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Annual General Meeting 2023

Birmingham 2023

Our Annual General Meeting is held in Birmingham this year, Saturday, May 20 2023 at 1.00pm. If you have not already made arrangements to attend, then please try and do so.

This will be the first General Meeting that we can begin to explore staying in the location for part of the weekend or the entire weekend.

This AGM 2023 will serve as the precursor to discuss and determine our future Annual General Meetings.

This we hope will encourage more attendees at our AGMs and provide more inclusive decisions.

Date: Saturday 20 May 2023
Venue: Church Hall of St Johns Church Walmley, 4 Walmley Rd, Walmley, Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield B76 1QN
Time: 1pm
Cost: Free

Annual General (Online) Meeting 2020

Owing to the current coronavirus pandemic our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is being held online this year. Please make every effort to join online.  This meeting will discuss upcoming events and other matters related to the progess of our alma mater and association in general.


  1. Opening
  2. Adoption of Minutes of the Meeting of 11th May 2019
  3. Matters Arising from the Minutes of the Meeting of 11th May 2019
  4. 2019 Annual report
  5. Charity Registration
  6. ICY Education Quality Master Plan
  7. Constitution review
  8. Membership of ICOBA Europe
  9. Report and Update on Calendar of activities for 2020
  10. Membership and Engagement Drive
  11. AOB
  12. School Song
  13. Closing

AGM Joining Instructions

The meeting is due to start at 1.00 pm (BST). However, it would be helpful if you could log in at 12.45 pm (BST) to give time for any technical issues to be resolved.

  • To join the AGM, click on
  •  if you already have a GoToMeeting account, open the app and enter the unique Access Code: 637-459-877
  • You should mute your audio on joining.
  • To speak at the meeting use the chat function to inform the host
  • If you have any difficulties dialing into the meeting post a message on the ICOBA Europe WhatsApp chat group or call the Secretariat on 07956 199055 or 07807 912685.

Annual Report for 2019 Published

The Executive Committee of ICOBA Europe has now published the Annual Report for 2019. Members are encouraged to review the report which will be  formally presented at the next Annual General Meeting in May. 

To access the Report click on the image below:



Update from ICOBA Europe

This is an update from your association concerning how our events planned for this year are being affected by the evolving worldwide situation with the COVID-19 infection. This update informs you of decisions that were reached by your executive committee team at its scheduled meeting last Saturday 14th March 2020 concerning our annual general meeting and our biennial family retreat.

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

You will obviously be aware that our AGM traditionally takes place in the West Midlands in the second weekend of May each year following a resolution at our founders’ day service. This year’s AGM was therefore fixed for 9th May 2020 in Birmingham and as this happened to fall on a bank holiday weekend we had planned to invite you to spend the weekend in the West Midlands with your family. We have now unfortunately had to cancel this date for the AGM and we will be looking to reschedule the AGM for a date in late summer this year.

Family retreat 2020

This year’s family retreat was scheduled to occur as usual in the last weekend in July. You may be aware that we had planned to have
our retreat this year on the mainland of Continental Europe and had actually identified a resort in the Algarve in Portugal that would have been perfect especially as we were looking to offer yourselves and your families the option to extend beyond the traditional 2-3 nights and turn it into a family summer break. As things evolved we moved away from looking at Portugal and located an ideal facility in Nottingham that again offered the option of a 2 or 3 night stay at very reasonable costs.

With the establishment of the COVID-19 pandemic and the evolving plans of the UK government and public health advice we have sadly had to take the decision to cancel this year’s family retreat. Even if this pandemic abates in the UK it is not likely to do so (according to UK government briefing and projections) for another 3 months. As it will be irresponsible to financially commit to planning a retreat before the pandemic abates, it appears very unlikely that we will be able to have the retreat before the end of summer. Our retreat is essentially planned as a summer break and so the regrettable decision is that there will not be an ICOBA Europe family retreat this year. The good news is that we can look forward to one in 2 years’ time and probably have a break in Europe then.

Whatever you do over the coming months please stay safe and let’s look out for one another.

