Our Lady of Lourdes College was opened on 15th October 1963 to 35 girls and was the third all girls’ secondary school in the country. Its inspiration and origin was the brain child of Reverend Father Matthew Nabben, then Parish Priest at Joseph’s, Big Mankon, Bamenda, Cameroon who saw the need for a school for girls.
He named the school in honour of The Virgin Mary following a pilgrimage to Lourdes in France to seek divine guidance.
In his conviction, he went on a pilgrimage to Lourdes in France where he made a petition to Our Lady of Lourdes and then believed that his conviction was in line with the will of God. Upon his return, to he sought permission from Bishop Peeters, then Catholic Bishop of West Cameroon, and obtained the necessary authorisation from Dr J. N. Foncha, then Prime Minister of West Cameroon. With these first steps, the people of St Joseph’s Parish generously donated a building and the school was entrusted into the care of Our Lady of Lourdes. The Holy Rosary Sisters arrived from Ireland to administer the school and a few days later, 15th October 1963, the school was opened. The school remains under the authority of the Roman Catholic Church and educates girls at secondary and high school levels for the attainment of G.C.E. Ordinary and Advanced Level Certificates and in upholding the values of the Catholic faith. This institution is renowned throughout the country for its academic achievement and for its holistic education of its students. It has contributed to the ever growing number of female leaders and role models in many walks of life.