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December 2021 Newsletter

Gratitude and Farewell

Esteemed alumni:

Thank you for your dedication, support, and prayers over the past five years as the president of our association. On September 25, 2021at our 17th national reunion in the beautiful city of Las Vegas, my tenure ended. The members elected a new president to lead our association. In addition, members elected a new national treasurer to manage our finances.

The honor of serving you has been one of the highlights of my life. The administration’s achievement could not have been possible without your support and prayers. I thank my predecessors for laying the foundation for our association’s progress since its inception.

After serving an unprecedented five years as the national president, I must say this experience has been one of the highlights of my life. So, I start by thanking you for all the support and prayers. It has been an incredible journey indeed! I give a special appreciation to my family for their understanding and support. God is good!

Here are some updates I would like to share with you:

1. National Elections As I stated above, the result for the two elective offices is as follows:

a. Office of the National President: Mr. Olufemi Adeola (class of 1979;

b. Office of the National Treasurer: Mrs. Olamide Okikiolu (class of 1981;

2. National Reunion

Salt Lake City, UT

3. Finance

a. Bank balances

First, I thank you for your financial support through the years. Second, I humbly report to you that our finances are more robust. Over the past five years, the checking account balance via annual alumni dues donations increased significantly by 77%. In addition, the savings account balance, i.e., endowment, increased by 33%. I will be forever grateful to you for your support. Your dedication is second to none, and despite the effects of the pandemic, you rose to the occasion! May the good Lord reward you kindly for your commitment.

Due to security reasons, i.e., hacking, our exact financial figures cannot be published on this platform. Nonetheless, I provided a detailed copy of our financial records to the Board of Directors. You may also contact the president or the treasurer for details.

Mr. Femi Adeola:;

Mrs. Olamide Okikiolu:;

Also, I encourage you to visit our website for more information ( and click on the payment center tab).

b. Alumni dues donation

2021: 42 donors

2020: 45 donors

2019: 44 donors

2018: 46 donors

2017: 44 donors

4. Alma mater

A. Education Reform Initiative

The administration established the program in 2018 to increase student achievement by encouraging boarding school education for students. Additionally, we included the issue of teacher retention and class reduction, i.e., teacher-student ratio, in the initiative.

2021/22 academic year:

a. Boarding house scholarship program

# of students on full scholarship (2021/22 school year: 9 students

(includes two private, i.e., alumni sponsorships)

b. Teacher retention program

# of full-time teachers sponsored with full salaries (2021/22): 4 teachers

2020/21 academic year

a. Boarding house scholarship program

# of students on full scholarship (2020/21 school year: 2 students

b. Teacher retention program

# of full-time teachers sponsored with full salaries (2020/21): 5 teachers

2019/20 academic year

a. Boarding house scholarship program

# of students on full scholarship (2019/20 school year): 3 students

b. Teacher retention program

# of full-time teachers sponsored with full salaries (2019/20): 5 teachers

5. Communication

a. Newsletter

The monthly newsletter, established in 2017, kept our members well-informed on the status of our association. As a tool used to share relevant and valuable information with alumni and other stakeholders, we ensured the publication of a newsletter every month.

b. Donation notification

Our patrons received immediate notifications of all donations made to the association. We promptly published the names of all donors on our website. We urge you to visit our website and click on the payment center tab for all annual donations.

I assure you that the state of our association is and will continue to be strong. I implore you to continue your strong support for the new administration. Your financial support since the birth of the association made it possible for all the accomplishments our association has achieved. Our new president and his administration are committed to the progress of our association, and your FULL support and prayers will ensure more progress. I also urge you to be proactive in the welfare of our association and stay connected.

I want to commend our outgoing national treasurer, Mr. Femi Akinola (class of 1977), for a great job in managing our financial books. As I promised at the start of my term, our financial books are robust, relevant, and transparent. A promise made, and a promise kept!

Finally, I would like to recognize the dedication of the ladies and gentlemen who served with me on the executive board. Words alone cannot express my gratitude and admiration for all their sacrifice to the progress of our association. I will always be indebted to their outstanding service and sacrifice.

Again, I thank you for all your support. It has been a privilege and honor to serve the association. As I bid you farewell, I would end by quoting the great Apostle Paul, ” I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” I wish you well, and may God bless you.

Up School!


Best Regards

Shina Oshinuga

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