WASHINGTON DC – (Saturday, October 12, 2013) Members of Idia College Benin City Old Girls Association – ICOGA, gathered at the Nigerian Embassy in the USA Nation’s Capital to launch the ICOGA Body in the U.S. ICOGA DC, MD, VA Chapter played host to the Group. It brought together, the Alumni of Queen Idia College Benin City – a foremost Girls Boarding Secondary School that was founded in January 1973 by the then Military State Governor of Midwest State, Dr. S.O. Ogbemudia. A noble effort that has churned out Professionals – Doctors, Accountants, Finance Gurus, Bank CEOs and MDs, High Court Judges, Registered Nurses, Women in the U.S. Military Corps, Heads of Schools, Business Tycoons, Architects, Attorneys, Engineers, Technology Experts, Diplomats, Pastors, etc.
Arriving from different parts of North America to this “August” Event, were Old Girls in the Diaspora. For several, they were seeing themselves again for the 1st time after over 30 years. Queen Pastor Omo Ghandi Olaoye, current President of the ICOGA NA, officially launched the Idia College Old Girls Association, North America in collaboration with other Queens present, including DC, MD, VA (DMV), Boston, New Jersey and Atlanta Chapters – to which a Toast was given and all present unanimously and joyously raised their wine glasses in unison to toast their beloved Alma Mater.
The North America (NA) National is the third National Office to join the Idia College Old Girls Association Worldwide. Other National Offices are located in Nigeria and London (UK) respectively. The Launch cum Dinner which for more than half of the time, held as a Business Meeting, was a way to celebrate the first Official ICOGA NA Alumni Gathering and to aptly inform members about the ICOGA NA future Goals and Objectives. While achieving this laudable Objective, the rib-cracking laughter generated from the strong vault of memory lane was a great comic relief.
This successful establishment of the ICOGA NA hopes to bring Idia College Old Girls/Alumni together periodically through Annual events, Business Meetings (by State Chapter basis), Social and Cultural Gatherings and Networking opportunities.
Suffice it to say: All together, the “Girls” enjoyed good food, great re-Union much laughter and excellent Conversation!
Photos by Damilola Odetola (Executive Editor, Trendy Africa) in Washington, DC.