Lagos, the hub of commercial activities and economic bedrock of West Africa stood still on Thursday, 28th June 2018. Parents, distinguished guests and students of Bridge House College trooped into the Shell Hall at the Muson Centre Onikan, Lagos to celebrate yet another set of ‘global shapers’ – 165 students who have successfully completed their 1 year University Foundation or 2 year Cambridge A’Level Programmes, sufficiently equipped with requisite skills, competence and grit to become ‘Flag Bearers’ for this generation. Abraham Lincoln in one of his speeches once said, ‘if you can’t stand up, stand out’. The flag bearers of this generation, Bridge House College Class of 2018, stood and stood out right before all. From the quality of speeches and lecture by Special Guests to the doyen poetry by stellar students and maestro music performances, one can undoubtedly conclude that Nigeria’s Pre-eminent Sixth Form College, BHC has successfully forged yet another set of youngsters, into formidable forces ready to shape the narrative and reality of Africa before the world.
The glorious occasion was chaired by Alh Abdulsamad Rabiu, CON, Chairman, BUA Group, Guest Speaker, Mrs Toyosi Akerele, CEO, RISE Africa, Special Guests of Honour, Ms Ronke Onadeko, Mrs Dame Abimbola Fashola, Guests of Honour: Senator Khairat Abdulrazaq-Gwadabe, Mrs Sarah Sosan (Former Deputy Governor, Lagos state) graced the epoch-making event alongside other distinguished personalities.
The Chairman, Alh Abdulsamad Rabiu, CON in his opening remark, congratulated the College and graduate students for the successful completion of their pre-university education, which is just one key step in preparing them for the future.
He urged the young graduands to stay away from infamous societal vices including drugs, internet fraud, terrorism amongst many others; to be committed to self-improvement, innovation and to aim to lead positive change impact in their communities and the world. To be hardworking and also maintain the highest possible level of integrity in whatever field or place they find themselves. He said, “In any field of endeavour you find yourself, in the various corners of the world or here at home, you must continue to be excellent ambassadors of your family, the College and ultimately, great ambassadors of our beautiful country, Nigeria. You should always strive to be the best and let your attitude and unreserved commitment to hard work and integrity show the society that you are a graduate of BHC.”
He expressed his profound gratitude to the Management of BHC for maintaining standards beyond expectation in our part of the world.
He said, “As a proud parent whose Son is also graduating today, I can confidently recommend Bridge House College to anyone, anywhere in the world. Personally, I have seen the impact of this school on my son, Khalifa and I must say I am beyond impressed. The quality of instruction and the social skills imparted are comparable with other excellent schools anywhere in the world. I must say that I am now convinced to send my other kids here and I will also urge others to do same.”
In appreciation of the outstanding work, BHC is doing in the field of education in Nigeria, grooming young leaders of global relevance, Alh. Abdulsamad announced that the Board of BUA Group has decided to make a donation of N50million Naira through the BUA Foundation to further support the vision of the college in becoming an international world-class institution of learning as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives in Education. He added that “It is our firm belief that excellent institutions such as Bridge House College must be supported. I hereby enjoin the school to utilize the funds judiciously in upgrading and updating facilities at the school.”
Alhaji Abdulsamad urged the graduands to ‘Go and leave a positive mark on the world’ as the only way they can repay the parents of their investment in them.