Aim High, Alele Williams Tells Graduands


Eighty-year-old Professor Grace Alele Williams has advised the 73 graduating students of Grace High School, Gbagada, Lagos to aim high in their lives’ pursuits. Williams, the first female vice-chancellor in Nigeria, urged them to settle for the best and only the best.

She explained that high achievement is for only those who make extra effort so that they can stand out among the crowd, adding that “education helps the individual to improve the ability to reason which in turn determines how far the individual can go. So I urge you to always think deeply about what you want to do.

“Examine your actions in detail, see those things you are doing well as opportunities to do better and try to improve on those things you are not doing so well.”

The octogenarian, who stood firmly while addressing the graduands, recalled that in the early days of her career at the University of Lagos, Grace School had only primary section.

“I am glad to know that Grace High School has been added to the primary school because it was only the primary school that was in existence when in the early stages of my career, I was a lecturer at the university of Lagos.

She advised the students to embrace information technology as it will help them fit into the modern day economic activities.

The graduation ceremony afforded the school an opportunity to present award to eminent Nigerians who have served the nation meritoriously.

The awardees were the Director, Educational Quality Assurance Agency, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Mrs. Ronke Soyombo; the Proprietor, Oxbride Tutorial College, Ikeja Lagos, Dr. Mrs. Olufemi Ogunsanya; Alele Williams; Professor Lawrence