Kind regards,

Deji Okubadejo
Chairman, ICOBA Europe

Founder’s Day Service and Merit Awards Ceremony 2020

You are cordially invited to our Founder’s Day Service and Merit Awards Ceremony.  The Awardees for 2020 are:

  • Otunba Mobolaji A Falase (RIBA) — Services to ICOBA Europe
  • Oluseye Oyediran — Services to ICOBA Europe
  • WICOBA (Wives & Women of ICOBA) 73-78/80 Group — Services to the Nation

Congratulations to the above recipients. Please ensure that you give them your support by attending the service and ceremony which will be held at:

Holy Trinity Tottenham
Philip Lane
London N15 4GZ

Time: 5.00 pm

Food and refreshments will be served after the service.

Family and friends are also welcome.  There will be food and drinks afterwards.

Carol Service 2019

The Revd Bunmi Fagbemi, one of our Chaplains, cordially invites you to a Candlelit Service of Nine Lessons and Carols in the presence of The Worshipful Mayor of Haringey on: Sunday, 15th December at 6.30 pm at  
Holy Trinity, Tottenham
Philip Lane, Tottenham, London, N15 4GZ A reception and children’s party follows. We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.

Dr Olumide Awe Memorial Lecture/Dinner Dance 2019

A big thank you to everyone who took part in this event on the 9th of November. We had 180 guests in attendance and raised over £1,173 which has gone towards supporting the work of VOYAGE, our chosen charity for the event. VOYAGE is a social justice charity that aims to empower marginalised black young people and provide them with the self-awareness and motivation to tranform themselves and their communities.The charity is chaired by our Guest Speaker Dr. Leroy Logan who gave an excellent insight into the growth of knife crime, gang culture and the responses of the criminal justice system.

Save the following dates

The events below are planned for 2020. Please save the dates in your diaries. Founder’s Day Service and Reception Saturday, 8th February 2020 Biennial Reunion 2020 Thursday – Sunday, 23rd – 26th July 2020

Ebenorah Sefena Pamela Olatunbosun

(nee Spencer-Greywoode)

1950 – 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of our brother, Professor Remi Olatunbosun (Freeman House: 62–66/68), announces the death of his wife, Mrs Ebenorah Sefena Pamela Olatunbosun (nee Spencer-Greywoode). Professor Olatunbosun is a long-standing and active member of the Midlands chapter of ICOBA Europe. He is also the son of the late Mr J O Olatunbosun, former Principal of Igbobi College.


Thanksgiving Service and Celebration of Her Life

 Friday, 19th October 2018

Funeral service

Time: 11.00 am
Venue: Longbridge Methodist Church,
1654/8 Bristol Road South,
Birmingham B45 9TY


Time: 12.30 pm
Venue: North Bromsgrove Cemetery,
21 Barley Mow Lane,
Bromsgrove B61 0LU


Time: 1.30 pm — 5.00 pm
Venue: Birmingham Botanical Gardens,
Westbourne Road,
Birmingham B15 3TR

No floral tributes (wreathes, flowers) please. Instead, the family request donations to either of the following charities using the links below or through the collection box at the funeral:

Christian Aid
Cancer Research UK

It was Sefena’s wish that this should be a celebration of her life. Therefore we ask that you do not wear black – bright colours, especially dark pink/purple (which were her favourite colours) would be most appropriate.

For those arriving in Birmingham by train, take the local train from New Street Station.

Please make every effort to support our dear brother and his family at this time.

Nigerian Chaplaincy Annual Harvest Thanksgiving Service and Harvest Feast 2017
You are cordially invited to the above event which will be held at:
St John the Evangelist Church
Pemberton Gardens
Upper Holloway
London N19 5RR
3.00pm, Sunday, 17th September 2017
Rev Canon Martin Greenfield
Rector of All Saints Sanderstead, South Croydon
Formerly CMS Mission Partner in Nigeria
Otunba Architect Mobolaji Falase (67-71/73)
Former Chairman ICOBA Europe & President Yoruba Council of Elders Europe & America
For more information click here.

