In 2005, I changed school from Kingsway school in Ibafo to Mayflower school Ikenne. I was excited at first. It was something myself and brother had longed for. It finally came and so we greeted the development with a full glee. We had traveled earlier to write the entrance exam and the sight was breathtaking. It was the largest school we ever saw in the whole of our little life. We really couldn’t imagine such an expanse of land being a single school. What we saw was sufficient to establish 2 private universities.
Today, I am caught in the breeze of remembrance, and I am throwing some words around my memories.
Name: Ridwan Adelaja
Graduate Set: Exmay 2009
Joined: 2005 as a transferred student
Class deployed: JS2
Class teacher: Sir Ayodele Kolawole (Ajanlekoko)
Jss2 taught me to believe in myself, and learn to adapt to a new environment. Ikenne was a new setting for me in 2005. I’d left a private school in Ibafo where 15 to 20 students were all that made up a class. At Mayflower school, you are in a class with nearly over 70 students. Your final exam will be graded and tallied against a crazy student population of about 800+.
Class teacher: Mr Adedayo (Village boy)
Jss3 started on a positive note. I met and mixed with new faces. Mr Adesanya, our integrated science teacher, dealt with me more. He was always asking too many questions. And, most times, I got flogged for missing it. In jss3, I discovered the real Ridwan Adelaja. I discovered that the “me in me” could do and achieve whatever I put my heart to. I remembered I re-schooled myself in mathematics with the help of Adeniyi Sile. I’d hated the course all along but eventually had a significant breakthrough in Js3. I remember entering into “Junior” Waec with so much confidence that I volunteered to teach my late friend Ali Mustapha.
Dept. recommended by school: ART CLASS
Signed undertaken into SCIENCE CLASS
Cleared as SCIENCE STUDENT
Class Teacher: Sir Solarin (Show)
My senior secondary story is a narration for another day. Too many things happened. Every day can be classified as a different chapter: you go to school as early as possible, return very late, you attend too many classes and struggle with too many assignments. In the senior secindary, I got more scared of the assembly ground. My colleagues can relate. If you make it to the end of the gathering without getting flogged, punished or sent back home, you deserve a celebration of a sort. Every morning, all I looked forward to hearing from the school principal was the assembly disparsing chorus of: “pick pieces of paper as you go to your classes.”
My Guardian: Sir Sharafadeen Akindunni
My biggest fear as a student: Getting Called On Stage.
My Wish: I wish I met Tai Solarin
Colleagues: Engr Showunmi Oluwatosin, Engr Sile Adeniyi Yusuf, Biochemist Adebakin Yewande, Late Ali Mustapha, Engr Asafa Ibrahim Oluwatobiloba, Pharm. Ifede Kehinde Demilade, Oladunjoye Isaac Mayowa, Adesanya Damilare, Adigun Rihanat Mayowa, David Hinvi, Oresanya Olafimihan …
Today, I am a combination of my old class teachers -funny, motivational, teach-until-you-understand. It’s amazing meeting these people. You cannot attend Mayflower Ikenne and regret. We keep Pressing4Progress. We believe dreams are achievable through perseverance and never-say-no spirit. It’s the Kalakuta spirit.
I have to stop here. My name is Ridwan Adelaja -student number 20121.