THE Household of God Church Sunday evening hosted the creme de la creme of the Nigerian society to an extraordinarily colourful benevolent annual love feast of the church tagged; “G.R.A.C.E,” which holds every last Sunday before Christmas in the church auditorium. Founder/Senior Pastor of the church, Rev. Chris Okotie, who used the occasion to elucidate on the essence of the Yuletide season, paid glowing tribute to an old student, a former Vice-Principal and the first Nigerian and longest-serving Principal of Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos (1963-1977), Mrs. Iphigenia Efunjoke Coker, who was honoured with this year’s Karis Award. Mrs Coker, MA, MFR, was honoured in recognition of her various contributions to education and the society at large.
In 1979, Mrs. Coker was conferred with the Member of the Order of the Federal Republic, MFR. As the then principal of Queens College, Yaba, she transformed the school into the premier school for girls in Nigeria and instilled moral values in the girls, including hard work, honesty and respect. Many of the students who attended the College under her watch have risen to national and international prominence.