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IHS Class of ’95 Set

It all started off on a BBM group in 2013, after a get together by a few determined men and women considered as the founding members of the association at a restaurant. The Founding members and their pictures at the meeting with a picture gallery of the very first reunion can be seen below:

  • Donald Eboigbe
  • Folagbade Azeez
  • Sade Sonaike (Nee Adebulugbe)
  • Kalu Balogun
  • Tega Okandeji (Nee Edokpolor)
  • Mojisola Obasi (Nee Ayoade)
  • Kevin Soje
  • Kenneth Asiegbu
  • Aniedi Ntia
  • Ugonna Okpala

A meeting/reunion held by these few members at a fast-food joint back in 2015 gave birth to the more organized and constituted association known as Ikeja high School Class of 95 Association we have today. The group officially started off with 20 members in 2015 with Folagbade and Sade Adebulugbe as administrators, while Donald Eboigbe and Ibraheem Adeneye who also joined the team of administrators were instrumental in bringing most members to the forum. Shortly after setting up the WhatsApp group that year, there was a plan to reunite all members by organizing the very first mega reunion party. An event that will forever be remembered by many as the unifying occasion that attracted several other members within Nigeria and across the globe.

In 2020, the need to have a constituted leadership became imperative for the association as divergent opinions over issues began to threaten the continuous existence of the association. A year that was also considered the right and an appropriate time to elect the very first executive team that would oversee the daily running of the association and handle all local and international related activities. The inaugural election was organized by the administrators between 22nd July to 24th July 2020 with the result announced on July 25, 2020. This election produced the very first team of executive who were immediately sworn in on July 26, 2020 after presenting each elected officer with his certificate of return.

  1. Identifying and organizing the alumni of IHS class 95 all over the world and the promotion of the welfare of its members.
  2. To initiate, support and collaborate in any viable project or projects, programs by the school’s administration, charitable organizations, Parents Teachers Association of the School, the governing board of the school, corporate organizations other chapters of the IHS, its global body, individuals and any organization or body interested in the wellbeing of the school.
  3. To promote cordial relationships and interaction among members as well as ensure the continued reflection in their lives, of intellectual, moral, social, cultural, and other noble ideals for which the Association stands.
  4. To keep alive the affection which every IHS Class of 95 member has by continually giving updated information on the general progress of the Association, wellbeing of members thereby encouraging intellectual, moral and financial contributions toward the association.
  5. To promote the intellectual, academic, business, health, and general growth of members in all fields of human endeavor. The Association derives its strength from members and will ensure that its membership fully represents all segments of the Nigerian society.
  6. To work for the unity, progress, and wellbeing of all members.
  7. To promote mutual understanding and co-operation among members of the association.
  8. To serve as a forum for interaction of all members of the Class of 1995.
  9. The Association will maintain a program of general information to its members, provide opportunities for professional interaction and make available a broad variety of benefits members derive from belonging to the association.
  10. To promote the ideals of the association generally
  11. To support Ikeja High School morally and financially in implementing valuable educational programs.
  12. To co-operate with all other voluntary and non-profitable organizations in particular and other organizations in general for the attainment of the aims and objectives of the association.

Notable achievement of IHS Class of 95 Association include:

