FGGC Abuloma celebrates one of their own – Miss World 2001/Model Agbani Darego receives an award from her alma mater

Miss World 2001 Agbani Darego has received several awards over the years but one that is bound to stand out as being truly special is the “Most Distinguished Alumni Award” which she received from the alumni association of her secondary school, Federal Government Girls’ College (FGGC) Abuloma.

The awards ceremony was hosted in Houston, Texas in late 2010.

In her welcome address, Alumni Coordinator, Joy Onyeukwu said the award was well deserved as Agbani not only made the Nigeria proud with her title win of the Miss World Pageant in 2001 but, also the Alumni in Diaspora. “The Miss World Pageant is one of the most prestigious pageants in the world. We are proud to identify with our very own Agbani Darego as the 41st Beauty Queen of the Competition. Yes, it has been 10 years but for life, her name will always be remembered. Her win made history and serves as inspiration to the many young Nigerian and African ladies with aspirations for the Miss World title. Today we are glad to come together and give honour to whom honour is due.” She stated.

A long standing ovation greeted the beauty queen as she strode graciously to receive her award. Agbani who is currently studying for a degree in Psychology at the New York University (NYU), told the audience it was an honor to receive the Most Distinguished Alumni Award. “It’s a great honor to be here tonight but an even greater honor to receive this award from my peers. This award will hold a special place in my heart next to the memories of Abuloma. Thank you.” She expressed.

Also honoured at the event was a former staff member of the School, Jane Agomo. She was presented with a Lifetime Achievement award in appreciation for her years at FGGC Abuloma. In a very emotional speech, surrounded by her children, Attorney Cece BrownBen Agomo, she expressed her gratitude to the Alumni for remembering her after all these years.

In a greeting message signed by Texas State Governor, Rick Perry and First Lady Anita Perry, the Governor welcomed the Alumni to the State of Texas and expressed their well-wishes to the alumni on their Reunion. The Honourable Mayor of the City of Houston, Mayor Annisse D Parker also extended a warm welcome to the Alumni. In her letter, she commended Federal Government Girls College, Abuloma for providing education to the girls of Rivers State and beyond. She cited that the school had produced notable women in the society including Wife of the Executive Governor of Rivers State, Judith Amaechi and Former Miss World, Agbani Darego. She also thanked the alumni for their continued support as they hosted their Reunion event in the City of Houston.

The evening was a fun-filled event as the ladies reminisced about their time in Abuloma. Ebele Owo (nee Obi-Ofodile), an ex-roommate of the Beauty Queen threw the room into a fit of laughter as she recounted how the former always had a convenient excuse each time they were called for punishment. “Anytime they wanted to punish us, Agbani always had an excuse to get out of the punishment. Each time it was an excuse of dismenorreah which Agbani deliberately used because she knew room heads or school prefects did not know the meaning of the word and because it sounded like a big medical problem, they always let her go.

The programme proceeded with an informative and lively panel discussion with audience participation from members of the Alumni. Chaired by Geraldine Anyanwu from the pioneer graduating class of 1981, it centered on the various ways alumni in diaspora could contribute to improve the school. She stressed the need for a borehole system to be installed in the School to enable the young ones have clean drinking water. She recounted that in her days at Abuloma, they enjoyed the best amenities. “We didn’t need to go out of the school to fetch water. All we had to do was to turn in our Buckets and it would be returned to us filled to the brim. We also had an air-conditioned school buses designated to take the students to the main city when we needed to go shopping. Its sad that those luxuries are no longer available.

In response to her remark, Alumni Coordinator, Joy Onyeukwu mentioned that during her time at the school, they had to walk miles to the neighboring village to fetch water. “Looking back, I can say it was a form of exercise for us. Carrying that bucket on my head really helped in toning my arms so I can’t say I regret those days but, times are different now” More laughter erupted from the Alumni as they cheered in unison. In a firmer voice, she added that “With the frequent rape stories we hear these days; it is no longer safe for our young girls to be sent wandering into the villages for water. Agreeably, the responsibility for the upkeep of the school lies with the Federal Government but today, I stand inspired by the words of Martin Luther King, Jr and say to all of us “Ask not what the Government can do for FGGC Abuloma rather, our question be, what the Alumni can do collectively in restoring the lost glory of our Alma Mater. “ A fund-raising event is scheduled to take place in 2011.

Credit: Stella’s New Groove & FGGC Abuloma

45 Comments on FGGC Abuloma celebrates one of their own – Miss World 2001/Model Agbani Darego receives an award from her alma mater
  • ify January 26, 2011 at 11:39 am

    hmmn abuloma babes kia i miss that place sha :(

  • French Naira January 26, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Belle Fille!theres nothing more enpowering to a woman as much as recognising hw beautiful she is

  • Nonye January 26, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    my alma mater yay!!!!!!!! I miss Abuloma!!

  • Ib January 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    HAIL ABULOMA!!Nurture base for future queens…yep…My alma mater :D

  • dee bubu January 26, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    on the road to abuloma…dat road has taken me to heights Even I am amazed with.
    Thank you Abuloma, and thanks to Abubabes for always representing us fabulously.
    I forgot to add-thanks ms ogoke aka “nna nu nti” for beating us (literally) into shape.

