Government College Umuahia

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Educating young boys to men since 1929

Excellence, integrity and leadership...


About GCU

Welcome to Government College Umuahia, a boarding school for boys aged between 10 and 17. A world class residential all boys secondary school located on Ikot - Ekpene Road, Umuahia in Abia State, which offers a combination of British and Nigerian curricula.


Our History

Robert Fisher arrived in Umuahia in 1927, on January 29, 1929 he opened the gates of the school to 25 students drawn from all parts of Nigeria and West Africa, but with catchment in Eastern Nigeria, and the Southern Cameroons. Government College Umuahia began in 1929 as a teacher training institute and in 1930, converted to a secondary school. Fisher ran this school until 1939 when, at the start of the Second World war, he left for England on retirement and was replaced by W. N. Tolfree.

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A Message from the Principal

The continent of Africa and the country of Nigeria is at a crossroads. We are at a time in history when we need inspired, ethical and responsible leadership.


Admission Procedure

Please be advised that we are only admitting JSS1/Year 7 students. To be eligible for admission, prospective students must be between 10.5 and 11.5 years of age by September in the year of admission.




The educational purpose of GCU is embodied in a programme of intellectual, moral, physical, and social development. The school inculcates qualities of leadership, self-motivation, discipline, honesty, diligence and respect for others.


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Mission Statement


The GCU Experience

Let our students tell you what it’s like to live and learn on a campus designed to build community, inspire, and challenge.

I was determined to attend GCU, motivated by a reputation that was legendary. In two years, I acquired the essential elements that have propelled me thus far—resilience, endurance, survival instincts, confidence and self-belief. Above all, from Umuahia, I took the lesson that relationship and friendship must be nurtured and defended.

- EKE, U. K
- GMD FBN Holdings Plc, Class of 1980

Government College Umuahia (GCU) will always have pride of place in my heart. GCU sowed the seed for the man that I would become and helped me form some of my lifelong habits, without me knowing how important those habits would become in mounding my life.

- Chukwuemeka Ndu,
- Vice Chairman, C&I LEASING PLC

Our Alumni


GCU did us well, it imbued in us a sense of pride and prepared us for a very decent and merit- based society, the ingredients that great Nations the world over, are made of. Which I will forever cherish and not trade for anything else. UMUAHIA my GREAT ALMA MATER.

- Sonny Iroche
- BsC, MBA - Class of 1970

State of the art facilities

Class Room Block A


Dining Hall

21st Century state of the arts Library

“Your Journey of a life time begins here”

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