Loyola Jesuit College

Loyola Jesuit College
Loyola Street

Coordinates4°55′37.9″N 6°58′0.76″E / 4.927194°N 6.9668778°E / 4.927194; 6.9668778
TypePrivate secondary boarding school
MottoService of God and others
Religious affiliation(s)Catholicism
Patron saint(s)Ignatius of Loyola
Established2 October 1996; 27 years ago (1996-10-02)
PresidentPeter Chidolue
PrincipalChikere Ugwuanyi
Campus size28.5 hectares (70 acres)
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)Blue and white
MascotRoaring Lion

Loyola Jesuit College is a private Catholic secondary boarding school, located in Gidan Mangoro, Abuja, Nigeria. The school was founded by the Society of Jesus on October 2, 1996, and is named after the Society's founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola. The school has consistently ranked at the top of Nigerian schools in the WAEC exams.

Campus and history

Loyola Jesuit College is located on a 28.5-hectare (70-acre) site in the village of Gidan Mangoro. Funds to construct the school were provided by the New York province of the Society of Jesus and the United States Agency for International Development, Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad. The ceremonial laying of foundation stone took place on April 1, 1995 and was presided over by the Honorable Walter Carrington, the then US Ambassador to Nigeria. He described the site as a "field of dreams". The school opened with 101 students on October 2, 1996.

Sosoliso plane crash

On December 10, 2005, Loyola Jesuit College lost 60 students in the crash of Sosoliso Airlines Flight 1145, which killed 107 people. One of the two survivors was Kechi Okwuchi, a Loyola student. A new multi-purpose auditorium, Memorial Hall, memorializes the students who died in the crash.



Ordinal Officeholder Term start Term end Time in office Notes
1 Patrick Ryan 1999 2005 5–6 years
2 Peter Schineller 2005 2007 1–2 years
3 John-Okoria Ibhakewanlan 2007 2010 2–3 years
4 Ugo Nweke August 2010 December 2010 152 days
5 Ehi Omoragbon 2011 2013 1–2 years
6 Emmanuel Ugwejeh 2013 2018 4–5 years
7 Peter Chidolue 2018 incumbent 5–6 years


Ordinal Officeholder Term start Term end Time in office Notes
1 Jim Kuntz 1996 1999 2–3 years
2 O.T. Jonah 1999 2003 3–4 years
3 Marc Roselli 2003 2006 2–3 years
4 John-Okorie Ibhakewanlan 2006 2010 3–4 years
5 Ugo Nweke 2010 2012 1–2 years
6 Joe-Stanis Okoye 2013 2019 5–6 years
7 Chikere Ugwuanyi 2019 incumbent 4–5 years

Notable alumni

See also

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