In the Beginning
The AFSS, Lagos Story [2002 – 2022]
A Documentary by The Publicity Team, AFSS, Lagos
Before the Beginning
The Apostolic Faith Secondary School is the brainchild of the Apostolic Faith Church, Africa region, under the leadership of the then African Overseer, Rev. Paul Ogechukwu Akazue, who felt divinely inspired to open a school that will focus on both academic and spiritual excellence of students. Upon several consultations and with approval from the church’s world headquarters in Portland, Oregon, USA, there was a Teachers’ Round Table Conference on April 6, 2002. At this conference, Ms. Busola Osidipe, a retired government school principal and the Apostolic Faith Sunday School Superintendent of the Elementary Department, was named the first substantive principal of AFSS, Anthony, and Mrs. Dupe Abe was appointed as her deputy.
In the beginning
AFSS, Anthony started with a student population of 79 students, with three JSS 1 arms: JSS 1 A, JSS 1 B, and JSS 1 C, and one JSS 2 arm: JSS 2 A. It had a total staff population of 14 teachers, 15 non-teaching staff, the Principal, and her Vice.
AFSS, Anthony held her formal opening ceremony on Thursday, October 10, 2002. Board members, the church’s overseers, pastors, ministers, parents, and guests were in attendance.
The school held her first organized Continuous Assessment test between October 28, 2002, and October 31, 2002, and her first examination between November 29, 2002, and December 9, 2002.
Another first was the PTA General meeting on November 28, 2002, which Mr. Jerry Adejoh chaired.
After the first Christmas Carol on December 12, 2002, the school closed for the end of its first term on Friday, December 13, 2002.
There was a first leadership training for prefects on September 17, 2007.
The school was equally active in launching programmes that developed the students’ overall performance, including the introduction of Science Day on May 20, 2009, and Literary and Debating Day on October 21, 2009. The school started Vocational Day on March 30, 2012, Health and Fitness Day on March 2, 2013, and Arts Day on March 5, 2014.
The school’s maiden Inter-House Sports competition was held on Thursday, November 17, 2011.
Rev. Paul AKazue was the school’s first proprietor, as the school was born out of a vision to build a world-class secondary school helping to build Africa through Christ. Sadly, the school lost its founder on Friday, May 5, 2010.
He was succeeded by the new District Superintendent of Apostolic Faith Church in WECA, Rev Emmanuel Adeniran,
The current school’s proprietor is Rev. Isaac Adigun, who assumed this office upon his ascension to the post of District Superintendent in late 2021.
After Ms. C.O Osidpe left office in early 2007, Prof. B. A Adelola took over the mantle of leadership as the acting principal and was in office until the appointment of Mr. O.S Amidu, who resumed office on August 1, 2007.
When Mr. O.S Amidu left for AFSS, Egosi, Mrs. M.O Obatusin became the school’s principal on November 1, 2011, and left the post after reaching the 60 mandatory retirement age.
Mr. O.S Amidu was brought back for a second stint in management in June 2016 and was in office until October 12, 2021, when he retired after also reaching the mandatory retirement age.
The incumbent principal; Mr. A. E. Olaoye came into office on October 13, 2021.
In May 2012, a junior school student, Okwuenze Kenechukwu, made headlines when he came first in the Lagos state Cowbell Maths Competition.
In the 2014/ 2015 Session, he was the 2nd Best in NECO SSCE in Lagos State
Adeola Adeyemo in 2016 had the overall best result in the WAEC Examination for Lagos State.
In 2019, Akachukwu Anumudu, a senior school student, achieved another educational feat for the school by winning the first prize in the nationwide InterswitchSpak Competition organized for science students.
Today in Perspective
The school’s current Board has Rev. Titus Itanola as its Chairman and eight persons as its members
Also, the school at present runs a system of both the junior and senior schools headed by the head of schools, who are equally under the leadership of the school’s principal. Mr.A.O Kukoyi heads the Junior school and is ably assisted by his deputed, Mrs. V. Tolonisede. Mrs. O.L Oladele heads the Senior school and is assisted by Mr. S. Fadairo. The schools are run independently of each other.
The registrar, Mrs. N. Ubani, heads the non-teaching staff independent of the two schools.
The school currently boasts of a student population of 571, 180 staff members, effectively run junior and senior schools, a modern ICT laboratory, and an e-library that the school continues to make efforts to update to be among the very best in the world of education.
The school understands the need for constant evolvement and development and strives for ways to improve, knowing that nothing good can be achieved without God’s input. Therefore, best efforts will continue to be put into raising academically sound children who are God-fearing and upright in dealings. The founder’s vision of raising young and vibrant men for Christ can never and will never die.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present Apostolic Faith Secondary School Anthony to you on her 20th Anniversary.