ICOBA Rockets (Europe) v Government College Lagos Eric Moore Old Boys Association (Europe Chapter)

A charity and fundraising football match in aid of both the Nigerian Sickle Cell Foundation and Prostrate Cancer UK will take place this Sunday, 20th August 2017 at:

Barnet Football Club
The Hive
Camrose Avenue
Edgware HA8 6AG

Kick off is at 4pm.

Let’s come out and support the school and raise money for good causes.

The Rockets are Coming . . .

Sixth Annual Sports and Family Fun Day

The Nigerian Schools Foundation will be holding the event on Bank Holiday Sunday (27th August 2017) from Noon till 7.00pm at:

Allianz Park
Greenlands Lane
London NW4 1RL

The entrance fee is £2.00 and parking is free. Activities will include, Track & Field, Football, Table Tennis and Lawn Tennis. There will be live music, food and drinks, exhibition stalls and much more.

It is an opportunity to meet other members of the Nigerian community and celebrate our common heritage. For more information click here or for a video of what is on offer click here.

Notice of ICOBA Europe Elections 2017

We would like to invite nominations/notices of intention to run (NIR) for the following posts:

Director of Organisation
Secretary General
Assistant Secretary General
Social Secretary

To participate in the election, either as a voter or candidate, you must have fully paid your annual subscription for the calendar year 2017. If you have not yet paid your subscription, please make every effort to pay (or if paying by monthly instalments, bring your account up to date) before the close of nominations by 12 November 2017. The more people we have participating in this election, the more representative the Executive Committee will be.

Please send your NIRs/nominations to the Director of Organisation here.

ICOBA (International) AGM/Elections

The elective annual general meeting of the International body will take place on Saturday, 16 September 2017 at 12 noon. This will be preceeded by the commissioning of some set projects at 10am.

Only paid up members can vote or be voted for. In addition, sets dues of respective candidates must be up to date to make them eligible.

Voting will be both online and on-site. Further details on the nomination and voting procedures will be provided by the Electoral Committee in due course.

Further details will be made available in due course on the ICOBA International website (

ICOBA Europe wins at Methodist Girls High School Old Girls Association (UK/Ireland Branch) ‘Lit Day’

At this much anticipated event and given the close relationship with the host school, the team was under pressure to deliver in the various competitions on the day. We were represented by Jonathan Odugbemi who lived up to his reputation as an excellent debater while at Igbobi. Jonathan presented his very persuasive arguments with great style and aplomb and we won the debating competition convincingly. The school also won the Fashion Parade with Kunle Adeniji, Tolu Soyomokun leading the way. They were ably supported by Segun Ifaturoti and Seye Oyediran.

Overall, we demonstrated a combination of serious academic rigour, eloquence, style and chic in both competitions.

Schools attending the event were required to turn up in uniform and some were rather disappointed we didn’t dress up in khaki shirts and shorts until we explained/reminded them that we only ever attended Lit Days in our Sunday whites. It was nostalgic to see very familiar school uniforms — Methodist Girls High School, Our Lady of Apostles, Reagan Memorial, CMS Grammar Shcool and Methodist Boys High School. The various waistlines though may have changed somewhat 🙂

You can view pictures from the day here.

Have you booked your place at the Dr Olumide Awe Memorial Lecture/Bi-Annual Dinner & Dance?

This is a reminder that on Saturday, 11 November 2017 we will be holding our Bi-Annual Dinner & Dance which promises to be great fun and an opportunity to meet old friends and new alike. The event will be a celebration of our alma mater and good food, drink, music and festivity will be provided.

As we rejoice at the reunion of old friends, we will remember one of our dearest departed, Dr Olumide Awe, a former Chairman of the Igbobi College Old Boys Association Europe Branch. We will be holding the first ever Dr Olumide Awe Memorial Lecture to honour his memory and make a contribution to intellectual discourse on subjects close to our community. We have therefore invited Dr Dele Olajide, who is a distinguished mental health practitioner, as our inaugural speaker to talk about the stigma of mental health amongst black Africans. It promises to be very informative and educational.

