*Baptist Academy situated in Obanikoro, Lagos, is one of the oldest schools in Nigeria founded in 1855. A school this writer attended and when the Baptist Academy Old Students Association United Kingdom (BAOSA UK) embarked on raising funds to install Smartboards in classrooms at the school, thus began a journey to achieve the digitalization of the school’s Classrooms and Laboratories.
BAOSA UK is an organization set up to unite former students of Lagos Baptist Academy and to support the school via various “giving back” projects. The main focus is to continuously provide physical, financial, and moral support to the students and the school’s senior leadership team. Baptist Academy is affiliated to the Nigerian Baptist Convention. It is a sister school to Reagan Memorial Baptist Girls’ Secondary School, Yaba Lagos hence the involvement of activities together, home and abroad. The school was established by the American Baptist Missionaries.
BAOSA UK‘s goal is to raise £25,000.00 pounds ($30,508.50 US dollars) towards the digitalization of the school and purchase interactive smartboards, projectors, and laptops for the classrooms. The night of fundraising was a reunion night for many who live in the UK, who had not seen each other for years, and some since school. It took place in Bromley Kent, England U.K. Old students flew into the UK from Canada the US, Nigeria, and South Africa to name a few countries, who graced the event night.
Not even the rain on the day could mar the well-attended event. The keynote address was by an old student himself Dr Yemi Onifade in which he said…“To hand unto our children a banner without stain” encapsulates the profound aspiration to ensure that the values, traditions, and principles we hold dear are passed down to future generations in their purest and uncorrupted form. Give Me an Egg and I’ll Give You a Chicken: This carries profound lessons about life, growth, and potential. understanding the transformative power of investment and nurturing, remembering that the true value of a gift lies not in its price tag but in the positive impact it has on our lives and the lives of others.” Special mention to BAOSA UK ladies, Toks Oderinde and Sade Demuren, and others whose role leading up to the Gala night was pivotal in making the night a successful night and outcome. It must be said that other school associations came to support BAOSA UK’s worthy cause. BAOSA UK has as its president and Patron of the school, the indefatigable Dele Dada and Sam Areyenka as Vice President. October 28 2023 was a night to remember for BAOSA UK.
TAYO Fatunla whose work has been featured on MSN.com via EURweb.com is an award-winning British-Nigerian Comic Artist, Editorial Cartoonist, Writer, and Illustrator and is an artist of the African diaspora. He is a graduate of the prestigious Kubert School, in New Jersey, US, and recipient of the 2018 ECBACC Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award for his illustrated OUR ROOTS creation and series – Famous people in Black History – He participated at UNESCO’s Cartooning In Africa forum held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the Cartooning Global Forum in Paris, France and has held a virtual OUR ROOTS cartoon workshop for SMITHSONIAN- National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C. His Fela Kuti image is prominently featured in Burna Boy’s mega-Afrobeat hit song “Ye”. – https://www.instagram.com/tfatunla123
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