Justin (right) and Taofeek at the awards.
•Learn Africa rewards 111 candidates
It was double honour for Isolog Group of
Schools as two of its former pupils were
presented with the Learn Africa-NECO awards
for recording the best performance in the
2015 Senior School Certificate Examination
(SSCE) conducted by the National
Examinations Council (NECO) last Tuesday.
With five A1 and four B2, Justin Nwaoha of
Isolog College, Ojodu, had the best result in
the examination in Lagos State; while Taofeek
Adelaja, who sat for the examination at
Isolog College, Alagbole, Akute, had three A1
and five Bs – the best result in Ogun State.
The award programme, which was to reward
the top three candidates at the state
category held at the Head Office of Learn
Africa Plc in Ikeja, Lagos State.
Justin, who also had the best result in the
May/June 2015 West African Senior Secondary
Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in Lagos
State, is the second overall best in the NECO
SSCE nationwide and would be rewarded at
the national category award to be hosted by
Learn Africa on December 2 at the Protea
The 17-year old, who has been admitted to
study Medicine at the University of Lagos
(UNILAG), attributed his feat to God and hard
“I knew that it is just by God’s grace. For
other students I will say it is hard work and
also prayers because God crowns efforts with
success,” he said.
Group Administrator, Isolog Schools, Mr
Kehinde Olowe, said the school was delighted
to achieve such feat, attributing it to a
reward from the Almighty for the investments
they made to achieve quality education
“Starting from the quality of teachers that
we have; we have not compromised on that at
all. And the facilities in school are such that
a very ready student to learn will find it
comfortable to learn and do well. And we have
not been disappointed from our
performances,” he said.
Olowe said the results were achieved without
recourse to examination malpractice.
Taofeek’s mother, Mrs Monsurat Bolatito
Adelaja, attested to the school’s focus on
integrity and hard work.
“You know they are Deeper Life; they don’t
teach people in the examination. What they
do is that they will train them before the
examinations. Parents used to complain. Me,
I used to say that ‘this is too much.’ They
would resume by 7am and close by 5.
Sometimes this boy would not sleep before
2am. He will say Mummy wake me up by 3, I
will not wake him until maybe around five
because I will be afraid so there won’t be any
problem,” she said.
Taofeek was nicknamed Sleeping Handsome in
school because he used to sleep during classes
as a result of late night studies. The 16-
year-old who has already been admitted to
study Chemical Engineering at UNILAG,
praised the school for its efforts on the
“The school is known for honesty. During
examinations external subject teachers are
not allowed close to the hall. Our director
really detests cheating,” he said.
Justin and Taofeek got N40,000 each and
certificates for their efforts. Second placed
Folorunsho Temitope from Ota Total Academy,
Ogun State; and Kenechukwu Okuze of
Apostolic Faith Secondary School, Anthony,
Lagos State, were rewarded with N30,000
each; while third placed Paul Ofili of Jextoban
Secondary School, Ketu, Lagos, got N20,000.
Teachers that produced the best candidates in
each state were also rewarded with N40,000
The teachers’ prizes for Lagos and Ogun went
to Isolog Schools teachers, Mrs Ena Kpagban,
who teaches English; and Mr Stephen
Adekunbi, who teaches Chemistry.
Managing Director, Learn Africa Plc, Mr Segun
Oladipo said in his speech that the awards
were instituted to encourage excellence.
“They were instituted to underscore the
significant role that excellence in education
can play in achieving our national goals and
aspirations. We trust that the awards will
encourage strong commitment to learning,
celebrate diligent scholarship and healthy
rivalry among students,” he said.