April 21, 2017
Bo city was given a new lease of life when members of OBBA (Old Bo Boys Association), the most vibrant alumni organisation in the country, converged there to participate in the annual events of their alma mater.
From 14-17 April, 2017 (Good Friday to Easter Monday) Bo School boys from across the country and the Diaspora hobnobbed in the spirit of brotherhood as they reminisced about their days in the school. The camaraderie was spectacular.
What stood out in this year’s celebrations is the exceptional organizational ability of the new national executive led by former Education Minister, Dr Alpha T. Wurie. Even OBBA members were amazed at the transformation unfolding before their eyes.
From the Prize Giving and Speech Day ceremony to the Re-Union Night, the AGM (Annual General Meeting), the OBBA Dance, the Thanks Giving Service and March Past, there was significant improvement in the traditional set-up and way of doing things such that everyone acknowledged the efficiency of the new executive.
As usual, on Friday, 14 April 2017, Juma Prayers attended by both present students and OBBA members were held in the school’s Assembly Hall. Prayers were offered for the school and OBBA to stand the test of time and live up to the purpose for which they exist.
An hour later, the Speech Day and Prize Giving ceremony got underway. The First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Mrs Sia Nyama Koroma, who is considered a Bo School girl by virtue of her father, the late Abu Aiah Koroma, being a past OBBA President, was the Guest Speaker.
Her statement was full of commendations for Bo School and OBBA in light of their tremendous contributions to nation building through the quality products the institution has churned out over the decades since its establishment in 1906.
The Re-Union Night later that evening was ecstatic. The atmosphere was awesome. There was more than enough to eat and drink as music blared from a powerful disco machine. Cultural performance by Dr Kposowai and his group added spice to the social gathering. Bo School boys shook hands, hugged one another and danced together as a family.
On Saturday, 15 April 2017, OBBA defeated KOSA (Kenema Old Students Association) in a thrilling and entertaining football match on the Bo School campus. At night, the Bo City Hall hosted the OBBA Dance which was rocked by the classic Afro Combo dance band from Freetown. Again, the organization was first class, leaving deep satisfaction in OBBA members.
Sunday, 16 April 2017, was the Thanks Giving Service which took place on campus as usual and subsequently the march past on the principal streets of Bo led by the Sierra Leone Police brass band. The sea of white gave Bo city an aura they have not experienced in a long time.
Prominent Bo School boys including OBBA President Dr Alpha T. Wurie, SLPP flag bearer aspirant Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Bio, Dr Prince Alex Harding, Dr Morie Manyeh, Joe Amara Bangali, among others, took salutes at various intersections. Bo city was brought to a virtual standstill as all and sundry poured out on the streets to catch a glimpse of and cheer Bo School boys.
The celebration climaxed with a continuation of the AGM on Monday, 17 April 2017, where a variety of issues germane to the development of the school were deliberated on and appropriate remedial actions taken.
The foregoing leaves no doubt in anyone’s mind that this year’s OBBA ended in grand style. OBBA was formed in 1929.