Samuel Smatt-Adugbe and Francisca Umeh, students of New State High School in Mushin, Lagos state, have emerged winners of the one-day principal and proprietress competition initiated by the school. 


The duo won the contest, which held on December 7, and featured about 540 participants drawn across various classes.

The school had asked the participants to write an essay while they were also examined on various aspects of leadership qualities including time management, hard work, patience, and critical thinking.

Smatt-Adugbe and Umeh were presented as winners on Thursday during the school’s morning assembly after which they assumed their new roles.

Samuel Smatt-Adugbe

Adeyemi Abiodun, the principal, said the initiative — which is the first of its kind in the school — is aimed at nurturing good leaders in the society.

“Part of our vision is to take up leadership training in the school so much that our students will be able to stand up as good leaders,” he said.

“We want to reduce the issue of flogging students to the barest minimum or even eradicate it in the school. So, one of the ways to go about it is to promote leadership training in the school.”


Addressing his fellow students, Adugbe, the one-day principal, stressed the need for hard work and fear of God in achieving individual goals.

Francisca Umeh

The SS2 student, who dreams of becoming a psychologist, also called for more facilities to improve teaching and learning in the school.

On her part, Umeh, who is in SS3, enjoined other students to study hard and remain focused. The one-day proprietress expressed excitement at winning the contest, adding that she intends to become a chartered accountant in the future.

Highlights of the event include a rendition from the school choir and a parade by the man o’ war squad.


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