A faith-based private school, Vanguards Academy, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, last Saturday graduated a total of 96 students who completed their high school education.
The number is the highest in the history of the school, which was established on September 28, 2002.
Eight of the graduating students completed memorization of the Noble Qur’an, while three memorized the popular 40 hadith in Imam An-Nawawi’s collection.
They are Yahya Muaz, Maryam Shuaib-Osunleke, Lukman Maryam Asake, Huseinah Ettu, Najiyyah AbdurRahman, Khadijah Oyesanmi, Fayruz Adams and AbdurRahman Ismail, who also memorized 40 hadith of An-Nawawi, in addition to two others, Umarhi and Gabadeeny Abdullahi Gabadeeny.
AbdurRahman Ismail, a science student, emerged with the most outstanding results in the West African Senior School Certificate (WASSCE) and scored 345 in the 2022 Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) exam, which is the second best in history represents the school.
Ismail was the cynosure of all eyes as he climbed the stage and recited the Quran in a melodious voice.
Dressed in traditional Arab attire, the 17-year-old described the feeling of graduation as “interesting, exciting and stunning”.
He said: “Allah really helped me a lot and Alhamdulillah for the achievement. It took a lot of sacrifices and I tried to create time.”
The chairman of the board of the school, Dr. Zafaran Adeniyi, described the 2022 graduation as unique and a unifying factor for the students.
“There is solidarity among them. Second, we have about eight hufadh and three memorisers of hadith. A student from this set also had the second best WAEC result in the school’s history,” said Adeniyi, an author of several Islamic books.
He called on the graduates to be good ambassadors for the school.