MOTIVATIONAL PERSONALITY OF THE WEEK – CHIEF EMEKA ANYAOKU

PROFILE OF CHIEF EMEKA ANYAOKU

  • Chief (Ichie) Emeka Anyaoku GCVO, CFR, CON, is the Ugwumba Idemili Kingdom.  He was born on 18 January 1933 in his home town Obosi – Anambra State.
  • He attended CMS Central school, Merchant of Light School, Oba, University College of Ibadan and the University of London where he obtained an honours degree in Classics.
  • His parents, Emmanuel and Cecilia Anyaoku embraced the Christian faith and as such trained their son, Ichie Anyaoku in the way of the Anglican faith and he also held titles in the traditional ways. 
  • He worked in several parts of the country, including the northern part of Nigeria, before venturing into international politics with the Commonwealth secretariat in London. 
  • Prior to the above, he got involved in teaching, lecturing and also worked with the railway.  He was an active pupil / student at each phase of this educational career, getting involved in school debates and union related activities.
  • Ichie Anyaoku obtained a London University Honours Degree in Classic as a College scholar and joined the Commonwealth Development corporation (CDC) in Lagos.
  • In 1959, Chief Anyaoku joined the Commonwealth Development Corporation and excelled on all assigned tasks.
  • While on this role, he got an opportunity to meet with the then Prime Minister – Sir Abubakar Tafawa Belewa who later pressured him to join the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) in 1962.
  • While at the commission, he also displayed great professionalism and shortly after was appointed the Personal Assistance to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs.
  • He went on to join the Commonwealth secretariat in 1966, which afforded him huge opportunities to get involved in several political interventions in Nigeria, Africa and the world over.
  • He also served at the Nigeria Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York in 1963.
  • He was first married to Princess Ebunola Olubunmi Solanke in 1961 and they are blessed with children.
  • Upon retirement, Chief Emeka Anyaoku and Princess Bunmi Anyaoku established the The Emeka & Bunmi Anyaoku Foundation.
  • The mission of the Foundation is to promote the study and practice of democracy and management of diversity in Nigeria and Africa, assisting in the education of children of under-privileged Nigerian families and assisting national and international initiatives that seek to protect our natural environment and address climate change.
  • The Foundation has also awarded numerous education scholarships to Nigerian children in real need of such support.

References:

anyaokufoundation / wikipedia.org

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