LAFROGRAMS Class of ’95 reunites, donates to alma mater
Students, family and friends gathered at the Olayide Adeoluwa Memorial Hall in the premises of the Lagos African Church Grammar School (LAFROGRAMS), Ifako-Ijaiye, recently, as the Class of 1995 of the school held a reception to mark their 20th year anniversary.
The gathering, which was the first of its kind for the old students, could be mistaken by a visitor as an occasion for marking the country’s independence as the celebrating students were attired in green and white. The President of Class ’95, Mrs. Juliet Kojo-Onwueze, said the event was necessitated by the need to identify with their Alma Mata that has shaped them to who they are today.
“It is important for people to always remember their roots and where they are coming from and that is why we are gathered here today to give back to our Alma Mata by donating 50 chairs and tables for the school. We will not stop at this, we will continue to give our best to the school that made us useful in the society,” she said. She disclosed that it took almost five years to plan the reunion because not all of them reside in Lagos, as many of the students came, not only from distant parts of the country but also from abroad. “We are so happy reuniting after a very long time and sharing good old memories,” she said.
The General Secretary of the group, Mrs. Yinka Ibidunni, while expressing her joy at the reunion said: “Although it has been a long time, we still remember some events that happened in our school days, even those I wasn’t in good terms with back then in the school showed me warm affection and friendship today. We totally forgot all that happened then.”
The school principal of the Class of ’95, Mrs. Annette Adeoba, noted that it was challenging catering for the over 3, 000 students in the school with very little facilities, adding that her administration and teachers stood as a family and were able to inculcate good morals and education into the children, which have helped them to be who they are today.
While commenting on the declining standard of education, she said the reading culture among students has been diminished by the advert of the social media and the use of electronic devices that were not available in the 90s. “Students are now more interested in social media platforms (Facebook, twitter, BBM, What Sapp, Instagram) than reading their books,” the principal said