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Catholic Bishop of Makurdi Diocese Pays a Pastoral Visit To St. Joseph Secondary School Nyiman.

Tuesday the 6th October 2015 was a day filled with great joy in the history of St Joseph’s Secondary School, Nyiman as the Principal, Staff and Students of the school awaited the arrival of Most Rev. Wilfred Chikpa Anagbe, CMF, on his pastoral visit to the School. Everything was different on this day as the usual day’s activities all started before their usual start-up time, with the students waking up as early as 4:00am and the staff all arriving the school, premises before or at exactly 6:00am in the morning. At about 7:00am, the school premises was properly cleaned up and decorated by both students and the Sisters of the Nativity led by Sr. Monica Akpam (SON)
With great joy and cheerfulness, the Most Rev Wilfred Chikpa Anagbe, CMF arrived the school premises at around 10:05am, with the Very Rev Fathers Godwin Udaa, the Education Secretary of the Diocese; Moses Iorapuu, Ph.D, the Diocesan Director of Communications and the Local Proprietor of the school; Oliver Tarkende, Dean, Makurdi Deanery; Joseph Akande VC+, the Asst. Parish Priest of St Joseph’s Parish Nyiman together with students and the staff who were all in the school premises welcomed the Bishop at the gate of the school by Sr. Christiana Chia (SON) and the School band, with a beautiful crucifix and on entering the school compound, the Catholic Holy Mass began.
At the Holy Mass, Levi Akor narrated the first reading from the Book of Genesis, an Old Student Psalmist took the psalm and the Head Girl of the School Miss Ruth Orga, narrated the second reading from St Paul’s Letter to the Romans. After the acclamation of the Gospel and its subsequent narration, His Lordship, Most Rev Wilfred Chikpa Anagbe CMF, preached the word by first and foremost greeting the entire congregation and called on students to be serious with their academics and advised parents to also guide their children in the ways of the Lord. After the sermon, the Bishop called out all the candidates for confirmation, out of which, 90 were students and 7 were staff. His Lordship was assisted by the Priests present and later, communion rites were also observed.
Immediately after the mass and the communion rites, the Principal gave her remarks, thanking everybody present and the Bishop and Priest for the pastoral visit and that after the mass everybody should move for lunch. The Bishop commissioned the newly built Boys Hostel and then went in for a closed door meeting with the Management Staff of the School, after which he briefly met with the entire Staff of the School and then proceeded to the reception venue.
The reception kick started with an opening prayer by Mr. Ochinta Emmanuel which was followed with presentations by the invited groups and then the school dance troupe. Gifts were then presented to the Bishop from the Staff Welfare Chairman, Mr. D.M. Ahi, and then the Principal of the School presented a Live Cow to the Bishop after which the Bishop gave his closing remarks thanking the School Management, P.T.A Chairman and guests present.
The closing prayer was then said by Rev Fr. Moses Iorapuu, PhD; the Director of Communications and Local proprietor of the School who also doubles as the Parish Priest of St Joseph’s Catholic Church Nyiman, and then everybody departed.
Some of the guests present at the occasion were the P.T.A Chairman Mr. Akough John; Mother-General, Sisters of the Nativity, Rev. Sr. Anna Abah (SON); Mue-Ter Mbagwen Makurdi Local Government Area, Chief Jonathan T. Adeke and the men of the press.
St. Joseph Secondary School Nyiman completes a 2 Storey Building Accommodation.
St Joseph Secondary School Nyiman a co-educational Secondary School in Makurdi under the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi has built a 2 storey ultra-modern hostel accommodation. This Hostel has the capacity of housing about 500 students and well equipped with all modern equipment and facilities, the hostel was commissioned on the 6th of October 2015 by the Bishop of Makurdi Diocese His Lordship MOST. Revd. Dr. Chikpa Anagbe CMF. It is rated as one of the best hostels in Makurdi.
The all Secondary Schools Festival of Arts and Culture 2015
Every year, Benue State Arts Council organises all secondary school competition to allow a wide range of young talents to showcase. Saint Joseph Secondary School Nyiman has always being in attendance every year and each time we go, we return with the first three positions.
This year was another beautiful and successful competition with a total number of 18 participating schools in Benue state. The festival was organized from 26th to 30th of October, 2015.
The first day, Monday 26th October, 2015 was the arrival and registration of participating schools and issuing of tags. Activities for that day only included the dance-drama which only few schools started off.
The second day, Tuesday 27th October, 2015 commenced with the carnival procession starting from Police Headquarters to Aminu Isa Kontagora Open Air Theatre after which the continuation of dance-drama started and finished. Traditional dances also kicked-off to continue the next day. The rain also contributed to the fun, as there was a down pour on this fateful.
The third day, Wednesday 28th October, 2015 entailed the band display, essay writing, painting and drawing, traditional storytelling and traditional national anthem in the Tiv, Idoma, Igede and English languages respectively. The modern dance also started which was to be finished the next day for want of time. Our school performed two exceptionally famous dances. The traditional dance called ‘’Gber chuu’’ the ‘’Turaan dance’’ and the next was the modern dance which consisted of specially choreographed steps – the robotics and traditional dance in a mix. A speech was presented by the Commissioner for Arts and Culture, and he advised us to be of good behaviours and avoid all bad vices in the society and warned that we should never go back to them.
