Collins American International Academy came into being from the heart of two brothers. The older brother, Uche, underwent his schooling in Nigeria during the time when floors were still dirt, seating was on long wooden benches, and lessons were memorized or flogged into you. Students were merely a group that needed to conform to a general standard. He did not flourish in this environment and struggled in school.
His younger brother, Collins, looked up to him as a hero and remained a true friend, even through the early stages of his business when he moved to the United States, and times were hard and money scarce. The younger brother went on to become a priest in the Catholic Church and enjoyed pouring his life into serving youth. However, before many years had passed, he contracted cancer. The brothers drew even closer to each other and dreamed together of what they might do for their Nigerian community.
The piece of land their father had purchased came to mind, and Collins said he would like to build a school. Uche thought of his own educational struggles and the much different experience his own children were having in an American school and added that he would like it to be to an American standard. Collins died before he could see the dream realized, but Uche forged ahead.
Bit by bit, he took of his own business profits and built the foundation and every floor after that. It would be ten years before the school would open its doors for the first time to the students of the Owerri region. In its first year, Uche chose an American principal to help carry out his school vision, and already boasted forty-five Nigerian students, three Americans, one Indian, students of multiple religious backgrounds, and was actively pursuing even more cultural diversity.
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