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Wednesday, January 20, 2010



The Church Missionary Society (CMS), is a boarding school for boys, founded the CMS Grammar School, Lagos, the oldest secondary grammar school in Nigeria, on 6th June 1859. The fact that it’s the oldest school in Nigeria deserves a notable mention it has also gone on to produce some of the nation’s leaders making it one of the top schools in Nigeria’s history although it has gone through a decline it still stands as one of Nigeria’s hallmarks. Its motto is ’Nisi Dminus Frustra’ meaning ‘Without God we Labour in vain’.

Vivian Fowler Memorial College for Girls was established in 1991 to promote the advancement of women through quality and functional education. Although still relatively young, it has championed the cause of the girl- child education in Nigeria. It has helped in producing countless of well inspired young ladies and in the promotion of womanhood into the topmost heights in all aspects of human endeavors through both academic pursuit and moral discipline as its motto states “IN PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE”.

Loyola Jesuit College is a private Roman catholic secondary school in Nigeria operated by the Society of Jesus religious order. The school was opened on October 2, 1996 and is named after the Society's founder, St. Loyola. Also a young institution, it is very selective in the admission of its students thereby making its students feel special It is on record that it has produced the best  collective WAEC results in the country for 7 consecutive years but its social life is rather limited.

Atlantic Hall was established in January 1989 by the Atlantic Hall Educational Trust Council.
Atlantic Hall is a co-educational secondary school set in extensive and beautiful grounds in Poka, Epe, close to the Atlantic Ocean .The school has chosen to maintain its present population of approximately 600 students from ages 10 to 17; with a staff student ratio of 1 : 10, every child is known. Academic excellence and a well rounded education.

Hillcrest School is a cooperative mission school run by 10 cooperating mission agencies, and each is responsible to supply teachers. Since its beginning in 1942, it has educated not only missionary kids but children from all over the world. It was voted number 40 in the Best Secondary Schools in Africa List in 2003 by Africa Almanac. Its motto’ set our minds on things above’

In 1982, the Nigerian Federal Government set up a committee to brainstorm on the education of "gifted children". Four years later in 1986, Jubril Aminu, then Minister of Education established the Gifted Education Programme which culminated in what came to be known as Suleja Academy.
Standards are a priority but we also believe that by educating the whole child, we can bring out the best in each one. The school is committed to academic excellence and a well rounded education.

Government College Ibadan, (founded February 28, 1929), is a secondary school for boys located on the hills of Apata Ganga in Ibadan, Nigeria. In the period before the dissolution of the Western Region, Nigeria, the school earned the enviable fame of being the best secondary school in Nigeria. It had well-resourced classrooms and laboratories. As the school grew in numbers, in reputation and in fame, its students constantly achieved high scores for exam results at O-Level and A-Level. In the decade of the sixties, over 78 distinctions were obtained by Government College students in the examinations, an unprecedented achievement in Nigeria. Suffice it to say that the school boldly summoned in the decade of the seventies by upholding its laurels, in both the academic and extracurricular fields. The school has produced over 80% of the presidents of the Nigerian Society of Engineers since its inception, and one of the four Africans in history to be awarded a Prize. It possesses notable old boy’s such as;

Queen's College, Lagos, is a government-owned girl's secondary (high) school with boarding facilities, situated in Yaba, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria. Often referred to as the "sister college" of King's College, Lagos, it was founded in 1927, when Nigeria was still a British colony.
The school has returned the best results nationwide in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) seven times since 1985 and is widely considered to be one of the top schools on the African continent. Its alumni include doctors, engineers, and lawyers who live and work all over the world including the United States, UK, Germany, Canada, France and other countries. The school motto is "Pass on the Torch."

Barewa College is a college in Zaria, Kaduna State, northern Nigeria. Founded in 1922 by British Governor General Hugh Clifford, it was originally known as "Katsina College." It switched its name to "Kaduna College" in 1938 and then "Government College, Zaria" in 1949 before settling on "Barewa College." It is one of the largest boarding schools in Northern Nigeria and was the most celebrated post primary school in Northern Nigeria up to the early 1960s. The school is known for the large number of elites from the region that passed through the school's academic buildings and counts among its alumni, five of whom were at one time Nigerian Heads of State including the incumbent president Umaru Yar'Adua.Barewa College has since declined, the school currently resembles the state of the nation. Its facilities currently suffer from underfunding; its dining hall sometimes lacked enough chairs to seat the students leaving many to eat in the open.
Its Notable Alumni’s are;
·         Ahmadu Bello
·         Abubakar Tafawa Balewa
·         Yakubu Gowon
·         Murtala Mohammed
·         Shehu Shagari
·         Suleiman Takuma
·         Muhammadu Buhari
·         Umaru Yar'Adua
·         Ibrahim Dasuki
·         Justice Mamman Nasir
·         Iya Abubakar
·         Umaru Dikko
·         Jibril Aminu
·         Ibrahim Alfa
·         Ibrahim Coomassie
·         Abu Gidado
·         Lema Jibrin
·         Umar Sanda Ndayako
·         Ahmadu Kurfi
·         Justice Mohammed Bello
·         Adamu Fika
·         Bala Usman
·         Ango Abdullahi
·         Idris Legbo Kutigi
·         Tijani Dagazau
·         Adamu Ciroma
·         Umaru Shinkafi
·         Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai
·         Nuhu Ribadu
…And still the school suffers, why won’t Nigeria?

In King’s College Lagos, there is a saying that goes like this “In Nigeria there are only two schools, King’s College and Others”.
It was founded on 20 September 1909 with 10 students on its original site at Lagos Island, adjacent to Tafawa Balewa Square. The school admits male students only, although there were some female (A Level) HSC students before the establishment of Queen's College Lagos. Now the school conducts exams for the West African School-Leaving Certificate and the National Examinations Council. It has been a leading school in Nigeria in almost all endeavors ranging from education, sports and social life.
King’s College was founded by the British for the sole purpose of producing leaders who are competent, well educated  enlightened, de-tribalized and general all-rounder’s for the ruling of the nation but for some  reasons its students has been sidelined from their true destiny by the Barewa boys thereby living the nation in a state of anarchy. The time has come for us to rise up and challenge the Barewa boys for our true position which is at the helm of the nation, to steer the nation from this Great depression.
Notable Alumni include;
Alex Ekwueme 
Odumegwu Ojukwu 
Kole Omotosho 
Allison Ayida, former secretary to the Federal Government 
Dr. Sonny Kuku, Physician and Endocrinologist 
Ibrahim Gambari, United Nations Representative 
Phillip Asiodu 
Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu 
Hakeem Bello-Osagie 
Chief Anthony Enahoro 
Shamsuddeen Usman, current Minister of Finance Nigeria 
Senator Sanusi Dagash, Minister National Planning Commission Nigeria 
Audu Ogbeh 
Atedo Peterside 
Omamofe Boyo 
Obichukwu Anaduaka 

Tonye Patrick Cole

Keep the comments coming…and keep it beautiful…


  1. what is the basis of this list which does not include Government College Umuahia and Government College Ughelli?

  2. Government college Umuahia,is a notable mention but,but ughelli doesnt come post you refrences soon..

  3. How about St. Saviours College,Umuaka, Orlu, Imo State Nigeria. It should be among top ten secondary schools in Nigeria in terms of academics, sports and alumni achievements.

  4. FGGC Umuahia should be in the list too. Alma mater dear, I hail thee!

  5. What about grange


  7. What about our lady of apostles secondary school.a great missionary school for girls

  8. where r all the good schools here these schools r olden day schools bring the modern ones these one's r just last place.