About MA

School Logo The establishment of the school Mater Amabilis was one of the manifestations of the visionary leadership of late Igwe Okafor Ugwumba. Impressed by the activities of the Christian churches in Onitsha, Igwe Okafor Ugwumba invited one of the missionaries to establish a missionary station in his domain when nothing resulted from this initial attempt, he went back to Onitsha again and this time, he met with Bishop Shanahan, who did not hesitate to oblige this enthusiast and so dispatched a teacher-cum catechist, Joseph Chukwu emeka Odiakosa to begin the missionary work in Umuoji in 1905. As usual, the missionaries always combine their work of evangelism with Education of converts; so it was in Umuoji.

In 1951, with the appointment of Rev. Fr. John Jordan, assisted by Rev. Fr. C. C. Woulfe, then of the Catholic Education House Onitsha as parish Priest of Umuoji, the church at Umoji experienced another era of great revival. Rev. Fr. Jordan, a renowned intellectual and educationist built five new primary schools and a Teacher Training at Umuoji, with Mr. John Anamaleze, one of the earliest converts, as principal. The Teacher Training College went through series of changes, first as preliminary Training College (PTC) later as Elementary Training College (ETC) all in all; it bore the name “Our Lady’s Teacher Training College Umuoji, still with Mr. John Anamaleze as the principal.

His grace, Most Rev. Charles Heery, CSSP, the Archbishop of Onitsha, saddle with the zeal and vision for human capacity building and empowerment of the girl child, embarked on Teacher Training Colleges and secondary Schools for training of youths for useful living. Giving the very conducive environment already in place in Umuoji, Rev. Fr. Jordan empowered by the Archbishop, in 15th January 1962 converted the Teacher training College to Girls Secondary School known as “MaterAmabilis Secondary school Umuoji” Mater Amabilis”, Latin words meaning “Mother Most Lovable”.

It has as her Motto: “Vincit Omnia Verita’s which means “Truth Conquers All” the interview for the first entrants was conduct in Queen of the Rosary College, Onitsha (QRC) and about 62 students were selected for admission. They were all boarders and were housed in two hostels then, St. Theresa and St. Maria Gorete. The first senior prefect was Egbuna Justina.

The was run by Irish Missionary who aimed at producing aply, responsible and well educated young girls who will be future mothers, professionals and Rev. sisters for the betterment of themselves, their families, the society and the nation at large.

That seed planted in 1962 was watered and grew through the benevolence of Igwe Okafor Ugwumba who spared nothing towards ensuring that all that was required to enhance the growth of school was done. When the need to provide land for Agriculture, field for games, and land for erection of staff quarters for the teachers, igwe was a bit constrained as has freely donated his parcels of land and that of his brothers to the church and school in effect, invited other families to assist. In response to the clarion call, the Chigbo family, Hycenth Ndianefo Okeke, Agbim family and others all rallied round and assisted with their own parcel of land. The school will ever remain grateful to those donors.

DEVELOPMENTS

In 1966, students sat for their final exam and 60 of them scaled through while 2 of them failed. Excellent performance. However, the 1967 set, could not do their exam due to the civil war, for some reasons also Miss Ward left Nigeria for her home country, Ireland. At the end of civil war in 1970, the then government in power promulgated an edit by which all schools were taken over by the governments. The takeover changed the school’s name to “Girls Secondary School Umuoji.

Notably, the year 2001 saw the separate junior and senior secondary sections of the school in the same premises with Miss ChinweNwolum as the first principal of the junior secondary school. The guidelines for the management of junior and secondary schools in one premise was proposed by the state Education Commission and contained in the letter No. ANSEC/GP/AD/104/120 of 11th April 2001. The letter specified areas of separate existence joint operational/co-operation between the principals of senior and junior secondary schools. The dual principalship was later scrapped in 2003 and reintroduced in 2005 and finally scrapped in 2008.

THE STATUS QUO:

The Reference Public Education Edit (Transfer of Schools Special Provision) Bill 2009 ANGN/NE/INT/1105 of 3rd August 2009 signed onto law by His Excellency, Mr. Peter Obi, the Executive Governor of Anambra State, the school, has been returned to its former owner the Archdiocese of Onitsha render the proprietorship of His Grace Most Rev. valerian M. Okeke, the Archbishop of Onitsha, and in October 2010 Rev. Fr. Tochukwu F. Onyeanwuna was sent to the school as school manager. The work he has efficiently and creditably discharged to the present. And in June 2012, Mrs. Josephine Emodi took the mantle of principalship from Dr. Lady Obodozie.

Today, Mater Amabilis is a mission school, managed by the Archdiocese of Onitsha. As we celebrate its 50th milestone of existence in gold, we are poise for the diamond and much more. The history continues.

STAFF NOMINAL ROLL (TUTORIAL, NON-TUTORIAL, AND PTA STAFF)


S/N.

NAME OF STAFF

POST

1.

ONYEANWUNA, TOCHUKWU (REV. FR.)

SCHOOL MANAGER

2.

OKOLI, EBELE NGOZI (LADY)

PRINCIPAL

3.

ONWUKA, SABINA NKIRU (MRS)

V.P ADMIN (SNR)

4.

UGWUMBA, UZOMA CECILIA (MRS)

V.P  ACAD (SNR)

5.

ADIBE, FELICIA NWABUGWU (MRS)

V.P ADMIN (JNR)

6.

UZOEWULU, CHINELO JUSTINA (MRS)

V.P  ACAD ( JNR)

7.