Tickets can be purchased here.

ICOBA Europe at Royal Ascot 2017 Report

This proved to be a truly wonderful experience for those that attended. Dressed in ICOBA themed finery, the majority of those in the group met up at Waterloo Station where they boarded the train to Ascot. The journey itself was most enjoyable with the sparkling wine (and non-alcholic beverages) and nibbles consumed on the train setting up what was to be an excellent afternoon.

Located in the Queen Anne Enclosure, the party was sufficiently close to the great and the good of British society and particulary enjoyed the ride past of Her Majesty and the rest of the Royal Procession. The horses whizzing past every now and then added to the excitement and the group managed to about break even on the group bets placed.

The day ended with a communal sing-a-long around the bandstand led by the Royal Welsh Guards.

To view more pictures from the day click here.

Government College Ikorodu Old Students Association (GCIOSA) — UK: Masked & Black Tie Evening

We have been invited to join GCIOSA in celebrating the above event to mark its Founder’s Day. It is suggested that a unique school mask is adopted for the evening which promises to be full of fun activities and laughter. GCIOSA also aim to raise funds to provide digital equipment for current students at their school.

The event will take place on:

Saturday, 23rd September 2017
from 6.00pm till 1.00am at:

Leopold Primary School on Gweneth Rickus Site
Brentfield Road
London NW10 8HE
(Adjacent to Neasden Temple)

Details on how to purchase tickets can be found here.



Mid-year General Meeting

Our mid-year general meeting is once again being held in Birmingham this year. If you have not already made arrangements to attend, then please make every effort to do so.  This meeting will discuss upcoming events and other matters related to the progess of our alma mater and association in general.
Date: 13 May 2017

Time: 2pm – 5.30pm

Venue: Church Hall
St Johns Church Walmley
8 Walmley Road
Sutton Coldfield
B76 1QN

Obituary – Pa Shodeke (1939 set)

It is with sadness that we announce the death of Pa Babafemi Olatunde Shodeke who used to attend many of the association’s events and was given a merit award by ICOBA UK (as we then were) many years ago.

Funeral arrangements

Wake keeping
10th May 2017
5pm – 8pm
St John the Baptist & St James Church
Great Cambridge Road
N17 8LP

Refreshments provided

11th May 2017
2pm – 3pm
St John the Baptist & St James Church
Great Cambridge Road
N17 8LP

Edmonton Cemetery
Church Street
London N9 9HP

Reception venue to be announced

Please make every effort to attend these events and honour his memory.

May his soul rest in peace.


Obituary: Sola Osinibi (Aggrey House: 73–78/80)

It is with deep sadness we announce the death of our brother, Sola Osinibi, who passed away after a sudden illness. Our prayers go to his family at this sad time.

Sola was the first Treasurer of ICOBA UK (as we were known then). He leaves behind Uzma, his wife, and two daughters aged 14 and 10.

Burial arrangements will be announced in due course.

May his soul rest in peace.


Obituary: Dr Williams

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing away of our brother, Dr Williams, in Liverpool late last year. Dr Williams attended the school in the 60s.

More details to follow.

Akin Coker’s father passes away

Our former Executive Committee member, Akin Coker (Aggrey House: 76-81/83), has sadly lost his father, Pa Clifford Mobolaji Coker.  Please show support for Akin and his family at this time. Funeral arrangements are as follows:

United Kingdom

Service of Songs
Thursday, 2 February — 6:30pm – 9pm
Sanderson Hall
Mickleham Road
St. Pauls Cray


Christian Wake Keep
Thursday,  9th February — 6pm
YCC Hall
St Dominics Church
Herbert Macaulay Street

Funeral Service
Friday, 10th February — 10am
St Dominics Church
Herbert Macaulay Street

Ikoyi Cemetery

Reception follows immediately after at
Nikom Events Center Yaba
Behind Presbyterian Church Yaba, Lagos

Bolaji Olugbusi (aged 59)

It is with sadness that we announce the passing away of our dear brother, Bolaji Olugbusi (69–73/75: Oluwole House). He was a classmate of our Chaplain, Rev Bunmi Fagbemi and the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osibajo amongst others. Final rites are as follows:

London, UK

Celebration/Songs of Praise
6.30pm – 7.30pm
21 December 2016
Giggs Hill Church
St Paul’s Cray
Orpington BR5 2SA


28th December 2016

29th December 2016

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.  Rest in peace.

