One of the prominent schools in Ibadan, Eleyele High School, located along Jericho in Ibadan, is turning 40 this weekend and many of the old students are leaving no stones unturned as they will be celebrating their Alma Mata in grand style. The School which has produced many prominent Nigerians who play big in many professions like medicine, law, banking, oil and gas, real estate, etc. will have many of the old students in attendance to celebrate and unwind.
In a chat with Mr Oladimeji Adepegba, the Ex-President of the Prestigious Secondary School, he revealed that the high school has produced many top Nigerians who are all doing well in their chosen careers. Engineer Hakeem Olasunkanmi Suara, a top NNPC official is one of the many old students of the school. Air Commodore Gabriel Adebayo, Pastor Kunle Ekerin (UK), Pastor Adewunmi Muhammed, Snr Adenike Oladipupo (UK base) Mr Rahman Olapade, are all old students making the school proud across the world.
So many professionals like, Barristers Olali, Barr Adeniran Adeyinka, Dr, Wasiu Olaniyi, Elder Segun Oladipupo are among the many prominent Nigerians that have gone through this citadel of learning.
Also included in the list of those who have written their names in gold are Abioye Oluwatoyin Adisa, Mr Kolawole Shittu, Pastors Adewunmi Mohammed, Dayo and Bunmi Ayoola, Mrs Bolanle Shoyombo, Mrs Baliqis Adebajo, Balarabe Maidabino and the current Cheif Imam of Sabo Ibadan, Sheik Abubakari. They can all proudly say that they passed through Eleyele High School, Ibadan.
How easy was it to achieve all they have done in a short while? The ex-President revealed that all accolades should be given to his predecessor. “To be candid, Snr Hakeem Suara, the pioneer president of the association sets a standard that we, his successors built on. I can say it categorically that with the little time we gathered, we have given back to our Alma Mata what other schools founded by the late Chief Bola Ige will try to emulate. Let me also say that this 40th anniversary is made possible by our die hearted philanthropist, a woman of substance that is ever ready to give back to the school that made her, Snr Adenike Oladipupo. She mobilized others to give back to the school. God in His infinite mercy will reward her,” he said.
Speaking on being the president of the old students’ association, he revealed that it is not easy. “You have to be a dust bin that receives all dirt. It is a hot seat where you cannot please everyone. It’s only God that can judge you. What has the association being able to do differently? We were able to refurbish the school hall, bought lawnmowers, donated a state of the heart ICT Centre with brand new computer sets, payment of both WAEC and NECO exam fees for indigent students, payment of tuition fee for old students in higher institutions, drilled borehole, distribution of uniform to all students, palliative was also given to needy members during the COVID-19 pandemic, empowerment of members, sports equipment, equipping library with current textbooks and free customized notebooks to all students.
Other prominent members of the old students are Alhaji Suleiman Kola Ajayi, Sulaiman Marshal, Omolara Owoyemi, Ajibade Musediq Yusuf, Taiwo Rufai Obasa, Pastor Sunday Ogo Ige, Mariam Okunade (Social Secretary), Elder Segun Oladipupo UK, the first senior girl, Esther Ajayi- Adewale, Wasiu Ambali Taiwan, Anges Emmanuel John, Olufunke Ajayi, Apakala Ademola Gbenga, Adeola Adenugba,Fagbero Adenike,Ganiyu Onaleye Uk , Toyin Bobata Soleye UK, Adeyinka Adeniran UK, Otunba Femi Agbonjinmi, Kola Samuel Olubunmi, Mallam Suraj Bello, Ogbeni Tilewa Folorunso (UK), High Cheif Adetoro (UK), Mr Moradeyo Abideen, Pastor Kazeem Adetunji John, Bunmi Onile Awe, Lanre Oginni Taiwo Agboola, Adeosun Samuel, Nurudeen Oyedeji, Taofeekat Oyedeji, Dr Henry Majaro, Mr Sina Oyalakun, Matina Alu, Tayo Oworu,Tokunbo Oworu,Mr Rali Opeyemi,Tony Ogundairo,Mufutau Ogunbadejo, Jonathan Eyitemi, Dr Mrs Felicia Elue, Sadiat Eyingede, Pastor Dele Ogunpeyin, Sadiq Badaru, Ahmad Musa, Mr Lanre Ojuare(USA), Scholastica Onu (USA), Dr Emeka Opara (USA), Yeyeoge Simbiat Jayeola (USA), Kehinde Saliu(USA), Caleb Odeyemi , Eng. Hakeem Suara, Adetunji Olaoluwa, Bolanle Soyombo, Kolawole Shittu , Alh Sulaimon Ajayi, Bolaji Sofela, Pastor Sunday Ogoigbe, Peter Grace Essiet, Bilikisu Saani Adebajo, Habolore Sheu Rauf , Adenike Adesanya, Pastor Bamidele Olasupo, Yahaya Sulaimon Adeniyi, Kehinde Adebayo, Kehinde Saliu Babs, Funmilola Fatunmbi Osunlolu, Salmat Mustapha Lawal, Olatunji Muslimot, Igiamoh Victor, Opatoyinbo Olumuyiwa, Ajibade Dahood, Suraj Adewale Bello, Njoku Olutola Faluyi, Pastor Hassan Olusola M, Taiwo Obasa , Rev Adebisi Peter Olufarati, Salaudeen Titilola Akinsanya , Adetoro Adegboyega, Saka Gafar Diekola , Akinleye Folasade, Ruth Udeh Owolabi, Otunba Femi Agbonjinmi, Faniran Folasade Olupona, Ojuare Olanrewaju Timothy (Due), Dr Udoh Inyang, Adeola Adenugba, Ajayi Olufunke, Risikat Bayonle Badmus ,, Yeyeoge Oluronke Simbiat Jayeola, USA <ØúÝ<ØøÝ,Kola Samuel Olubunmi, Ojuare Olubunmi Adejuyigbe, Doctor David Omoigiafo, Stephen Mustapha, Taiwo Patricia Modupe , Afolayan Senab Olufunmi, Lateef Basirat Molomo, Olasupo Tawa Amoo, Ayoola Micheal Oludayo , Ayoola Bunmi Oluday, Lekan Akintomide, Remmy Lanre Oginni, Olaniyi Olalekan Wasiu, Funmilayo Omodara Priceless, Esther Olowude Oladokun , Abioye Oluwatoyin, GRACE Harrison, Olatunji Latifat, Kemi Owolabi Fadipe, Titilayo Anthonia Edeoghon, Dr. Ayodele Martins Kalesanwo, Anthony Ogundairo, AMOO Babatunde, Ayodeji Olufemi Abioye, Oderinde Rafiat Ezeh, Sulaimon Kareem , Helen Macaulay Ohi, Nwogu Benjamin,, Emmanuel Destiny, Ayoola Tajudeen John, Mustapha Ashiat, Ezeala Kenneth, Olugbenga Abe, Ogunaike Nurudeen, Ogunbadejo Mufuta, Bisi Makinde, Yusuf Abdurahman, Awe Bunmi Onile , Ajayi Esther, Ayannuga Oluwayemisi, Lawal Ramat, Olajumoke, Aramide Nike Idowu, Morenike Adaranijo, Yisau Azeez Balarabe Bashir, and Adesina Oyalakun.