Anglican old boys meet, renew commitment to alma mater
To round off its activities for the year, Anglican Grammar School Ubulu-Uku Old Boys Association (AGSUOBA), Lagos chapter, gathered at Senior Staff Recreational Centre of Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) to unwind and renew commitment to the development of their alma mater.
As they savoured assorted delicacies, they took turns to recall how Anglican Grammar School, Ubulu-Uku, Delta State, shaped their lives and contributed to what they have become in life.
Particularly intriguing was the story by former Green Eagles player, James Udemba, who recalled how a principal of the school flogged him and his teammates, mercilessly, for losing 2-0 in a football match.
“That fateful morning, I and my teammates never anticipated what was waiting for us. We got to the assembly hall as usual. After conducting the assembly, the principal called members of the school football team forward and tongue-lashed us for losing to another school.
“He did not stop at that, he flogged us, mercilessly, before the entire assembly. That marked the turning point in my football career. After that experience, my team never lost to another team throughout our stay at the school. I started seeing football as a serious business and ended up becoming a player in the national team, Green Eagles,” he said.
Apart from James Udemba, the gathering attracted many distinguished old students, among whom were the President-General of Association (Worldwide), Dr. Geoff Ohen; President of the Lagos chapter of the association, Mr. Okey Odibeli; Ben Omife, Dennis Okoh and Senior Pastor of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Daniel Deiyi, who gave the admonition at the event.
Also present were Vice President, of Lagos chapter, Moses Okocha, Phillips Nwaokpani, Bright Uwabor, Diopka Samuel Okoh of 62 set, Paul Ogbolu Chris, Prince Mike Nobei, Peter Chiemeke, Sebaston Nwokolo, Godwin Okonkwor, Christian Ebegbune, Joseph Obah and Nwanze Cletus (Secretary), among others.
Odibeli thanked members that took out time to attend and those that donated towards the successful hosting of the gathering.
“We have had great fun with plenty to eat and drink, even as our alma mater remained on the front burner,” he said.
The event featured popular hymns sang in the school, cutting of cake, free speeches, riddles and jokes.