  • tariye January 26, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    OMG…i miss Abuloma so much.is that mrs Ekwo with agbani? The alumni should really do something about the school.its no longer what it used to be.i am so proud to be an abu girl….

  • Golddigger January 26, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    is that mrs eko? our former principal?

  • lizzy January 26, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Nope she used to be a maty (matron) i think. I remember her face a bit. Abuloma for always oh. Luv Agbani’s dress btw.

  • Bombchell in Atl January 26, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    WOW she’s tiny oh

  • lizzy January 26, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    With this article, i now know regular BN commentators who are Abuloma Alumnis……..lol.

  • Moi January 26, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Hail Abuloma!!! :)

    • Ene January 26, 2011 at 8:33 pm

      Source of our hope…fountain of truth and conscience!

  • iBreatheFreedom January 26, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    I love how BN brings Nigerians together, in so many ways. Reading the comments underneath this article makes me smile. Up BELLANAIJA

  • jummie January 27, 2011 at 12:18 am

    I think she deserve that recognition, she made us proud. i remainbered some of my friends voted for her. trust NAIJA when it comes to one of their own they will be there for you.

    • precious May 26, 2011 at 4:48 pm

      yeah! i concur with this

  • oma January 27, 2011 at 9:05 am

    she makes me proud of black beauty queens. http://lifethroughomaseyes.blogspot.com

  • fokasibe January 27, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Obo wa poki! wa nume suba…I remember that song Abusco babes liked!

    • joyce ochi-onwurah March 1, 2011 at 5:31 pm

      i really loved that song,i was a member of d school choir.

  • Kelechi January 27, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Yay!!!!! That’s my almamater!
    Hail Abuloma,
    Source of our hope,
    Fountain of truth and conscience

  • miz cee January 27, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    proud to be an Abu babe…we shld have a reunion in the u.k soonest

  • chi chi January 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Hail Abuloma!! Abu babes no get comparison!!! Proud of agbani always… know some girls from the last pictuure pamela,priye and yinka..

  • partyrider January 27, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    nice and interesting to see the Abuloma gals on BN repping

    i think am d only “non-abuloma gal” commenting so far :)abani is so damn beautiful..ah!

  • chidinma kalu January 27, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    So proud of ABULOMA gals.

  • Jessica January 27, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    How do i place an advert on bella naija

  • mary007 January 28, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Just saw Agbani in my Feb Essence edition looking fab and hawt!!! I want to know her secrets on having such good skin tone

    • someone January 28, 2011 at 7:50 pm

      Yeah she looks great in Essence!!

  • Paul January 28, 2011 at 7:03 am

    If Agbani contest for miss world again, she go still win. 10 years after.Its almost unbeleiveable. What a beauty!!!!!!

  • feango January 28, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Abu girls, thank you for appreciating my home girl! Abonnema girls Rock!

  • karibiba amachree January 29, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    I miss Abuloma! Rivers state…we rock!

  • Tina Ike January 30, 2011 at 4:54 am

    reading this really has inspired me to join and create my school
    ‘s alumni team to celebrate one of us that is doing great works in Nigeria movie industry as an actress and spokesperson. Ok my thinking cap is definitely on! Thanks for such an inspiring post BN!

  • Linda January 31, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    So proud to be an Abu babe! We are always repping!! Agbani def made us proud and we will continue to be forever proud of her. Thanks to Bella Naija for sharing this story. I so love my alma mater. Go ABU BABES!!!

  • Gidi January 31, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Abuloma girls are such noise makers!!

  • THE AMAKA February 2, 2011 at 2:19 am

    GO AGBANI!

    speaking of Agbani….does anyone know when her “Stylogenic: show is coming on? they made a huge mention of it last year, and still, its nowhere to be found.
    still waiting…

  • yvonne February 4, 2011 at 9:36 am

    On the road to Abuloma,our dear college stands.Agbani (Breke) has really done us proud.U go girl! U deserve all that honor.

  • mamallete daisy February 7, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Agbani is hawttt…

  • Jane February 22, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Pro Unitate!
    Abuloma, my alma mater, i’ll not forget u cos u made me wat i am today. guys, pls post on FB or twitter where the next meeting will be. i’ll be glad to be a part of history.

  • precious amadi May 28, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Abu is jst d best place 2 send ur daughter.. miss dat skull S̶̲̅ much..hail abuloma!✽̴̴̤̩̩̩̥̈♠aces♠✽✽̴̴̤̩̩̩̥̈

  • hazel ejehu August 22, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    How can i forget mrs ofoegbu, mrs ogoke mrs akpan ,mrs odionyemfe ,mr arawa etc.even our matty…….. cheii i miss abuloma. i want to know where we will be having the next meeting

  • Ivory November 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    No other fountain could quench our taste like that fountain of truth and conscience that can ONLY be got from my dearest alma mata …….I miss you!!!!! To all the chicks……..I LOVE Y’ALL. You all are FABULOUS!!!!!

  • Nenny May 24, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Lol…that’s not Mrs. Ekwo o!
    Abuloma, we hail thee!

  • HOPE January 19, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    school anthem continued………..
    mother of science ,home of the art
    we owe u love and reverence.GO AGBANI.KEEP MAKING WAVES.

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