Glamour as Arigbajo Methodist High School marks 58th anniversary
Although the 58th Founders Day Anniversary of Methodist High School, Arigbajo, Ogun State, might have come and gone, it left in its trail sweet memories, innovations and legacies that’ll linger for a long time to come.
Among them are the commissioning of the late Olumide Biyi’s legacy project – a block of three classrooms and a staff room built in honour of the late former national president of the Old Students Association – and awards to outstanding members who had made their marks in their chosen careers.
Tagged “Celebration Of Love and Unity”, the three-day programme planned to be a precursor to the 60th anniversary of the school featured quiz competition, cultural display and free medical services to the teachers, old students and members of the host community. The event was rounded-off with a carnival-like grand finale.
Founded on January 22, 1965, Methodist High School, Arigbajo, owes its existence and foundation to the efforts of the Association of Methodists of Abeokuta Origins Church, Lagos branch, which conceived the idea of establishing the school in 1964.
It is the first full-fledged Secondary School in Egba-Ifo District Council, which has metamorphosed to Ifo and Ewekoro local councils of Ogun State.
In line with its motto, ‘Education for Service’, the school has remained constant with the vision of the founding fathers to establish an institution that will mould students in the highest traditions of academic excellence, moral uprightness and sports performance, which has been achieved.
Since it opened its doors to the 66 pioneer students (39 male and 27 female), with just three members of staff, which included the principal, late Mr. Theophilus Folorunso Odubanjo, the school has continued to grow in leaps and bounds.
In the last 58 years, MHS Arigbajo has produced many distinguished alumni in various professions. This development has paved the way for the school to join the list of great schools in Egbaland, Ogun State and Nigeria as a whole.
In his address, the Global President, Methodist High School Old Students Association (MEHSOSAI), Mr. Olasunkanmi Sheyic Oyegbami, said the occasion presented a great opportunity to showcase the incredible projects connecting the alumni to the school, which gives them the opportunity to achieve the highest standard.
“We have to envelope ourselves with the dream of new projects and donations as we give back to our foundation. I stand here today and deeply humbled by the confidence given to the executive members as we promise to continue to run faster, though we are yet to reach our peak. We need every member’s support.
“Excellence is never an accident; it is always the result of high intentions, sincere efforts and intelligent execution as it takes grit to achieve greatness. I appeal to all our great members to key into the construction of MEHSOSAI secretariat. The construction is in progress and the project still needs more cash for timely completion,” Oyegbami said.
The chairman of the anniversary planning committee, Mr. Oluyinka Fashina, described the event as unique, being the year MEHSOSAI received award of excellence from ANCOPSS in the state for its support to the school, the commissioning of the Biyi’s building and the newly built stadium.
The chairman of the anniversary’s organising committee, Mr. Oluyinka Fashina revealed that the ceremony would be a precursor to the 60th anniversary coming up in two years time.
The event, according to Fashina, presented another opportunity for eminent old students to come together and share ideas that will make the school greater.