Tastes and Tales: Dining Hall Adventures at GCI

My class set enjoyed what could easily be termed as the twilight of the glorious days of GCI, the central dinning hall was still in place and very effective. We ate meals that were worthy of princes. Breakfast was served with either cocoa or tea. Boiled eggs was constant on the menu. We even had corned beef. Lunch came with a serving of fruits. And there was more than enough for everyone. Dinner particularly on Thursdays was a delight. Fried plantain with vegetables. This also coincided with ..... Read More


The Finals of the Principal’s Cup in 1974 at Liberty Stadium. GCI vs Adeola Odutola of Ijebu Ode. The ema wule boys.

image Standing from left;

Niyi Akande, the coach.
Wole Ladejobi (Nos.6, Carr)
Kayode Elegbede (Nos. 3, Powell)
Boye Oni (Reserve bench, Powell)
**Kalejaiye (Reserve goalkeeper, Grier)
Tunde Balogun (Nos.10, Field)
Wale Adeosun (Banco, nos. 5, Powell)
Kenny Awe (Nos. 1, Powell)
Wallace Rabiu (all the way, Powell, reserve)
**Ogunniyi (reserve, Powell)
Tunji Aboaba (reserve, Field)
Funso Ogunkeye (Tory, nos. 9, Field)

Kneeling down are:

Kunle Arogindade (Mascot)
Tolu Ojo ..... Read More



Smooth and shining cheeks, it seems, are not accorded any regard or recognition as boys attain puberty at Government College, Ibadan. While a group of boys in our class (the bearded ones) are secretly shaving their beards even when they are just whiskers, another group (the smooth ones) are busy rubbing mentholated spirit on their faces so they can grow beards and mustaches. Little do these boys know that mentholated spirit dries up the skin and destroys its natural defence and nourishment All ..... Read More



J.K., the exceptionally talented art teacher can be said to feel inferior to tutors with higher paper qualifications than himself at college. J.K. tends to be aggressive towards such "superior" colleagues of his at the slightest provocation.
Mr Egube, the chemistry teacher who is well-endowed with backward protruding buttocks, has been standing on the corridor of classroom 2 waiting patiently for J.K. to end his art class which has overshot by about 10 minutes. Because there is no sign of ..... Read More


In The Beginning

The article 'In The Beginning', authored by Olaleye Falore (1962), explicitly describes the history of Government College Ibadan from conception till birth and heralds the events of the first decade of GCI.

In the beginning?

Government College, Ibadan (GCI) was conceived as a Teacher Training College in 1929 when it was founded; but fate was, by providence, to change its status almost at birth to a secondary school ? a Middle School really.

The destiny of the new school revolved around ..... Read More


Protestation of Loyalty

I pledge myself to remember that at all times and in all places, I am a representative of Government College Ibadan. I promise to refrain from any word or deed which can bring discredit upon it.
I will endeavour at all times to be loyal to the members of staff and to all my school fellows.
I would ever seek to be worthy of Government College, to add to its lustre, and to cherish its highest traditions.
I will try to play my part in transmitting the ideals and traditions of Government ..... Read More


School Emblem

image The emblem is simply two interlacing triangles with GCI designed inside their centre. The interlacing triangles appeared in the penny, half-penny and farthing (one-tenth of a penny) coins of the colonial era of Nigeria and the use of the triangles in the design of the school emblem no doubt indicated the Government ownership of the school


School Song

School of our pride built on the rock
By order, justice and fairplay ruled
May what we dare to learn from thee in youth
Be our guidelight throughout our lives

Refrain: School of our pride we build on thee

Service to others not to self
Consideration for our Nation first
By our examples and not by precept
Show honest labours dignity

Refrain: School of our pride we build on thee

Generations shall come and go
But our pride you will for aye remain
Maybe not in the ..... Read More


Government College Old Boys in National Life

We number among the subsequent directors of the destiny of the old school such able persons as W.H.P. Browne, A.D. Porter, H.H. Jeffers, D.J. Bullock, and then a number of distinguished Nigeria and Old Boys Principals were the Housemasters. Having been thought some boarding institutions themselves, the Housemasters had plenty of experience and imagination and had no difficulty filling in the time of their wards to maximum advantage. With discipline as the chief cornerstone of all activities, ..... Read More


The Old Masters

While the names of a number of the foundation masters as well as those of a few others who taught in the School in the first decade of its existence have appeared from time to time in this narrative, a few more notes are assembled in the present chapter on these masters. Unfortunately memory becomes dim after forty years that one has passed through an institution. Lapses and imbalance can therefore be expected in an account like this for which one must crave the indulgence of the masters ..... Read More


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