To create an international school system that would stimulate and nurture intellectual development; sound understanding of Islam and all-round growth that would make our products good Muslims, global citizens and great leaders.
To be among the best secondary schools in Nigeria and a leading provider of excellent education (Islamic and formal/western) in Africa and beyond.
Qur’an and Sunnah
Making a difference
The School History
In 2004, the founder of Medmina College relocated to Lagos. Being a parent who believes that education is the best legacy for any child, he set out to get very good schools for his young children. To his dismay, he discovered a very grim vacuum in the education sector in Lagos and its environs: there were no good schools that could take care of his children’s needs as Nigerian Muslims.
None of the schools he visited had any provision for the kind of integrated education that would make a good citizen of the Nigerian child without eroding his spiritual needs. The problem here was that while Muslim children get western education in the good schools available, their religion is ignored or deliberately undermined in such a way that they grow up feeling inadequate as Muslims and eventually renouncing their faith later in life.
It is an accepted fact that no education is complete in these parts of the world without sound moral and religious upbringing. Though most of the good schools in Lagos and its environs provide moral and religious education, none provides Islamic religious training. In fact, most of them do not even teach Islamic Religious Knowledge!
For the founder, this was unacceptable. He took up the issue with a number of friends and soon discovered that most Muslim parents suffer a great dilemma. He found out that these parents wish to give their children the best education possible without compromising their Islamic faith. But because there are no schools that can take care of these two very important needs, many of them end up enrolling the children in schools that are committed to providing education and winning souls for non-Islamic religions. Most of these parents see the choice before them as a very difficult one; more like choosing between the devil and the deep blue sea.
This dilemma prompted a debate on what to do to help parents resolve their dilemma. At the end of the debate, which lasted weeks and months, the founder and his friends realized that the best way to address the problem was to establish a comprehensive secondary school that would meet the needs of the Muslim child in every possible way. They decided to establish a school to set an example and encourage the establishment of more of such schools to take care of the educational and spiritual needs of children in Lagos, its immediate environs and the larger society.
After the decision to establish a very good school with high academic and moral standards was taken, the next step was to bring the dream to life. Because the school had to be the best in every sense, the location was of paramount importance. The school had to be located within a serene, secure and comfortable environment where learning would be a delight. In addition, the school had to be located in such a way that it would be accessible to parents and children in Lagos, other states in the country as well as countries in Africa and the wider world.
After taking all these factors into consideration, the initiators of the school decided to establish the school in Ibadan. In the first place, Ibadan is just about 120 kilometres from Lagos. And, the team chose a serene and secure location off the Ife-Ibadan expressway. This is to make the location easily accessible for parents across the nation. For those travelling by air via Lagos, it is just 120 kilometres away; and for those coming from the southwest and indeed other parts of the country, it is conveniently located.
Now, Medmina College is set to provide the best secondary education possible for the Muslim child without compromising the child’s spiritual needs. We would blaze the trail in the provision of all-round qualitative education such that our products would be at the forefront of the Nigeria and Africa of our dreams in all facets of life.
Medmina, The Name
The name was carefully chosen to reflect the philosophy behind the establishment of the school. Because it was established as a co-educational institution, the need to reflect both genders in the name was important.
Since our vision is to nurture children that would be examples to others in every field of endeavour, the starting point became the Holy Prophet (SAW) who was described by Allah as the best example for mankind (Q33:21).
Med was therefore picked from Prophet Muhammed’s name. For the feminine part, we picked Prophet Muhammed’s mother as an example of the saying of the Prophet that if you educate a woman, you educate a whole nation. The Prophet’s mother was the vehicle Allah used to bring the Rossul to the world! So, “mina” was picked from Amina and we had MEDMINA!