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It was a day of praise worships, prayers, speeches, admonitions and awards as Jextoban Secondary School, Ketu, in Lagos State sends forth the graduating students of 2018 unto ‘greater heights’.

The event which held in two phases; valedictory service and the graduation proper lived up to its theme; ‘Greater Heights’.  Every activity lined up for the day was a recap of all what the students have been taught for the six years they spent in the school which is anchored on Godly values. The students were repeatedly reminded of what values to take along in their journey into life by the different speakers that mounted the podium.

The officiating Minister, Pastor Andrew Umoru started things off with a resounding sermon taken from Proverbs 3:1-13 which he capped up with prayers and outpouring of blessings on the outgoing students.

The school choir was on hand to punctuate the event with impeccable renditions of spirit lifting praise and worship songs that transported all present to heavenly realms.

The school choir, entertaining at the event

For Jextoban, the graduation ceremony was a two-in-one event; the 20th edition for their Lagos Campus and the maiden edition for their Ogun State Campus. The Chairman, Board of Governors of the school, Pastor E. A. Ojo, was to tell the cheering crowd a third reason why the event was a very special one for the school, according to him, the school had just been certified by British Council to present candidates for Cambridge examinations.

From left, Mr Emmanuel Adegoke,(principal Lagos school) Mr Femi Apata (administrator) pastor Andrew Umoru (guest preacher) Mr Segun Adeniyi (special guest) Pastor Emmanuel Adedayo Ojo (chairman board of Governor’s) and Mrs Adunola Ajibola ojo(Proprietress)

“It was reported in my speech last year that our Ibafo School had been approved to present candidates for the SSCE by all the relevant authorities – The Ogun State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, WAEC and NECO, hence, our graduating the first set of students from the Ibafo Campus.”

“In addition, the British Council after a rigorous and comprehensive inspection exercise, has approved that we can now present candidates for the:  Secondary Check Point (Cambridge) JSS3, Cambridge IGCSE and, Cambridge A Level Examinations”, he said.

Left: the Chairman, Pastor E.A.Ojo, handing over the award to the best graduating student, Sharon Akhigbe while her proud parents look on.

The obviously excited Chairman expressed his appreciation to the academic and non –academic staff of the school, attributing the successes being celebrated by the school to their ‘collective and collaborative efforts’. He went on to specially thank the proprietress of the school, Mrs A. A. Ojo, whose singular and untiring efforts according to him, has taken the school to the enviable height it now proudly occupy. He extolled her indefatigable contributions to the development of the Ibafo Campus which ‘at the risk of her health and safety, she is always on ground to supervise the construction work.’

Cross section of students and parents

The high point of the ceremony was the ‘parental blessings on the graduating students’. At this point, the students were asked to locate their parents who prayed and poured special blessings on their children, blessings that would follow them through their journeys in life.

Parental blessings

The two Principals of the school, Mr. E. A. Adegoke, of Lagos Campus and Mr. Aigbefoh Victor Ozemoya of Ibafo Campus, anchored their admonitions on ‘Character’. Both adopted different approaches and cited different examples, but the messages pointed to the values of good character which the school had inculcated in the outgoing students which they must not drop in their journey through life.

Mr. Adegoke, who titled his address ‘Character Counts’, took time off his long sermon on character to regale the excited gathering of parents, guardians and well wishers with the achievements of the school and the students,

The graduating class of 2018 with Principals of Lagos and Ogun Campuses of the school, Mr. E.A.Adegoke (left) and Mr. Aigbefoh Ozemoya(right)

“Our success stories are unlimited but it may interest you to know few of them: In current and just released WAEC results, the number of subjects with 100% credit is 11 while 80% credit passed is 17 subjects out of 24 subjects we are offering, many of the students had 9 distinctions.”

“Confucious Institute has classified our school as the most friendly school in Nigeria as a result of being the pioneer representative of Nigeria in the global Chinese competition.  Over seventeen alumni of this school have bagged first class in various institutions of learning both in Nigeria and abroad”, the proud Principal reeled out.

Left, Academic Star of Ogun State Campus, Louis Joshua with other graduating students

The Chairman, Pastor Ojo, earlier in his remark, had called on the various examination bodies to tighten their security mechanism so as to completely eliminate examination malpractices which has become an albatross to academic excellence amongst Nigerian students. According to him, the integrity of these examinations should not be compromised while the future of the present generation of candidates should not be destroyed. “Hard work and diligence for which we are noted in this institution should be encouraged so that the future of our country will not be jeopardized”, he concludes.

The Special Guest of Honour at the event, Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi, Chairman, Editorial Board, THISDAY Newspaper

Delivering his speech, the Special Guest of Honour, Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi, who is the Chairman, Editorial Board of THISDAY newspapers, towed the line of ‘character lessons’. He admonished the graduating students to imbibe and exhibit Godly values at all times and in all circumstances.  He charged them to be good ambassadors of the school and to remain steadfast in the values the school had taught them all these years.

The Valedictorian, Miss, Akhigbe Sharon, was full of appreciation for the school she proudly referred to as ‘a world class institution of learning that has discovered the secret of academic success and moulding of excellent character’.

The Valedictorian, Miss Sharon Akhigbe

“On behalf of my fellow graduating students, I will like to express our sincere appreciation to Jextoban Secondary School for the boundless and unconditional love we received from our first day in school to the very last. For grooming us from our raw state to becoming priceless jewels, and also for inculcating in us Christian virtues and values, right now, opportunities of life are attracted to us because we have an edge over our counterparts elsewhere.’  She enthused.

The seamless flow of activities came to a beautiful close with the vote of thanks by the Head Boy of the school, Afe Adebobola who doled out appreciations on the school authority, staff and his fellow students.  He was full of encomiums for the parents and had a word of advice for his seniors, the graduating students,

Head Boy, Master Afe Babalola

“I will like to also appreciate our esteemed parents here present particularly those of graduating students, may your labour over us not be in vain. To the graduating students, may this day mark the beginning of more successes for you in life.” He concludes.

Costumed greeters welcoming guests in different languages

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Judging by the comportment of the students of Jextoban Secondary School, Ketu, there is no doubt that they have indeed been groomed for greater heights!


The school choir in action


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