Service of Nine Lessons and Carols 

Femi Awotesu (73-77/79: Freeman House) is a Warden of The Nigerian Chaplaincy in London. He and The Chaplaincy would like to invite all to a service of Nine Lessons and Carols.

The service will be held on:

Sunday, 18th December 2016 at 4.00 pm prompt at:

St. John the Evangelist Church
Pemberton Gardens
Upper Holloway
London N19 5RR

Preacher: The Rt. Revd. Precious Omoku
(Former Adviser to The Archbishop Of Canterbury on Anglican Communion Affairs)


Late Ladi Benson Trainer Store Clearance Sale

The late son of our brother, JImi Benson, owned a trainer store specialising in trainers from both popular and luxury designer brands. Jimi and his wife, Gail, now plan to sell off these items and the proceeds will go into their granddaughters’ endowment fund.

These items are being offered at the wholesale prices Ladi paid for them. For those who may still be looking for Christmas gifts, this is an opporutinity to buy these items at reasonable prices and more importantly contribute to the fund the Benson’s have established for Baylee-Blue and Beau Atinuke.

To view items and prices please click on the links below:


Stock and Prices

If you wish to purchase any items, please contact Jimi Benson here.


Second Golf Day – October 2016

Following the success of the Golf Day held in May this year, we will be holding another one at the end of October.

Greenwich Peninsula Golf Range
265 Tunnel Avenue
SE10 0QE

12 Noon, Saturday, 29th October

£35 – This includes 1.5 hours of tuition with a PGA professional, platters, tea and coffee plus unlimited balls and club hire.

There are limited places so please book now so as not to be disappointed.

You can make your payment at the link below:


Olorogun Michael C. O. Ibru

The family of Olorogun Michael C. O. Ibru cordially invites you to join in celebrating his life.

Date: Monday 26th of September, 2016
Time: 5:30pm
Location: St. John’s Church, Lansdowne Crescent, Notting Hill, London W11 2NN.

Reception to follow immediately at the church.

Please come along with your thoughts, prayers and fondest memories of Olorogun Michael Ibru.

Please Visit:


Olawale Ayodele — Lying in State

For those wishing to pay their respects, the body of our beloved brother Olawale Ayodele will lie in state from 12 noon till 4pm on Tuesday, 26th July 2016 at the Co-operative Funeralcare, 15 High Street, Harlesden, London NW10 4NA.

Details of the other final rites can be found further below.

New Grandchild for Gail and Jimmy Benson


Congratulations to Gail and Jimmy Benson on the arrival of their second grandchild, Beau Atinuke Benson. Beau is the second child of Gail and Jimmy’s late son, Ladi. The Benson’s other grandchild is Baylee Blue.

In loving memory of

Olawale Ayodele

Olawale Ayodele (74 – 79/81)

(11 June 1962 – 4 July 2016)

We now have details of the final rites for our brother Olawale Ayodele:

Tuesday, 26th July 2016

Service of Songs
Time: 7pm
The Redeemed Christian Church of God
Jesus House for all the Nations
112 Brent Terrace
London NW2 1LT

Wednesday, 27th July 2016

Funeral Service
Time: 12pm
The Redeemed Christian Church of God
Jesus House for all the Nations
112 Brent Terrace
London NW2 1LT

Hendon Cemetery
Holders Hill Road
Mill Hill
London NW7 1NB

The Redeemed Christian Church of God
Jesus House for all the Nations
112 Brent Terrace
London NW2 1LT

Please support the Ayodele family at this sad and difficult time. For those wanting to make a financial contribution to the family you can do so at the link below either via your PayPal account or by credit/debit card when you check out as a guest:

