Showers Christian High School, Port Harcourt, out to redeem education in South-South

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* Students graduate in flying colours, make waves around the world

By Ignatius Chukwu

The founder and CEO of Showers Christian High School, Mrs Ekama Emilia Akpan, says the group of schools is out to redeem the image of the South-South in high-brow and credible classroom feats in the South-South.

The secondary school is located in Igbo-Etche area near Port Harcourt, the primary school is in Woji area of Port Harcourt, while the administrative headquarters is located on Trans-Woji Road, also in the Garden City.

Mrs Akpn who is also a top member of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) said at a media briefing at Grace Plaza at Number 30 Trans-Woji revealed how she decided to address the rot in the youth cadre of the society, saying the backbone of entrepreneurship and success of the economy depend on sound education system.

She told newsmen that the hallmark of the teaching in Showers is sound character of the child and ability to work independently for the highest levels of success. She tabled different results that showed that the students record very high scores at both national and international examinations.

Showers school has produced hundreds of medical doctors, lawyers, engineers and other to professionals from some of the best universities in the world. She said she had sent over 1000 brilliant Nigerian students to Ghana universities alone, but said she now concentrates on Nigerian universities.

In 2016, Showers celebrated some of her students that made waves around the world such as Christiana Udoh who made first class in Chemical Engineering and distinction in her Masters at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana; Vernita Utin who broke the department’s record in Metallurgical Engineering in the same university in Ghana; Uduak Akpan who posted second class upper in Public Health at Babcock University (Nigeria); Lemuel Barango, Physics & Maths, University of Ottawa in Canada who recently won $20,000 for an App he developed. There is Ephraim Isong who posted a distinction in Corporate Law in the University of Hertfordshire in the UK, and Promise Emeri who made the VC’s List in his 200-Level in Salem University with a CGPA of 4.74 of possible 5.

The CEO said she once lost a major contract to train students on scholarship because she would not remove praying in her schools, but that some ex-students around the world have called to testify to the power of prayer over money in educational and career successes.

The MAN vice president said a student had once rebuked an invigilator that urged the students in her school to cheat.

Mrs Akpan said governments in the south-south must take another look at education and invest more to create a better society. She called for more well-funded private schools to bring about better system of learning. She however urged public schools to show new passion to restore confidence in public schools.

She said the A-Level study as a strategy is the key to better successes in the university and career. She urged parents to stop early rush to foreign universities because of swift lifestyle there that usually sweeps young foreign persons off their feet.