April 12, 2017 By Mohamed Massaquoi
Members of the Old Bo Boys Association ( OBBA) across the world are now in full readiness to travel to the southern district town of Bo this weekend to celebrate their school’s annual event, and it is expected that President Ernest Bai Koroma would grace the occasion during which he would be inducted as an OBBA member on Sunday, 16th April, 2017.
President Koroma would again join the march-past on the principal streets of Bo.
It has been a tradition that Bo school, which was the first Government School in the country, for all heads of state to be inducted and given honourary membership, if they have never been one.
President Koroma will be the fourth head of state to be inducted after Siaka Stevens, Joseph Saidu Momoh and Ahmed Tejan Kabbah.
Vice President, Victor Bockarie Foh, who is also an OBBA member, would join his boss on the trip to Bo and participate in all the programmes.
Meanwhile, on Friday 14th April, the First Lady, Sia Nyama Koroma, who hails from an OBBA family, with her late father, late Abu Aiah Koroma, a former OBBA president, would be the guest speaker at the school’s annual Prize giving and Speech day ceremony.
This year’s OBBA celebration is set to attract dignitaries from across the country and the diaspora .Among the dignitaries that would grace the occasion are Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio -Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) prospective standard bearer, Ambassador Bond Wurie- former Majority Leader of parliament, Hon. Ibrahim Chernor Bundu, Dr. Alie Kabbah, all of whom are flag bearer aspirants of both the Ruling All Peoples Congress APC and the opposition SLPP.
With the high possibility that two of the above flag bearer aspirants, particularly Rtd. Bio of the SLPP and Vice president, Victor Bockarie Foh might be awarded the presidential ticket of their respective political parties to contest the 2018 election, OBBA could produce the next president of Sierra Leone.
The Government Secondary School Bo, otherwise known as Bo school, the first government secondary school in Sierra Leone, was established in 1906 specifically for the sons and nominees of paramount chiefs.
OBBA on the other hand, an association of old boys of the school, was formed in 1929 to promote comradeship among members and support the school
Bo school has significantly contributed to the socio-economic development of the country through the quality of human resource it has produced for centuries. There is hardly an office in Sierra Leone where a Bo school boy is not found contributing meaningfully to the growth of that institution.
OBBA is currently headed by erstwhile Education Minister, Dr. Alpha Tejan Wurie, whose educational policies tremendously helped improved education in the country, while he was at the helm of affairs.