  • The first physical meeting of the association held on November 26, 2021, which is the most recent event of the association saw IHS class of 1995 present a 7.5KVA Inverter and Solar System to the school to help in powering the computer room and one or two administrative buildings.
  • Donation of a sum of one million naira as part of its giveback initiatives towards our Alma Mata in November 2020.
  • The group had also donated other educational aids to Ikeja High School through ad-hoc committees set up to oversee special functions.
  • In the midst of all these, we’ve also had a share of our dark hours when we lost three members. The group once again showed solidarity by offering monetary support to the families of the bereaved in those darkest moments.
  • A reunion party was also organized to reunite members after 20 years in 2015. The group considered it necessary at the time to organize a get together to foster relationship among our members and get to know one another better. On November 27, 2021, the association had it’s second reunion party, which was graced by the former Principal of IHS, Mr. Olasoji and teachers.
  • Also notable among the group’s achievements is the organization of its very first election to elect executives to steer the leadership of the Association. The election produced the President, the Vice President, the General Secretary. the Assistant General Secretary, the Provost and the Financial Secretary/Treasurer was held between July 21st to July 22nd of 2020. The appointment of these officers has brought about purpose, focus, mutual respect, discipline, and innovations among members.
  • The new executive has also set up special committees to handle several other functions which include the Project Committee, the Welfare Committee, the academic and Mentoring Committee and several others. The various committees and their functions are clearly stated in the newly drafted Association’s constitution.
  • There is also the Masterclass session which holds fortnightly where experts are invited to make a well-grounded presentation on issues of current relevance to enrich, improve and retain our skills and knowledge in different sphere of life.

Meet the Excos

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Clara Ekwe

PRESIDENT
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The Profile of Clara Ekwe

Clara Otekpe Ekwe was born to the family of John and Margaret Oaikhiena on the 26th of February 1976.

After her Primary Education in the Ikeja area of Lagos, she was admitted to Ikeja High School, Ikeja for her Secondary Education. She had her Diploma Certification in Mass Communication at The Polytechnic Ibadan. She thereafter proceeded to study Business Administration at the University of Lagos where she graduated with honors.

She is currently at the last stage of becoming a certified member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA), a UK professional accounting body.

Her work experiences span from working with media houses such as Thisday Newspaper to Public Relations firms, JSP Corporate Communications, then to the defunct Standard Trust Bank Ltd ( now United Bank of Africa ), where she worked in different capacities from the Corporate Affairs Department to the Office of the CEO. People relations skills saw her moving to the core banking operations as Customer Service Officer.

Over the years, she has put her Business Administration knowledge and skills to play as a successful entrepreneur. She is currently the Executive Director in charge of Operations & Business Development at Clobek Nigeria Limited, a Real Estate development company that has birthed three state of-the-art estates in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city. These are TFP Vintage Homes Wuye, Clobek Crown Estate Lugbe, and presently Pleasant Places Apo. Her strategic position in Marketing has led in no small means to the success of the company.
She is also the Chief Executive Officer, Style Statement Stitches, a dress making outfit with clientele bases in Nigeria, USA, UK and Canada. She also heads Evelyn Tailor School of Fashion Design, which has trained and empowered many female entrepreneurs since its inception.

She is a strong advocate for the girl child education, and, as Chief Executive Officer of Yeniden Int’l Foundation, offers scholarships to indigent children, empowers widows and orphans, employs auxillary teachers for schools, and carries out medical outreach programs, all in the rural areas.

As a devout christian, Mrs Ekwe, through her foundation is actively involved in missionary works in the mission’s field and serves in various leadership positions in her local church assembly.

As a hobby, Mrs Ekwe is a skillful drama minister, and passionately uses that medium for evangelism and has played active roles in notable Christian film productions.

Mrs Ekwe is married and blessed with children.

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Babatunde Faro

VICE PRESIDENT
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The Profile of Babatunde Faro

Tunde Faro was born at Ebute Metta, Lagos, Nigeria the main access route linking mainland Lagos to the three main Island of Victoria, Ikoyi and Lagos Islands in 1977. He was born to late Mr. Emmanuel Adesoji Faro and Madam Titilola Ariori and was raised by his oldest sister, Olamide. He later reunited with his mum as he gained admission into the prestigious Ikeja High School in 1990. Despite his struggle with Amblyopia from birth, he emerged as the best graduating student in elementary school with high merits in the First school leaving certificate and with an excellent result in the National Common Entrance Examination.