The fourth day, Thursday 29th October, 2015 the modern dance continued and ended. Fashion parade was done and the contest/beauty pageant for the little Mr and Miss culture tourism and art council which two of our students impeccably contested and emerged winners.
The fifth day, Friday 30th October, 2015 was the final day. It consisted of award presentation, coronation and a speech by the outgoing Miss culture and she spoke about her one year tenure and how she managed her school work to balance it with her reign as a queen.
The awards won were:
Band display – 1st position
Modern dance-2nd position
Best male model-Tsaga Charles
Little miss art council-Adiekwue Emmanuella
Little Mr Culture- Tsaga Charles
We emerged the 3rd overall best school, with queen of the rosary secondary school Gboko emerging as the 2nd overall best school, with Mount Carmel College Makurdi as the overall best school.
St. Joseph Secondary School Nyiman Loss Her Driver
It was a day that all Nigerians were celebrating the Independence Day of Nigeria, but to the principal, student and family of late Tsekaa David, it was a day of sorrow and unhappiness. The 1st of October, 2015. The school driver, Mr. Tsekaa David died as a result of accident in Makurdi the state capital, knocked down by a reckless town service bus driver few hours after returning from Lagos; and his body was moved to the Federal Medical Centre Makurdi. On Sunday, 11th October, 2015 was the wake keep of our dear friend, mentor, role model and brother at St. Joseph Catholic Church Nyiman. It started with a mass by the Assistant Parish Priest Revd. Fr. Akande Joseph, who encouraged the family not to mourn too much, for God knows why he died and has his reasons and we should prepare for our call too. After the mass, the wake was in the church premises till the next morning after which his remains was taken to his village Keana Local Government Area of Nassarawa state for final interment and burial rites. Some sympathisers at the burial were the St. Joseph Secondary School Nyiman family, Sisters of the Nativity and friends and relative of our dear and beloved brother, Mr. Tsekaa David.
Christmas Carol
St Joseph Secondary School Nyiman holds her annual Christmas carol on Thursday 10th December, 2015 on the school compound. The occasion started at about quarter past 4:00pm with the opening prayer by Agba Jerome (The Seminarian) which was followed with the introduction of invited guests/choir by the MC Brief, Mr Aondowase John.
Then, the host choir, St Joseph International Choir made her procession to their seat. This was followed immediately with the welcome address by the vice principal academics, Mrs Immaculata Ikyereve, in her opening remarks, welcome all the guests and charged them to use the gift of singing to return their praises unto God now that were commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ (Christmas).
Then, it was followed by the congregational Hyme which was conducted by the former head boy and choir master Mr Viashima Terkula after which the first lesson was said by the Head Girl of the school Miss. Ruth Orga.
At this juncture, the host choir was invited to make her presentation which took the crowd to a shock. It was such a great performance which preceded the second performance by Mr Gbagir Martin.
The guest choirs were equally called upon to make their presentations such as Holy Child Choir, The St Joseph Parish English Choir, and Mr Yiase Peter presented the third lesson.
Other groups also presented to include; The School Band, Benue Michael Jackson and the School Mockery Carol group after which Mr Kpoh Joseph present the 4th and final lesson.
Other activities include last presentation by St Joseph International Choir with the old students and the vote of thanks was given by choir coordinator Mr. Tahav Emmanuel
The closing remarks were given by The vice Principal Administration, Mr Valentine Iber with an announcement that the boys shall be moving to the New Ultra-Modern Hostel with housing capacity of 500 with the closing prayer once again by Agba Jerome (Seminarian).
End of the Year Party
As an annual celebration which has become the culture of the school took place on the 14th December, 2015. This 2015 edition of The End of Year Party was exceptional and thrilling. This was as a result of events encompassing invited guests who upon their performance went home with fascinating prizes.
Other major highlight of the event was the KK. ( Kriss Kringle – anonymous Christmas gift sharing). This year, the KK was unique and encouraging as all the staff both academic and non-academics bought varying gifts for their KKs.
Also, there was a presentation of gifts to both academic and non-academic staff of the school by a Purported Santa Claus (Father Christmas) courtesy of the school principal. This interesting event was flavoured by music and dance for refreshment by all in attendance.
This however came to an exciting end with a remark by the school principal thanking God for bringing us all this far. She also prayed the good Lord to guide and protect all staff, students and parents of St Joseph Secondary School Nyiman. The party came to an end at about 7:30pm. This end of the year party subsequently marked the end of the year and term for the school.
Long live St. Joseph Secondary School Nyiman!
Long live Sisters of the Nativity!!
Long live Catholic Diocese of Makurdi!!!

Compiled by:
Jirgba Solomon
Tuhwa Terwase

News Editors:
Mbapuun Festus
Jato Solomon

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