Dr. Charles Apoki Writes About The GCUOBA Class of ’72 Reunion

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…50 years after admission to form 1

50 years ago I was in class one with about 120 other young boys at the great Government College Ughelli.

The GCUOBA Class of 1972 in a group photograph in from of the prestigious school’s Laboratory single handedly renovated and equipped by the Class as a souvenir of the class to the school to mark their 50th year of admittance into the prestigious school in Ughelli. Also in the photograph are some members of staff and spouses of the old boys.

All we had was academic brilliance, we were some of the brightest from our primary schools but, we were naive and from different backgrounds.

50 years later, We have several Engineers, medical doctors, lawyers, retired very senior civil servants, a retired rear admiral, clergymen and successful business owners.

At the residence of Mr. Matthew Edevbie in Sapele after the school activities to reminisce over their great past in the prestigious GCU 50 years ago when the gained admission as young lads

GCU is a big ship with a lot in her bowels and it keeps sailing from generation to generation.

We have not all succeeded at the same level, but we what many people don’t have.

GCUOBA Class of ’72 assembled at Mathew Edevbie’s residence in Sapele after the school activities

We have an unexplainable brotherhood that is cult like. We have a penchant for orderliness, discipline and integrity.

We have lost about 12 of us who started with us 50 years ago, including a professor.

The GCUOBA Class of 1972 inspecting the interior of the School’s Laboratory they renovated and equipped.

Many of us have passed through very near death and traumatic situations but by his mercies we were not consumed.

Listening to some of the things some of us did while in school, we came to a conclusion that His grace and mercy kept us.

The GCUOBA Class of 1972 in a group photograph in from of the prestigious school’s Laboratory single handedly renovated and equipped by the Class as a souvenir of the class to the school to mark their 50th year of admittance into the prestigious school in Ughelli.

50 years is half a century, many of us are now grandfathers, with bald heads but one thing remarkable is that at our age of more than 60 we all looked trim, that’s something common with Mariners. Sports was part of our training.

To God be all the glory.

I am your friend,  Dr. Charles Aoki.

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