Story by: Adeyemi Funmilayo Photo: Adekoya Adegbite
The joy of parenthood is to see the children succeed in every endeavour of their lives, and to be good ambassadors to their parents, country and humanity. This immeasurably joy-filled atmosphere was the situation when a co-educational Christian boarding and day school, Strong Tower Academy (S.T.A) held its second graduation ceremony to the delight of parents and role models.
However, the Principal of Strong Tower Academy, Mrs. Josiah G. Holland, stated in her speech:
“Today is one of your greatest day in life. You are moving a step forward in life. Secondary School has given you the foundation for your life. We, at STA, having the vision of developing productive and purpose driven leaders, with sound Christian values, took our time to nurture you for six (6) good years, academically, spiritually and in every aspect of life. May God help you to remember your little beginning so your future is just as bright as the promise of God.”
In the same vein, the Guest Speaker and Wife of former Lagos State Governor, Dame Abimbola Emmanuella Fashola, inspired the students on life ahead: “You must use your new freedom wisely and know that you are responsible for your actions and in actions henceforth. Be aware of the company of friends that you keep as who you become in life will depend on your association. You must have taken your decision on your career or discipline for the future, but if you are yet to make up your mind; it is alright because you still have enough time to seek advice from elders, mentor and counselors in your school and around you.”
Personalities that graced the ceremony were Dame Abimbola Emmanuella Fashola, Oba Ayangburen, Oba Kabiru Shotobi represented by HRH Oba Richard Ogunsanya, Olu Beshe of Ibeshe land, the wife of the Governor of Lagos State represented by Mrs. Badejo Oluwatoyin amongst others.
After the inspirational speeches, the graduands were awarded, and there were special presentations.