By Felix Oti, Awka

It was a moment of glitz and glamour as Christ the King College (CKC) Onitsha Old Boys Association, Class of 2001, rolled out drums to celebrate their 20th anniversary in Awka, the Anambra State Capital, restating that CKC remains the best school in Anambra state among equals.

The fun-filled event which attracted members of the class from all walks of life both at home and in diaspora presented an opportunity for laughter, hugs, handshakes, back-slapping, reminiscing, exchange of business cards and other pleasantries as they celebrate love at a roundtable. exclusively reports that the gathering provided a moment for the old students to reflect on how far life has been to them two decades after leaving the college and having, possibly, graduated from universities before venturing into one business or the other.

It also provided an opportunity for the former schoolmates to, among other things, discuss the current state of economic and political transition in Nigeria, and the economic policies of the federal government, which they said have visited unexpected poverty and hardship on Nigerians.

The development was emphasised by the guest speaker who is also an Old Boy of the school, Class of 1976, Prof.Ken Nwogu, who anchored his topic on the theme of the event”Return, Reunite and Reflect”.

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Prof Nwogu of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka charged members of the set to always reflect on the C.K.C’s motto which is Bonitas Disciplina Scientia and when translated from Latin to English, means Goodness, Discipline and Knowledge.

Prof. Ken Nwaogu addressing the press

He emphasized the need for the celebrating set to always reflect on the strong moral character the Alma Mata provides to navigate the harsh economic realities in the Country.

Chairman cutting the cake

His words: ‘I urge this set to reunite, reflect, so when you reflect the motto of the almamata, let the ideals of the motto, be our guiding principle as we forge ahead”.

“It is a great thing in my life passing through Christ the King College and Christ the King College passed through me. The foundation of my life was laid at CKC and that foundation; is what is sustaining not just me but all of you gathered here”.

However,  the Chairman of the organizing committee,  Surveyor Arinze Emedosi (QS) said that one of the reasons for the gathering was to reunite and network. When you network, things happen.

Chairman of organizing committee Surveyor Arinze

The organisers, Izuchukwu Ezenwosu, Ifeanyi Stephen Ochije, and Uchenna Ezeuka among others reflected on the sacrifices made by some classmates to make the reunion, a reality and commended all those that contributed towards the success of the reunion, especially the committee members.

On his part, a media practitioner, and an Old Boy, 2001 set, Benson Osadebe maintained that CKC shaped their moral fabrics to be better citizens of Nigeria.

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They insisted that some of the teachers who contributed to shaping their growing minds are what the world needs now even as the class of 2001, presented awards to them in honour of their hard work, diligence and commitment to duty while they were students.

Old boys feeling happy during the event

The awardees include Mrs. Edith Madueke ( Biology teacher) 

Mrs. Ezebueme Onuabuchi  (Igbo teacher) 

Mrs. Chukwuka Chude ( Agriculture Teacher) 

Mrs.  Uduh Francis Amaka (Maths Teacher) and Mr.Eze Michael Ngaaleme (Physics Teacher).

Some of the awardees

In her reaction, Mrs Madueke  Edith said: ” For them to realise that we did something in their lives is a thing to thank God for. 

‘Am so happy for them to give me this honour because  I know it is an honour. We lived with all of them as parents and today, they have grown. 

‘I appreciate them. Am happy that some of them are married with kids, some lecturers, some working in big offices. I am happy for them and God will bless them. 

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Another awardee, Mrs. Ezebueme Onuabuchi (Odoziaku, Igbo teacher) said:  “I am so happy and short of words on what I saw today. As I always pray in my house,  any child that had the voice of Odoziaku as a teacher that God should bless them. Anyone that teaches in Christ the King got something. 

Some of the fallen old boys were remembered and a minute silence was observed in their honour. 

Group picture after the event in Awka reports that Christ the King College (C.K.C) Onitsha which was established in 1933 seeks to be a learning community, offering its students a well-rounded, world-class, International education. The college offers a broad education interweaving academic study and co-curricular activity within a framework of pastoral care in which each part is an essential component, just as every strand of a tapestry brings essential value to a total work of Art and Science. CKC seeks to develop the whole person and that is what the Class of 2001 were moulded after as they foster their scholastic, spiritual, creative, physical, personal and social growth while maintaining the fame of the college that lasts forever.

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