CMS Grammar School, Lagos
|CMS Grammar School, Lagos|
Nisi Dominus Frustra
Without God we labor in vain
|St. Finbarr's College Road, Bariga
Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
|Established||6 June 1859|
|Principal||Ven Tunde Oduwole|
The CMS Grammar School in the Bariga district of Lagos is the oldest secondary school in Nigeria, founded on 6 June 1859 by the Church Missionary Society. For decades it was the main source of African clergymen and administrators in the Lagos Colony.
The seed funding for CMS Grammar School, Lagos was made possible by Captain James Pinson Labulo Davies who in April 1859 provided Reverend Thomas Babington Macaulay with £50 (equivalent of ₦1.34 million as of 2014) to buy books and equipment for the school. With the seed funding Reverend Macaulay opened CMS Grammar School on June 6, 1859. In 1867, Captain Davies contributed another £100 (₦2.68 million as of 2014) toward a CMS Grammar School Building Fund. Other contributors to the CMS Building Fund were non Saros such as Daniel Conrad Taiwo AKA Taiwo Olowo who contributed £50. Saro contributors also included men such as Moses Johnson, I.H. Willoughby, T.F. Cole, James George, and Charles Foresythe who contributed £40. The CMS Grammar School in Freetown, founded in 1848, served as a model.
The school began with six students, all boarders in a small, single story building called the 'Cotton House' at Broad Street. The first pupils were destined to be clergymen. The curriculum included English, Logic, Greek, Arithmetic, Geometry, Geography, History, Bible Knowledge and Latin. The first principal of the school was the scholar and theologian Thomas Babington Macaulay, who served until his death in 1878. He was the father of Herbert Macaulay. When the British colony of Lagos was established in 1861, the colonial authorities obtained most of their African clerical and administrative staff from the school.
- Revd. Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1859–1878.
- Ven. Henry Johnson, 1879 - 1881 (acting).
- Revd. (Later Bishop) Isaac Oluwole, 1881–1893.
- Mr. James Johnson, 1893-1894 (acting).
- Revd. E.A. Godson, 1894-1895.
- Revd. Joseph Suberu Fanimokun, 1896-1914.
- Revd Canon E.J. Evans, 1915-1927.
- Revd A. Hobson, 1927-1929.
- Revd F. Watherton 1929–1932.
- Revd (later Ven) J.O. Lucas, 1932-1935 (acting).
- Revd. C.G. Thorne, 1935-1936.
- Revd.(later Bishop) S.O. Odutola, 1936-1938. (acting)
- Mr.(later Professor) Leonard John Lewis, 1938-1943.
- Revd. (later Bishop) Seth.I. Kale, 1944–1950.
- Revd. Canon (later Ven.) B.A. Adelaja, 1950–1970.
- Mr. T Ojo, 1970-1972, (acting).
- Chief I.A. Olowu 1972-1984.
- Mr. B.A. Nigwo, 1984-1986.
- Mr. J.B.A. Edema, 1986-1997.
- Mr.T.O. Jemilugba – 1997–2001.
- Revd (later Ven) J.O. Onayinka – 2001–2005.
- Ven. Tunde Oduwole -2005- till date.
Some notable alumni:
- 9ice, musician
- Akin Babalola Kamar Odunsi, businessman and Senator
- Akin Euba, professor of music
- Akintola Williams, accountant
- Alexander Akinyele, Bishop
- Ayodele Awojobi, academic and activist
- Babs Fafunwa, Federal Minister of Education
- Bode Thomas, politician
- Charles A. Adeogun-Phillips, lawyer
- Dare Art Alade, musician
- Ernest Shonekan, President of Nigeria
- Fela Sowande, musician and composer
- Frederick Rotimi Williams, lawyer
- Henry Adefope, Minister of External Affairs
- Herbert Macaulay, surveyor and prominent nationalist
- Niyi Adebayo, Governor, Ekiti State
- Ola Vincent, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria
- Remi Fani-Kayode, politician
- Samuel Herbert Pearse, businessman
- Taslim Olawale Elias, Chief Justice of Nigeria
- Thomas Leighton Decker, linguist and journalist
- Tunji Sowande, lawyer and musician
- Wahab Goodluck, President, Nigeria Labour Congress
- Sir Kitoye Ajasa, Renowned Lawyer and Politician.
- Dr. Oguntola Odunbaku Sapara, Renowned Medical Doctor, Gynaecologist.
- Debayo Agebi, Member British Association of Civil Engineers.
- Engr. Victor Adetunji Haffner, Renowned Engineer, and first Nigerian to be a member of COREN.
- George Da Costa, First African Manager of CMS Bookshop, from 1877-1895.
- Mr Talabi Braithwaite, Doyen. Of Insurance Business in Nigeria.
- Otunba T.O.S Benson, Renowned Lawyer, Politician, and First Information Minister in Nigeria.
- Chief Folarin Coker, Baba Eto of Yorubaland and Lagos, Pioneer Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information Lagos.
- Chief Samuel Manuwa, pioneering Surgeon in Nigeria, Inspector General of medical staff and former chief medical adviser to the Federal Government off Nigeria, and also the First Nigerian to pass FRCS.
- T.K.E Phillips, Renowned Musicologist, Father of Nigerian Church Music, The first Nigerian and African to study Music at Trinity College of Music England.
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- Herskovits Kopytoff, Jean. A preface to modern Nigeria: the "Sierra Leonians" in Yoruba, 1830-1890. University of Wisconsin Press, 1965. p. 244.
- Herskovits Kopytoff, Jean. A preface to modern Nigeria: the "Sierra Leonians" in Yoruba, 1830-1890. University of Wisconsin Press, 1965. p. 365 note 87.
- Ambassador Dapo Fafowora (June 4, 2009). "150 years of the CMS Grammar School, Lagos". The Nation (Nigeria). Retrieved May 21, 2011.
- "Macaulay, Thomas Babington 1826 to 1878 Anglican Nigeria". Dictionary of African Christian Biography. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
- "Brief History of CMS Grammar School". CMS Grammar School. Retrieved 2011-05-21.