“Life does not give awards for efforts but results; never give up! Says Popular actor Bimbo Manuel at the school’s valedictory service.

The Jelili Omotola hall, University of Lagos was recently illuminated with the dazzling presence of the of outgoing students of the prestigious International School Lagos (ISL), 2018 set at the just concluded Valedictory Service of the school. The graduands who looked so exquisite in their white and black graduation outfit;  the female stylish in their dresses and high heels, and the guys so elegant both in Native and English attires, could not contain their joy as they already looked forward to facing the next academic phase of their life; the university.

Families and friends came in mass all gorgeously clothed to celebrate the latest set of intellectual graduates.

The valedictorian of the day was the slim but capable ‘Ifeoluwa Are’ who made all A’s in his result and scored a total score of 297 in his Jamb. Ifeoluwa was gifted with a book and a laptop. He was also bequeathed a cheque by one of the parents that was really impressed with his academic performance. Others with outstanding results were Alimi Mohammed, Tofunmi Adebayo, Immaculata Daikpor; they all had 8 A’s

Kicking off the major event of the day was the procession by the outgoing students which was followed by the singing of the national anthem and the school anthem led by the unique school band. The opening prayer was done by the VP Academics-Mr. Amusan, K.O.

Next was the introduction and calling of reputable personnel to the high table. Notable among them were the Vice Chancellor of University of Lagos Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, who was ably represented by Professor Wale Okunnuga; Popular Nollywood actor, Bimbo Manuel; Deputy registrar Unilag, Dr. Taiwo F.Ipaye, who was ably represented by Mrs. Ronke Asiwaju; Chairman- International School Management Board (ISMB)- Prof Mrs. W.A Makanjuola, who was ably represented by Mr. Jide Ogunnekan; The special guest of honour and chairman of the ocassion- Dr. Orpama Oboman and wife; the principal of the International School Lagos, Dr. M.O Malik; the PTA vice chairman, Mr. Eyo Asuquo and Mr. Chibuzor Mbakwe


The international school Lagos, Unilag is situated in a safe environment that aides the students’ swift learning. The school fosters intellectual interest, potential and aspirations of students. They promote good values and students of the school have respect for others. ISL prepares students not just academically but emotionally and socially. Students of the school can compete with their counterparts within and outside the country. The school has top-notch facilities as well as experienced teachers whose innovative style of teaching prepare the students for the global world.

At the school’s valedictory service, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos- Prof. Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe (ably represented by Professor Wale Okunnuga) wished all the students well in their next phase of life.

In the same vein, the principal of the International School Lagos- Dr. M.B Malik, also wished the outgoing students well. He advised them to use their new found freedom wisely. His words “Even though you now have freedom at your finger tips when you get to the university; ‘all those things like being called out with an alarm or caned to be somewhere does not exist in the university’, but take control of your life. A lot of associations will beckon at you, but you should always remember the home you are coming from. Don’t join groups that will cut off your life.”

Dr. Malik went on to say that the school in the last exam recorded a 100% pass in English, Maths- 94.7% pass, Biology- 89.2% pass, physics- 71.9%, Chemistry- 76%, F. Maths- 69%, Financial Accounting- 75%, CRS, IRS, Food and nutrition 100%, Commerce- 96.9%, TD- 83.8%, Economics- 95.4%, Geography- 88.9%, other subjects 100%.

The Chairman ISMB (Ably represented by Mr. Jide Ogunnekan) also advised the outgoing students to do the right thing even though they will be on their own and there will be no overseeing adult watching to make sure they do what is right, attend lectures and maintain sexual purity. “However, with every action comes a reaction, every decision comes a repercussion or reward, be wise , do not let the world deceive you. Let the value deposited in you both from ISL and home work for you. You represent the family, alma-mater and yourself” She added

Bimbo Manuel– a notable actor, director, writer, broadcaster, audio-visual content developer and fashionista, was one of the guest speakers at the event. The actor had a lot to tell the graduating students. He congratulated them and charged them to praise themselves. “Praise yourselves, no matter what people say because it was not easy” he said. He further said that whatever they become is their decision and that they should be the best in whatever choice they make. The actor said that they should never give up as real life doesn’t give awards for efforts but only results. He admonished the outgoing students from doing things to satisfy people. He asked them to shun cultism but remember the child of who they are. He charged them to understand and speak English, be computer literate, never forget God, stay connected, be friends and never make a life-long enemy for themselves and think out of the box. His words “ If you can’t think out of the box, you are not ready for the new and emergent world. Break traditions, apply traditional knowledge to the new ways of learning things, disrupt tradition, invent, create, be a different one, not one who knows the old ways best; it is not useful to you. Do not stop your quest for knowledge else things will die. Your dreams and friends will change; you become limited in your thinking, let God be your constant companion”

Leaving them with a watchword, he says “Be indispensable” People will look for you when you have what they need and no one has it.

The special guest of honour Dr. Oboman in his address pointed out some of the things that may distract them. His words “ The first distraction are peers; choose good friends so you can pass. If you follow bad friends, you will fall. The second distraction is the social media, but you must learn how to control it. Thirdly stay off drugs. Fourthly, stay off alcohol and lastly rest. Reflect what has been and what is to come.”

The event which was anchored by Mr. Oluwaseun Ajidagba ended with a beautiful display of the culture of the country in the by the school’s cultural troup. There was also a change of baton – outgoing head boy/girl and their assistants, launching of the yearbook, cutting of the graduation cake, presentation of awards to the outstanding students. Mr. Popoola A.O (VP Administeration) gave a vote of thanks.


Speaking with Ogefash Blog at the end of the event, Ifeoluwa Are, (The overall best graduating student 2018 set) said though the journey through ISL was tough, but God almighty, the dedicated and caring teachers of ISL, loving parents and siblings, supporting friends, hardwork and personal determination made him achieve the feat.

“I.S.L as a school has the highest level of qualification in terms of experienced teachers and staff. It is definitely the best school to go to”


Also, Daikpor Edeseimi Immaculata (The outgoing head girl of the school-2018 set) has this to say Aargh! I am so happy to be here today and very thankful too because the journey here wasn’t easy. These six years have been a blast and I am leaving with no regrets. I have learnt more about myself and how to have good relationship with others.

“I.S.L is a school that prepares us rigorously for the outside world. The teachers are disciplined and friendly. I love the fact that our classes are always very interactive as our teachers always encourage us to participate in class so we can voice out our opinions on the topic being taught. It is a school situated in a conducive area. We have great facilities such as basketball courts, a good sick bay and lots more. Renowned for its excellent academic result.”


In the same vein,  Samuel Adebiyi Adekunle (The outgoing head boy of the school- 2018 set) said “Wow! 6 years are already up. Honestly it looks so fast. The experience was indeed nice. The role of a head boy was challenging but interesting as well. I can not forget ISL. I will miss the hustling, playing football and so on”.

“I.S.L is spectacular. The joy I feel can’t be expressed in words. The teachers are not only qualified but remarkable, so also the principal, vice principal and the students.The facilities are out of the world and there is good power supply, state of the art basket ball court, large classrooms well equipped with whiteboards, good lightning. We also have a terrific football field and  an adequate computer lab. ISL is one of its kind. For you to have been admitted into the school, it means you are brilliant, count yourself worthy and privileged to be a student. ISL boasts of intelligent students who have won so many laurels both in academic and co-curricular competitions; a visit to the Principal’s office, and you will see all our trophies.”



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