The Proprietress, Mrs. Aralola Faturoti, a seasoned and well qualified educationist with over fifty years’ experience, took the burden and vision together with her strong faith and planted the seed. Today, the seed is what has now grown to become Hallmark Secondary School: the Centre of Excellence.
She is a native of Ondo town in Ondo State and was born into the families of the late High Chief Olaniyi Awosika, the then Adaja of Ondo land and late Chief (Mrs) Comfort Awosika (Nee Fasehun) on 25th September 1938.
Her Educational Life
She started her primary school education in 1946 at Saint Stephen’s Primary School, Ondo and later obtained a transfer to Anglican Girls’ Primary School, Ondo, where she completed her primary education in 1953.
In 1954, Mrs. Faturoti gained admission into Saint Louis Girls’ Grammar School, Ondo, for her post primary education. She finished from that same institution in 1959 in flying colours. After her post primary school, she was one of the eleven female Nigerian students selected for Female Science Student Pilot Project in 1960. It must be noted that there was scarcity of female science students in the Nigerian universities at that time.
She attended the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, Ibadan, from 1960 to 1962 for her advanced level certificate course in Pure Maths, Applied Maths, Physics and Chemistry. After obtaining her Advanced Level Certificate, she proceeded to the University of Ife (Now Obafemi Awolowo University), and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry in 1966. Later on in 1971, Mrs. Faturoti attended Texas A and M University College USA, for an Advanced Certificate Course in Chemistry. Six years later, Mrs. Faturoti attended University of Ibadan where she obtained a post-graduate Diploma in Education (PGCE).
Her Career as a Teacher
Mrs. Faturoti has been a foremost educator and educational administrator. She taught Chemistry and generally, science subjects in so many top secondary schools across the western part of the nation. Some of these include: Igbobi College, Lagos, Ibadan Grammar School, Saint Theresa’s College Ibadan, and Our Lady of Apostles’ College Ibadan.
In Lagos, her teaching career took her to the famous Igbobi College Yaba, Saint Gregory’s College, Anglican Girls’ Grammar School Surulere and Maryland Comprehensive College. She was to later teach in her Alma Matter, Saint Louis Girls’ Grammar School, Ondo, where she retired from the civil service in 1985 while serving as the principal of the school. Everywhere she taught she was known to be very strict, honest, hardworking and a woman of integrity. The successful way many of her student have turned out testifies to this. Glory to God!
- She independently wrote a book on school certificate course on Organic Chemistry.
- She co-authored the “New Approach to Chemistry” with Mr. Dotun Oyewole.
Educational Institutions established with dates
Six years before establishing Hallmark Secondary School, Ondo, the resourceful woman also established a Nursery and Primary School in Ondo town in April, 1988. Today, the school that started with only about six students at inception has grown in leaps and bounds to be one of the best Nursery and Primary school in Ondo-State.
For her numerous contributions to education, she has won numerous awards that have done the Hallmark family, Ondo State and the nation proud.
Some of these are:
- Awards of Recognition – National Association of Science Students Adeyemi College of Education 2004.
- Presidential award of Excellence in recognition of notable contribution to Ondo State Educational Development December 2005.
- Award of honour for Excellence in Discipline and Moral Development of children, by Emmanuel World Children Foundation.
- Award of Excellence for Private Participation in Education – by FUTA Staff Secondary School Management 2005.
- Award of Excellence – National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) November 2006.
- National Association of Ondo State Students: Distinguished Persons Award 13th December 2006.
- Nigeria Union of Journalist, Ondo State Council: Distinguished Personality Award 15th December 2006.
Her Christian Life / Socio-Cultural Affiliation
Aside from being an ordained Assistant pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Mrs. Faturoti is also involved in the ministry of intercession through the Intercessors for Nigeria and the Wailing Women Worldwide (an international women intercessory organization headquartered in Nigeria)
Socio-Economic Contribution to the Development of Ondo State
To the glory of God, and as a notable philanthropist, she has single handedly paid up many people’s hospital bills, awarded scholarships, free education and vocational training services to so many less privileged children and indigent citizens as a means of empowering and making them to be positively relevant in our society. She is also a matron to so many charitable and philanthropic organizations in Ondo State.
Her Marriage and Family Life
Pastor (Mrs) Faturoti was married to Late Chief (Arc) Ebun Faturoti, (the Orunto of Ondo kingdom) the first registered Architect in Ondo State and the founder and principal partner of Architects Co Design: a foremost architectural firm in the country. Their marriage is blessed with godly children and many grandchildren to the glory of God.