CHIGBO  BENEDETH IFEOMA (MRS)

.

8.

EZIGBO, JOSEPHINE CHIKA (MISS)

SENIOR BOARDING HOUSE MISTRESS

9.

UDEZEH, GRACE OBIAGELI (MRS)

 

10

ANOSIKE ALICE I (MRS)

 

11.

UKOR, FLORENCE UCHENNA (MRS)

 

12.

OFODUM, CELESTINA ADAOBI (MRS)

 

13.

OKOYE, FRANCISCA IFEYINWA (MRS)

 

14.

OBIEKWE, JUSTINA UGOCHUKWU. (MRS)

 

15.

OKAFOR, CALISTA NNEKA (MRS)

FORM TEACHER / HOSTEL MISTRESS

16.

UGOCHUKWU, JOSEPHINE UKAMAKA (MRS)

 

17.

UYAMMADU PATRICIA  E (MRS)

SS 1C FORM TEACHER

18.

NKWOKA, MABEL UDOKA (MRS)

SS 3B FORM TEACHER

19.

AKUBUE, EBELE EUGINA (MRS)

JS 1A  FORM TEACHER / HOSTEL MISTRESS

20.

NWOYE, GERTRUDE OBIAGELI (MRS)

SS 3A FORM TEACHER

21.

EJINKONYE, CHINELO BIBIAN (MRS)

JS 1C FORM TEACHER / HOSTEL MISTRESS

22.

UBAH, MARY CHINWE (MRS)

JS 3A FORM TEACHER

23.

CHIWUZIE, OLUCHUKWU VALENTINE (MR)

 

24.

NWANZE, CHIGOZIE N. (MISS)

SS 3C FORM TEACHER

25.

ONUORA, IFEOMA JENNIFER (MRS)

JS 3C FORM TEACHER

26.

IGWENAGU, NNEKA C. (MRS)

SS 2C FORM TEACHER

27.

OKECHUKWU, NGOZI (MRS)

JS 1E FORM TEACHER

28.

ABUMCHUKWU, ANGELA .A. (MRS)

TEACHER GUIDANCE & COUNSELOR

29.

MBAMALU, MABEL ODINKEMMA (MRS)

JS 1B FORM TEACHER

30.

ONWUKA, TOCHUKWU SUSAN. (MRS)

SS 2B FORM TEACHER / HOSTEL MISTRESS

31.

OJUKWU, OGECHUKWU VERONICA (MRS)

 

32.

EGBUNA, EUCHARIA N. (MRS)

JS 2A FORM TEACHER

33.

NWANKWO, CHIOMA IFEOMA (MRS)

JS 2A FORM TEACHER

 

NON-TUTORIAL

34.

OFFOR HELEN UKAMAKA (MRS)

BURSAR

 

PTA STAFF

35.

EZEKWE, ODIONYE CLEMENT (MR)

 

36.

UMEORAH, CHINELO EMILIA (MRS)

JS 1D FORM TEACHER

37.

ANIGBOGU, EUCHARIA IFEOMA (MRS)

SS 1D FORM TEACHER / HOSTEL MISTRESS

38.

AMAECHI, PATRICK ESTHER (MRS)

SS 2A FORM TEACHER

39.

OFFOR CLEMENT IFEANYI  (MR)

 

 

EZEIGBO BLESSING (MRS)

DEAN OF STUDIES

40.

TOCHUKWU, GLORY EBELE (MRS)

JS 3E FORM TEACHER

41.

ONWUTEAKA DANIEL I (MR)

 

42.

EMMA OGOMA (MR)

HEAD ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

43.

OSELOKA CHIGOZIE (MISS)

 

44.

OKOYE EMMANUEL (MR)

DRIVER

45.

OKEAKPU AGATHA (MRS)

BOOKSHOP/ HOSTEL MISTRESS

46.

OKWUEGBUONWU, UCHE (MRS)

CANTEEN MANAGER

47.

OGBODO UJUNWA  (MISS)

HOSTEL MISTRESS

 

N- POWER STAFF

48.

ESIMONE  CHIOMA  .A (MISS)

 

49.

OBIWENITE  DORIS  .O (MISS)

JS 2C FORM TEACHER

50.

OKAFOR  GINIKA  .R  (MR)

ASST DEAN

51.

NZEKWESI  OGECHUKWU  .P  (MRS)

 

52.

OKENU EBERE  .E (MISS)

SS 1B FORM TEACHER

53.

IJEZIE  UCHECHUKWU .O (MRS)

JS 2E FORM TEACHER

54.

OKAFOR  EUCHARIA  .O  (MRS)

JS 3D FORM TEACHER

55.

EZEGWU  IFEOMA  .L (MRS)

J S2D FORM TEACHER

56.

OKOYE  BIRDGET  .O (MRS)

 

57.

UDUME  PHILOMENA  .C (MRS)

 

58.

OBI CHIAMAKA ESTHER

 

59.

ASIEGBU  CHIDEBERE JOY   (MRS)

JS 3 FORM TEACHER

60.

NWANKWOR EKENE CHARITY  (MRS)

 

61.

OZOR  GINIKA  IJEOMA

 

62.

OKEKE  HELEN  .E

 

63.

EZEH UCHENNA C

 

 

NURSES

64

IGWE JENNIFER

65

EGWUNGWU CHIKODILI

 

NYSC

66

EKWUBIRI CHIJINDU RACHAEL

67

OMOTOSHO SAMUEL O