He excelled in his West African Examination Council and his Polytechnic Exams to gain admission into the Federal Polytechnic Bida in 1996, where he obtained his National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and later gained admission by direct entry into The Federal University of Technology, Akure to pursue his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He met the love of his life, Tolulope in his final year, but shortly embarked on his National Youth Service Program. He got his first job with Mettle Energy located at Bourdillon, Ikoyi, two buildings away from the former Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s residence. He joined Ariosh Limited, a laser scanning company in partnership with the American based Technology company, Quantapoint in 1997 as one of the first set of Design Engineers to use Laser scanning technology for upgrade, replacement and revamp projects of major oil platforms and refineries in West Africa. He worked on several Oil facilities owned by ExxonMobil, Chevron, Total and Agip during this time. His advanced skill in the use of 3D laser technology to generate 3D models was critical for these companies’ capital projects execution.

In February 2012 he joined Quantapoint Nigeria Limited as a Digital Facility Engineer where he supervised all Digital Facility related activities on refinery projects in West Africa for such major oil companies as Exxonmobil, Shell and Chevron, As will be further outlined below, he gained special knowledge of the Quantapoint organization’s proprietary software, including Prism 3DTM, QuantaCADTM, QuantascanTM , and AccesPointTM, He has special knowledge of Quantapoint’s patented Digital FacilityTM, service, and proprietry techniques for 3D laser modelling, design verification and fabrication verification, which represents trade secrets of the company. He was one of the very few employees in the organization globally that held an advanced level of skill performing 3D modelling using these patented software in combination with the Aveva PDMS software, one of the most complex and challenging plant design and engineering software package at the time.

He worked on various projects while at Quantapoint Limited. His diligence was later rewarded with an offer letter at the Quantapoint Headquarters in Texas and was immediately transferred to the Operation office in Canonsburg Pennsylvania to manage digital facility related activities for key client projects in the United States. He was tasked with specific projects for ExxonMobil and Dow Chemicals. His niche expertise saw him, along with his few colleagues, digitize the ExxonMobil Beaumont and Torrance California refineries remotely from Pennsylvania. Among various projects executed within his two years with the American company include the digitization of Dow Chemical facilities, nuclear power plants facilities and several other key clients’ assets.

He later joined BASF, the biggest chemical company in the world in 2016 as the company’s CAD specialist. He is currently the coordinator of the North American Technical Network for CAD in BASF North America.

In 2020, he entered the political fray by contesting for the position of the Vice President of IHS class of 95 and was elected the same year as the deputy to Mrs. Clara Ekwe who emerged as the President of the organization in a keenly contested election.

He’s married to Tolulope Faro, and blessed with three lovely children, Tanto, Tiwa and Toluwani.

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Kehinde Oyesomi

GENERAL SECRETARY
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The Profile of Kehinde Oyesomi

Kehinde Oyesomi holds BSc (2004), MSc (2007) and PhD (2013) degrees in Mass Communication. She also obtained a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Communications from North West University, South Africa in 2018. 

She has 15 years working experience spanning journalism, corporate communications and teaching.

Award winner during her undergraduate (Best student in Media Planning, overall best student in Public Relations and Advertising), NYSC days in Enugu State where she researched and wrote a book on HIV/AIDS that was circulated round secondary schools in the State and several research papers and grants awardee, Dr. Oyesomi has since traversed wider terrains in different but related fields of media and gender, indigenous communication, development communication, Journalism and Public Relations.

She is a Senior Lecturer as well as the Head of Department of Mass Communication, Covenant University. She is currently the founder/Editor-in-chief of “Cooperative World”, a magazine publication of Covenant University.

Passionate and energetic in matters of women and children, indigenous communication and community development service, Dr. Oyesomi is a member of the International Association for Minority Language Media Research (IAMLMR), African Council for Communication Education (ACCE),  Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), South African Communications Association (SACOMM), Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) among other international bodies and fora, and she is a reviewer and editorial board member for several local and international journals.

She has published in several local and international high impact journals. She also has book chapters and an edited book to her credit.

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Abiodun Philip

ASST. GEN SECRETARY
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The Profile of Abiodun Philip

Abiodun is a Builder by profession. He was born on December 24th, 1977 at Ikeja, Lagos State. He attended Local Government Primary School GRA Ikeja and Ikeja High School GRA Ikeja.

