By Eric Elezuo
The Old Girls Association of the prestigious Methodist Girls High School, Yaba, rolled out the drums weekend to celebrate its 136th Founders Day and 2018 Reunion. The event was held at the popular Quadrangle of the college with hosts of sets represented.
The gathering, put together by the 1974 -1979 class of the college, which also doubles as the centenary set, was a moment of nostalgia, reminiscence, sheer laughter and rebonding of relationships. This year’s event was themed “Back in the Days” to further capture what life was all about ‘in those days’ in comparison to the present.
The event kicked off with an opening prayer said by a Reverent Sister, which was followed by the recitation of the national anthem and the school song.
The already charged atmosphere of both the very young and not too young old girls of the school presented a forum for the the Principal, Mrs Idowu, to heartily welcome all.
She expressed flowering gladness over the fact that the school has continued to soar from greater heights to greater heights and that its alumni have been publishing the name of the school as one of international standard and repute.
She was also glad that the Old Girls Association of the school had come together not as individuals but as a team to help and uphold the virtues of the school.
She said: “We want to acknowledge the laudable accomplishments of the various sets of Old Girls that have come together as individuals or as distinct groups to identify with the school and ensure that our Aaron’s hand remain upheld, through numerous relevant give-back initiative programmes, donations and most importantly the scholarship of indigent students.”
Her speech was followed by an address by the President of the School’s Old Girls Association, Mrs. Oluyomi Afolabi.
In her address, she stated that the aim of the reunion was to build ties that had long been severed due to separation, strengthen those that had been weakened and to pitch to the students that there is a family they would be incorporated into upon graduation.
She said the Association had been responsible for quite a number of reforms in the school and that it was currently looking to demolish and rebuild the structurally defective old block of classrooms.
“We thank God for the project he has given us, to demolish and rebuild the structurally defective old block of classrooms. All hands are on deck.” She added that as a matter of urgency, the building will ‘come down in December’.
In the same vein, the Chairperson of the Reunion Planning Committee, Mrs. Funto Igun enthused that the association would not relent on his oars but would continue to strive to see that the name of the school gets the first mention when talk of excellence comes to the fore.
The event was a potpourri of activities and a hub of fun and relaxation with activities ranging from dancing competitions to melody match games and cat walks.
Among activities that set the Quadrangle on fire was the parade of different sets in accentuated dance and catwalk requisite with their era. With sets as far back as 1947 exhibiting their dance steps, the audience including current students couldn’t but ask for more.
The MGHS Yaba has produced notable individuals in today’s Nigeria whom are Mrs. Ibukun Awosika, wife of Ekiti State governor, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi and a host of others.
The Reunion gathering is a yearly event, and as the President hinted, the 2019 edition will be hotter and bigger.
Methodist Girls High School, Yaba, was established in 1879, and the first principal was Rev E. W. Williams.