WRITTEN BY SIR OBI NWUDE
Comprehensive Secondary School, Nawfia, formerly known as Anglican Technical Secondary School Nawfia, will on Saturday, November 11, 2017, celebrate its Golden Jubilee.
The event is expected to attract Governor Willie Obiano as Special Guest of Honour and special award recipient, while the Proprietor of the school and Bishop of Awka, Right Reverend Dr. Alexander Ibezim, another award recipient, will officiate at the opening Jubilee service.
Comprehensive Secondary School, Nawfia was conceived under the then Eastern Region and in particular, the old diocese on the Niger, after the Anglican authorities had established some Grammar schools, including Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha, and later, Oraukwu and Agulu Grammar schools. They thought of a technical secondary school at a meeting in 1960. It was agreed that any town that could raise two hundred and fifty pounds and provide the land would have the school sited there.
As a result, a notable business tycoon and philanthropist, C. T Onekwelu from Nawfia, presented a cheque in that sum at the meeting and subsequently negotiated for a land through his home church, Saint Michael and All Angels’ Anglican Church Nawfia. A very thick forest used by the slave marketers in the past and previously owned by former Uruana village, was procured by the church, leading to the opening of the school in 1962 as Anglican Technical Secondary School Nawfia. The name changed to Comprehensive Secondary School Nawfia when government took over schools after the Civil War.
The pioneer principal, late Elder Ephraim Anisiobi Okoye, through strict discipline and high cerebral acumen, placed the school on a notable pedestal, inculcating in the students, the motto of the school, ‘Education for Responsibility’. Elder Okoye, who started as the only Mathematics and Physics teacher, was assisted by some other disciplinarians, such as Late Very Revd I. C. Agbim, Late G.N Nwawka, Late Mr. Sam Erike, J.B.C Nwolum, P.N. Udeze, Godwin Ezemoka, Ifebi, Aziagba, E.C Mesigo, Goddy Ikeme, to lay a solid foundation for the school.
The school, which started with less than thirty pioneer students in 1962, now has more than one thousand students and about forty-five permanent teaching staff, with Mr. Christian Ezeamaku as the Principal and Revd Canon Emmanuel Ubaekwena as the Chaplain/Manager. It is noteworthy that in the school system today in Anambra State, Comprehensive Secondary School Nawfia ranks high in academics, morals and sports with its holistic education, offering about twenty six (26) core subjects.
We salute the untiring efforts of other former principals. A word of appreciation for the Old Boys Association, led by its President, Sir Chief Dr. Oliver Onwughalu and the Planning Committee, chaired by Hon. Chief Emma Anizoba for driving this project. Happy Celebration. Education for Responsibility.