He is a graduate of Yaba College of Technology where he studied Building Technology. Abiodun has worked with different private construction firms but currently works with Federal University Oye-Ekiti as a Builder.

He is married to Mrs Phillips Ayomiposi Temitope and they are blessed with two children. Abiodun is a strong fan of Liverpool FC. YNWA. His hobbies include: reading, football and documentaries.

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Olufunke Agosu

FINANCIAL SECRETARY/TREASURER
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The Profile of Olufunke Agosu

Agosu, Modinat Adekorede Olufunke was born to the family of Barrister Oluwakemi Adeleke and Mrs Abike Sarah Borokini on July 26, 1976 at Ebuta Meta, Lagos State. She was raised by her late aunt, Mrs. Modupeola Ajibola and her husband whom she grew up to know as her parents.

She started her educational sojourn at Ikeja primary school from 1984 to 1989. Then proceeded to the Great Ikeja High School in the year 1990 to 1995.

In the year 1995 while preparing for her West African Certificate Examination, her cousin Adeolu Adeneye preached a salvation message to her and she decided to give her life to the Lord and till date she is still serving the Lord.

After her graduation from Ikeja High School in the year 1995, she worked as a store keeper in the defunct Daily Times Newspaper as a store clerk with her O’ level result. She was admitted into Moshood Abiola Polytechnic to study Diploma in Public Relations in the year 1998 to 2000. She did her industrial training at the Lagos State University College of Medicine Ikeja where her employer retained her as a temporary staff because of her outstanding performance.

In August 2002, she was fully employed into the service of the Lagos state University College of Medicine as an Assistant Executive Officer and has since rose through to the rank of Principal Executive officer 1 which is her current status.

Agosu Olufunke worked in various departments including faculty of Dentistry where she acted in the capacity of Faculty officer.  As the Administrative officer in charge of internally generated fund for the Faculty of Dentistry, she supervises the nurses capturing the patients for the OPG X-Ray.

She served as secretary to various committees such as the:

  1. Maiden Faculty day ceremony committee,
  2.  Quality Assurance Committee till date
  3. Examination malpractice for the faculty of basic clinical sciences till date.

In the same year 2002, she gained admission into the Lagos State University for her first degree to study Public Relations and Advertising on part-time basis. In 2016, she enrolled in an Aviation school for 3 months and was certified on Airline Ticketing and hotel reservations. After graduation, she registered her own Travel Agency outfit.

She later obtained her master’s degree in communication studies from Lagos State University. She married her best friend, confidant and the love of her life, Agosu Albert on July 25, 2005 after two years of courtship. They are blessed with three beautiful kids.

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Akeem Adebayo

PROVOST
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The Profile of Akeem Adebayo

Adebayo Akeem Gbadebo is the first child of Mr & Mrs Adebayo Ahmed. He was born on the December 26, 1977 in Mushin, Lagos State.

The father is a retired police officer while the mother is a trader. He attended Odu –Abore Memorial Primary School in Mushin, before proceeding to ikeja Primary School, ikeja to complete the First School Leveing Certificate. He attended Ikeja High School, ikeja for his Secondary School education and graduated in 1995.

Akeem attended Mathematics & Statistics at Kwara State Polytechnic (OND & HND). He had his NYSC in Bayelsa State (kolokuma /Opokuma) Local Govt Area in a village called Sampou. He’s married to Esther (Igbo Lady) and they are blessed with three kids, Afolabi, Afolarin & Afolawe.

Presently, Akeem works with Solpia Group of company as the head of Rules Management in Human resources dept at the factories in Agege and Mushin in Lagos.

Akeem hobbies are teaching, reading, and listening to Music. He is a Christian with Muslim background. He loves football and is a big fan of Manchester United FC. Akeem is an indigene of Falokun Oja, in ifelodun Local Govt Area of Kwara state.

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