Nigerian singer Darey Art Alade surprised current students of his alma mata CMS Grammar School, Lagos when he paid them a surprise visit yesterday.
The award winning vocalist and instrumentalist visited his old neighborhood at Mende Village, his childhood home, the hospital he was born, his university and other places that shared his childhood.
His first stopped at Lagos Island Maternity Hospital, where he was born before proceeding to his childhood home in Mende Village then another house he lived in at Palmgroove before heading to his Alma mater, CMS Grammar school.
Sharing a phto from his visit to his school, he wrote: “Lives are in the making here, hearts are in the waking here, mighty undertaking here, up and on!” These words couldn’t ring any truer for those who know what I’m talking about! Founded in 1859 (the oldest secondary school in West Africa), my alma mater, the great C.M.S Grammar School has groomed and churned out so many great Nigerians from its first principal Babington Macaulay (Herbert Macaulay’s father) to alumni such as legendary professor of music (and my uncle) Akin Euba, Accountant par excellence Akintola Williams, Babs Fafunwa, Emeka Ojukwu, Ernest Shonekan, TOS Benson, Fela Sowande, Henry Adefope, Art Alade, Niyi Adebayo, Ola Vincent (CBN Governor), Folarin Coker, 9ice to mention a few…and of course my humble self 😉. Our school song inspired us to become global thinkers even in the harshest of conditions. #WayBackWhen the missionaries really injected quality and quantitative education in Nigeria…and the bond of brotherhood! These formed our solid foundation as grammarians and ability to forge ahead in life! Up school!!!
Darey wrapped up his journey at University of Lagos where he bagged a BA in Music.