Visafone Founder acquires American school in Nigeria

Visafone Founder acquires American school in Nigeria

Visafone Founder acquires American school in Nigeria

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The James Hope College (JHC) established by Jim Ovia, Founder of mobile phone company, Visafone Communications Limited, has acquired the American International School Lagos (AISL) in Lagos.

Ovia says JHC is establishing the James Hope College in Lagos, at the signing ceremony held Wednesday at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

James Hope College, Lagos will open its doors to students in September 2020, Ovia announced at the event promising that the College will continue to offer full merit-based scholarship to 40% of students that will be admitted into the school.

Visafone Founder acquires American school in Nigeria
Photo release shows Chairman, Jim Ovia Foundation, Mr. Jim Ovia ( third from right) and other personalities Wednesday at the signing ceremony of the acquisition of American International School Lagos Property to establish James Hope College Lagos held at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

According to him, JHC Lagos will sustain the outstanding academic performance that the institution it is known for. “More importantly, the offer of full scholarship to 40% of the students on merit ensures that the school’s equal opportunity model of academic excellence is extended to all students regardless of their state of origin.”

The event had Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos; the United States Ambassador, represented by Carol Cox; Ali Safieddine, Chairman of AISL Board, and other prominent persons in attendance.

According to the institution, James Hope College, a co-educational initiative of the Jim Ovia Foundation, offers a combination of British and Nigerian curricula. It is also a Cambridge Associate School, a member of Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and Association of British Schools Overseas (AoBSO).

JHC is in partnership with Microsoft Imagine Academy and GL Education. JHC is accredited by Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE), Pearson Edexcel Examinations and British Schools Overseas (BSO).

Ovia, currently Chairman of Zenith Bank, founded Visafone, the mobile phonne company that grew to become the largest CDMA network operator in Nigeria, before it was acquired by MTN Nigeria, the largest mobile phone company.

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