The Golden Entry Plus 1 reunion of the Ijebu Muslim College Old Students Association (IMCOSSA) from the 1973/77 set transcended mere commemoration; it metamorphosed into an extraordinary spectacle celebrating the enduring legacy of the alma mater. This grand reunion unfolded as a rich tapestry interwoven with nostalgia, benevolence, and unexpected delights, showcasing an unwavering commitment to the continuous growth of Ijebu Muslim College.
The day commenced with an enriching session, recognizing and rewarding outstanding students, buoyed by an impactful lecture from Engr Kayode Shote. His resonant words implored current students to not only excel academically but also draw inspiration from the rich experiences of their alumni. Shote's address became the catalyst for an extraordinary day, instilling pride in students for their affiliation with Ijebu Muslim College and urging them to strive for excellence.
A pivotal moment unfolded as Engr. Adeniyi Ogunsanya, a distinguished member of the 73/77 set, took the stage. In addition to pledging N500,000 per year for four years to support a female student pursuing engineering, the audience was moved by the unexpected generosity of the Chairman of the occasion, Otunba (Arc,) Sotinlewa Osifeso. Otunba Osifeso's substantial financial donation further fueled the collective effort towards the holistic development of Ijebu Muslim College, underscoring his unwavering commitment to the institution.
Goodwill messages from IMCOSSA's National President, Otunba Olawale Salami, and others emphasized the vital role of alumni in the institution's growth. Alhaji Ganiu Bello, President of the 73/77 set, and Asiwaju Taiwo Adeniji delivered welcome speeches, stressing the need for continued support and appreciation for their alma mater. The event climaxed with the presentation of awards to benefactors and outstanding members of the school set, adding a touch of recognition to the celebration.
The second session unfolded with the much-anticipated speech by the Guest Speaker, Prof Olukemi Abiodun Odukoya FAS, a distinguished professor of Natural Medicine. Her presentation on "Aging Radiant Health Solutions in Lifestyle Change Interventions" captivated the audience, offering insights that transcended traditional health discourse. The engaging discourse not only explored health solutions but also inspired a collective commitment to positive lifestyle changes, setting the tone for an evening of unexpected surprises.
Distinguished guests, including Chief Dr. Fassy Yusuf, the Otun Giwa of Egbe Bobagbimo Akile-Ijebu, and former Commissioner in Ogun State, added a sense of prestige. The Knowledge Hall, adorned with beautiful decorations and lighting, provided a fitting backdrop, with Otunba (Giwa) Adesanya Yusuf and Otunba Hammed Gafari serving as Chairman and Secretary, respectively.
As the official program concluded, the Knowledge Hall transformed into a vibrant social hub. The organizers had arranged for a post-event musical entertainment extravaganza, featuring a diverse lineup of musicians and performers. Alumni, students, and distinguished guests alike reveled in the festivities, creating an atmosphere of camaraderie and celebration.
Adding to the festive ambiance, a wide array of delectable dishes and refreshing drinks awaited the attendees. The venue turned into a culinary haven, where attendees indulged in sumptuous meals, exchanged stories, and celebrated the bonds that were forged during their years at Ijebu Muslim College.
In essence, the IMCOSSA 1973/77 Set Golden Entry Plus 1 Reunion surpassed expectations, transforming into an unforgettable celebration of unity, generosity, and dedication to nurturing the legacy of Ijebu Muslim College. As memories linger from this remarkable event, it serves as a testament to the enduring bond among the alumni and their unwavering commitment to the alma mater's continued success. The night concluded not only with a sense of fulfillment but also with the echoes of laughter, music, and the shared joy of an evening well-spent.