In loving memory of

Taiwo Fregene

Prince Taiwo Fregene (73–78/80)

(11 January 1960 – 11 June 2016)

Burial arrangements for our brother Taiwo Fregene are as follows:

Thursday, 14th July

12pm  — Funeral Service
Christs Disciples Mission International, Lighthouse Branch
St. Pauls Church
4 Crossroad
Woodford Bridge

2pm — Interment
Forest Park Cemetery
Forest Road, Ilford

3pm — Reception
Redbridge Cycling Centre
Forest Road, Ilford

Please support Taiwo Fregene’s family at this time.

May his soul rest in peace.


New Addition to the Family of Late Dr Awe

The late Dr Olumide Awe’s son, Damola, and his wife, Nyime, have had a baby girl. The baby was born on Saturday, 4th June 2016 and both mother and baby are doing well.

ICOBA Europe would like to congratulate the family, and Mrs Janet Awe on the arrival of her first grandchild.

Farewell Ceremony & Celebration of Life of Mrs Susan Olawamide Adewakun (aged 80)

Susan Adewakun Obituary

Demola Adewakun, a former member of the Executive Committee of ICOBA Europe, has sadly lost his mother, Mrs Susan Olawamide Adewakun (nee Ige), who passed on peacefully on Thursday, May 5,

2016 (aged 80yrs).

Please show suipport for Demola and his family by attending the various planned events, of which the first is the Service of Songs to be held in London this afternoon.

The full Programme of Events is as follows:

Today (Saturday, June 4)

Service of Songs – UK
Croydon Tabernacle
38–40 Parsons Mead, Croydon CR0 3SL

Time: 5:00pm

Tuesday, June 21

Service of Songs – Nigeria
St Lukes Anglican Church
21 Ilamoye Street, Off Adesina Street
Ijesha-Tedo, Surulere, Lagos
Time: 5:00pm

Thursday, June 23

Christian Wake Keeping
25 Awokiyesi Avenue
Ile-Oluji, Ondo State
Time: 5:00pm

Friday, June 24

Funeral Service
St Peter Cathedral Ile-oluji
Ile-Oluji, Ondo State
Time: 10:00am

Interment follows immediately after

Gboluji Grammar School
Ile-Oluji, Ondo State

Demola Adewakun

May her soul rest in peace.

Obsequies — Sebastian Adeniran-Olule

(25/10/95 – 09/05/16)
Friday, 10th June 2016

Burial Ceremony
Morning – Family Only

Service of Remembrance
Afternoon – All are welcome to attend

Time: 2 pm

To be held at: The Chapel, Wellington College, Dukes Ride, Crowthorne,Berkshire, RG45 7PU

The family request that in lieu of flowers, donations are made to the Seb Adeniran-Olule Charitable Fund, a trust supported by Harlequins and Wellington College, where Seb was a pupil. The Fund has been established to provide educational and sporting opportunities for talented rugby players who would otherwise not be able to access them.

To find out more about the Fund and to make donations, please click here.

Golfing Clinic – 28 May 2016

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The Golfing Clinic was a hugh success with all available places being taken up. The morning started a bit wet but soon dried out. All aspiring golfers were initially placed on the putting green and were instructed by one of the club’s pros. Those who were more experienced golfers were taken away to the driving range by the senior club pro. All the others later joined them on the range and took turns in hitting the ball with various levels of success. It was great fun and after the clinic was over we retired to the club house where a wonderful buffet was provided. Many thanks to Kunle Adeniji who organised the event.

Photos from the Day

Seb Adeniran-Olule (Aged 20)

It is with sadness that we announce the passing away of Seb Adeniran-Olule, son of our dear brother and former Secretary General, Kayode Olule (73-78/80 set). Seb died in a road-traffic collision.

Seb was a budding professional rugby player at Harlequins Rugby Club who had represented England at the Under-16, Under-18 and Under-20 levels. His passing away is widely reported in the Press, on social media and on the Harlequins club website.

Funeral arrangements will follow as soon as they are announced by the family.