ABOUT GOVERNMENT COLLEGE UMUAHIA
The Government College Umuahia (Umuahia) was established on a tradition of academic excellence and merit. Its traditional mission was to educate talented young boys in Africa who will ultimately find their place in the world and make memorable contributions to society.
A school founded from a great need, but also sustained by acts of faith, the first of which was demonstrated by its founder, the English man, Robert Fisher – who first saw the possibility of building a great school and leaving something lasting in that “armpit of the valley” in Umudike, on the road from Umuahia to Ikot-Ekpene in Eastern Nigeria.
"Formed in the spirit of dynamic growth, social justice and intellectual pursuits."
Umuahia’s traditional emphasis on self-discipline, service to community and a life-long commitment to excellence in all honorable endeavors was anchored on a very idealist aim that saw alumni of the school as deeply responsible men in the service of their alma mater, their nation, and the wider world. It is this ideal that is encapsulated in the school’s motto: “In Unum Luceant” – to shine as one light to the community. One light from the same hopeful, endowed source of illumination.
/ CORE VALUES
A residential secondary school, Government College Umuahia seeks students of intelligence and integrity from diverse cultural, racial, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds.
Faculty members guide students in mastering skills, acquiring knowledge, and thinking critically, creatively and independently.
In its programs, the school seeks to promote a balance of leadership, cooperation, and service, together with a deeper awareness of the global community and the natural world.
/ TRADITION OF DIVERSITY
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The History of this citadel of learning started in 1927 when the Colonial Government in Lagos decided to start 3 Secondary Schools “in the interior” namely a school in Ibadan (Government College Ibadan), one in Zaria (now Barewa College) and in Umuahia (Government College Umuahia). They had already started Kings College Lagos twenty years earlier. These four schools were to be modeled after the famous English public schools – Eton and Harrow. The onus of starting Government College Umuahia was given to an English Anglican pastor Rev. Robert Fisher who had been a teacher/administrator in Gold Cost , now Ghana.
He arrived in Umuahia in 1927 and acquired land that is more than 10 square miles
On January 29, 1929 he opened the gates of the school to 25 students drawn from all parts of Nigeria but with catchment areas in the South East , South – South and the Cameroons . The school in 1929 started as a Teacher Training Institute, then in 1930 , converted it to a Secondary school . Reverend Fisher managed the school till 1939 when at the start of the 2nd World War, he left for England on retirement. The school was closed thereafter, for 3 years as it was used as a Prisoner of war(POW) camp for detaining Germans captured in Cameroon by the British.
The Government College Umuahia came to be regarded as the best preparatory school for boys who would proceed to the university and who were to be prepared under the new reality of nationhood to assume new powerful roles in the indigenous leadership of the newly independent African nations and it did.
It is no wonder that the school came to have among its alumni list, some of the most distinguished names in their generation of Africans in the top echelons of government and public service, in the Arts and in the professions.Umuahia alumni have not distinguished themselves in the sciences, they have also been quite influential in the emergence of the modernity of African letters
/ HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
/ OUR ROOTS
This unique school has been sustained largely by the school’s alumni who see the school as ripe for a renewal, and an extension of its traditional mission of educating a new generation of students who will become part of rebuilding Africa in the 21st century. The Government College Umuahia requires a new, independent trust fund, and a new business plan to continue its mission