October 19, 2018 7.00AM / Goddy Jidenma Foundation
16 October, 2018 was indeed a day marked out for the celebration of excellence in Birch Freeman High School as Goddy Jidenma Foundation presented the Award of Excellence to the Valedictorian of the 2018 class.
Goddy Jidenma Foundation, a reputable Non-Governmental Organizaton, well-recognized for its laudable efforts in promoting and encouraging excellence among students instituted this Prize of excellence in memory of Arc Goddy Jidenma, to spur hard work and academic excellence.
The award of excellence since its institution in Birch Freeman High School, in November 2014 has yearly presented students who emerged the best in WASSCE with monetary awards.
The event for this year, had students from the various classes of the Senior Secondary section gathered in an assembly at 11:25am and started with a welcome address by the Vice Principal Mrs Adediran Olapade. The representative of Goddy Jidenma Foundation – the Program Executive, Ms Uchenna Ozugha addressed the students on the various ways to reach the zenith of academic success of which hard work, is paramount. At the end of her speech, the winner of the award of excellence for 2018, Master Mustapha Ibrahim was presented with the award.
Filled with joy, the father of the award winner, Mr. Jamiu Ibrahim expressed his gratitude to Goddy Jidenma Foundation for honouring his son with such an award. The Principal of the School, Mrs Oluwakemi Oke, further thanked the Foundation for establishing and sustaining such a landmark scheme that encourages and motivates the students to strive for excellence and do their best so as to be recipients of the award.
The event was rounded off with a closing speech from the Vice Principal of the School, Mrs. Adediran Olapade who further reiterated that the benefits of hard work is indeed success, urging the students to have this as a target.
It will be noted that Goddy Jidenma Foundation commenced the institution of prizes of excellence and public speaking in schools in 2007 with the inaugural edition at the Loyola Jesuit College Abuja to mark the first year memorial anniversary of Arc Goddy Foundation and the founding of the Foundation by his widow, Dr Ije Jidenma. Other prizes have since been successfully established at the Nnamdi Azikiwe High School, Abagana and Ezike High School, Nibo both in Anambra State and at the Pacelli School for the Blind in Lagos State.
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