IJEBU ODE GRAMMER SCHOOL IN PERSPECTIVE

1. James Johnson was born in 1836 in Sierra-Leone and maternally belong to the Gbelegbuwa Ruling House of Ijebu-Ode

2. Daniel Nathaniel Olusoga became the FIRST IJEBU MEDICAL DOCTOR when he retired in 1927 and Akinola Payne the FIRST LAWYER in 1890.

3.  S.J. Gansallo, the foundation Principal of Ijebu-Ode Grammar School graduated from Durham University (Fourah Bay) in 1896.

4.  Samuel Charles Phillips (1903) and I.O. Ransome-Kuti the successors to Gansallo as Principal, also attended the Durham University (Fourah Bay).

5. The Egba had their first Grammar School in 1908 (66 years after the advent of missionaries in their midst) while the Ijebus had theirs in 1913 (21 years after the Imagbon War that heralded the arrival of the Europeans)

6. Both the Ibadan Grammar School, Eko Boys High School in Lagos are exactly ONE WEEK younger than Ijebu-Ode Grammar School.

7.  While the Ijebus had their first Grammar School in 1913, the Ondos had theirs in 1919, Ijesas in 1932 and the Ekitis in 1936.

8.  The idea of establishing 1.O.G.S was first mooted at a meeting held on 2nd July, 1912 at Italupe.

9.  The Ijebu District Council of the Anglican Church made a grant of 20 pounds towards the establishment of I.O.G.S

10.  I.O.G.S started with 14 pupils in a house provided by J.B Sadare at 16, Ideyin Street, Ijebu-Ode.

11. I.O.G.S moved to Ita-Olowajoda, Oke-Ijasi Street in 1915, and finally moved to its present site in 1938.

12.  Scouting and the boarding house were introduced to I.O.G.S in 1920.

13.  The Rev.A.A. Efunkoya was the first indigene to become the Principal of I.O.G.S and he was nicknamed “Almighty” because he was considered tough.

14.  The number of pupils on enrolment at I.O.G.S stood at 14 in 1913; 49 in 1914, 145 in 1918, 203 in 1937; 360 in 1942 and over 3,000 in 2013.

15.  Benjamin O. Babafemi Kale was the first and only “boy” of I.O.G.S then, who put in for the Cambridge School Certificate in 1938 and was exempted from the London Matriculation with 7 credits.

16.  Between 1913 and 1938, a total of 969 students passed through I.O.G.S including the Rt. Revs. S.I. Kale and I.G.A. Jadesimi.

17.  On 9th August 1934, the foundation of the Science laboratory was laid, and the building eventually cost  £2,430.IIs.5d out of which 100 pounds loan was raised from the Ijebu Union of Teachers and 600 pounds from the Ijebu Native Administration.

18.  Samuel Charles Philips who was transferred from Abeokuta Grammar School to succeed Gansallo as Principal of I.O.G.S in 1915 and he was succeeded by I.O. Ransome –Kuti, also transferred from Abeokuta Grammar School, after he (Philips) had spent 3 years and 9 months as Principal. Ransome Kuti was Principal from 1919-1931. He was the first Chairman  of Association Head teachers/ class teachers, the forerunner of Nigeria Union of Teachers (N.U.T).

19.  A.A. Efunkoya succeeded Ransome-Kuti, as Principal in January 1932 and S.R.S. Nicholas from Gold Coast (Ghana) succeeded Efunkoya in 1946.

20.  Chief (Senator) Abraham Adesanya, the Afenifere leader was the Food Prefect of I.O.G.S in 1944.

21.   The Rev. later the Ven N.E. Ade Osisanya had been the longest serving principal of I.O.G.S (Jan 1958-Dec 1972).

Courtesy of: JOGS BUGLE MAGAZINE

Major Source: Ayandele, E. A. (1992):

The Ijebus’ of Yoruba Land, (1850-1950), with additional research input.