Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank (ADB); are among dignitaries expected to grace the centenary anniversary of the famous Baptist Boys’ High School (BBHS), Abeokuta, which will climax on 23 January, 2023, the school’s Founder’s Day.
This was disclosed by the Old Boys’ Association of the school in the programme of activities lined up for the week-long event, which kicks off on 16 January with a city-wide road walk in Abeokuta. According to the programme, a special anniversary lecture, to be delivered by Vice President Osinbajo, will hold on 17 January.
The event will also feature the commissioning of various projects initiated by the school’s old boys’ association. Among these are Sir Kessington Adebutu Alumni Building, built by Sir Kessington Adebutu; the Centennial Park built by the old boys’ association, Alhaji Isiaka Car Park Arena, the N43m main access road constructed by the 1984 set, dedication of the 500-capacity new sports complex and the launch of the anniversary book, 100 Years of Baptist Boys’ High School, Abeokuta.
Former President Obasanjo will also deliver the Legacy Lecture, titled “BBHS Value. There will also be a discussion of the role of education in 21st Century Nigeria, with Dr Adesina being the keynote speaker. This is to be followed by career talks delivered by representatives of professional bodies.
January 21 is date for the annual Distinguished Old Boy of the Year and Merit Awards Luncheon at the school premises, while the next day is dedicated to worship at First Baptist Church, Ijaiye, Abeokuta. The event will wind up on 23 January with a Founder’s Day Devotion and a novelty match between current students of the school and an old boys’ team to be captained by former President Obasanjo.
Founded on 23 January 1923 by Baptist missionaries, the school has produced many eminent Nigerians in various walks of life.