. His main contribution is connected with the development of sport and youth movement in Nigeria. Moreover, his outstanding achievements in Taekwondo helped him to get the position of the President of the World Taekwondo Federation in 2013.
4. Harold Demurem
He is another outstanding student of Ijebu Ode Grammar School! He is an aeronautic engineer. His main contribution to the country is the development of aviation and aeronautic engineering. He is also a former Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation.
5. Inumidun Akande
She was a Chief Judge of Lagos State. Nonetheless, she was also involved in some alleged scandals in Nigeria. The Economic Financial Crimes Commission accused her in corruption in 2013.
6. Mobolaji Bank Anthony
Chief Mobolaji Bank Anthony is another Yoruba Nigerian businessman and philanthropist who graduated from Ijebu Ode Grammar School. His main achievement was the development of the Lagos Stock Exchange.
7. Olu Oyesanya
He was one of the most prominent journalist and diplomats in Nigeria. His main contribution is connected with the Nigerian Press Council where he played a principal role for the development of journalism in Nigeria.
8. Omololu Meroyi
It`s a prominent politician who took the office of Senator of Ondo State at the very beginning of Nigerian Fourth Republic. He played a major role in the political unity of Nigerians.
Popular Nigerian Hip-Hop artiste.
Didn't you know Wizkid was a student of Ijebu Ode Grammar School? He was one of the most interesting students there! Who could guess that one day this school boy would become the StarBoy of Nigerian music!
Ijebu Ode Grammar School is one of the oldest schools in Nigeria. This school educated a lot of Nigerians who have contributed immensely to the development of the country across various fields and industries.
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Source: Legit Nigeria