2018 in Retrospect

Just as it has been in the past ninety-five years of its birth, this year BBHS has lived up to its motto—“Nulli Secundus”—in all ways. From class and laboratory renovations, to the building of an ultra-modern food vendor’s arenas, to the students bagging national prizes.

Earlier this year, the 7783 set came back to give back to the school by building the school an indisputably wonderful food vendor’s arena (the first of its kind). This was to say “Thank you” to BBHS, being a mother that moulded them into men who can stand on both feet and hit their chests confidently as successes, on their Anniversary. Added to the Food Vendor’s Arena is the renovation of certain classes, about two or three.

Later in the year, the 8892 set of the Old Boys Association also began a project on the renovation of the school’s Physics, Chemistry, and Biology laboratories. Successfully, they have completed this laudable project, which is an eye-catcher for anyone who steps into the school, because of the murals on the walls—a work well done by the school’s visual arts students, led by Mrs. Sodipo. This renovation was in celebration of their 25th Anniversary, which took place on the 3rd November, 2018. It was on the aforementioned day that the laboratories were commissioned for use. The 8892 set also did well by not just building state of the arts laboratories and classes, but also building people: teachers and students.

These teachers are teachers who have been working tirelessly in the background to make mighty men of the boys, and students who have shown great academic prowess. They are: Mr Oniyitan, a Maths teacher, who is also a mentor to many of the students; Mrs. Kilasho, a Chemistry teacher working tirelessly in the Science Department; Mr Ijiyoku, a Computer Science teacher who has led a cry for the up-to-time teaching of not just Computer Science but also of coding and programming. The students: Olude Marvelous, the school’s Senior Prefect; and Babawale Al-Ameen, an SS2 student. Each of the teachers and students were given cash prizes.

Olude Marvelous, one of the awardees, was also one of the three students who went to Abuja from September 22, 2018, to September 23, 2018 for the Beyond School Community Challenge(BSC), 2018. The BSC is a program that brings together young people from all over the country to pitch ideas that will make their communities, and the world, better. The ten finalists, from over three hundred submissions from all over the country, were brought together in Abuja for the Grand Finale. The three boys who went—Olude Marvellous, Amao David, and Ernest Ogunyemi—pitched an idea of providing safe water for drinking to people in their locality by coming up with a Bio-Sand Water Filter, for which they came home as the 2nd Runner-Up. They were given a 50,000-naira prize.

And in November, Ernest Ogunyemi, one of the boys who went to Abuja,

bagged the ANA (Association of Nigerian Authors) Teen NECO Prize for his manuscript of stories “Tomorrow Brings Beautiful

Things”, receiving a cash prize of 100,000 naira.


It was amidst all these good news that Mr. Olamilekan Adeeko, the teacher who led the students to Abuja, a Computer teacher in the school, won the Maltina Teacher’s Prize, in 2nd place. The Maltina Teacher’s Prize is an award that recognizes the best person working in the teaching field in the country, and it comes with a cash prize of over a million naira. This was after the-said Mr Adeeko won the Meadow Hall 700,000-naira prize for Inspirational Teacher of the Year.

All in all, it has been “Nulli Secundus”—we set the pace.

Written  by Ernest O. Ogunyemi

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