Governor Soludo Commends Anyaoku At 91, Commissions Library, Museum in Obosi

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By Julie Sylvia

Governor Charles Soludo of Anambra State has on Thursday commended the former Common Wealth Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, as he marked his 91 years birthday, commissioned a library and museum at his Obosi country home, Idemili North Local Government Area, Anambra State.

On commissioning the building that houses the museum and library by Governor Soludo, he commended Chief Anyoku for giving back to the society and stated that he is worthy of emulation.

In his speech, the celebrant, Chief Emeka Anyoku thanked God for attaining the age of 91, he said that all he acquired for the 34 years he put up as a civil servant was vested in the building that houses the museum and library and it was a dream that comes true for me and my wife.

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Anyaoku stated that he and his wife, Bunmi, founded a foundation, ‘Emeka and Bunmi Anyaoku foundation centre in October 2008, that avails scholars, researchers and General public, access to his repertoire of close interaction with the people and Government of the diverse, 54 member nations of the common wealth, spread across the six continents of the globe.

“The centre houses a museum that exhibits cultural artefacts from Nigeria, Africa and multiracial common wealth countries.It also has a library of books and materials, which include some of the personal papers of Chief Anyaoku, from his days in office, as Secretary General of Common Wealth of Nations.

“Our mission is to promote the study and practice of democracy, management of diversity in Nigeria and Africa, respect for human right and climate change. It also assists the education of the underprivileged children in Nigeria,” he explained.

Earlier, the traditional ruler of Obosi, HRM, Igwe Chidubem Iweka, who broke the kolanut and prayed God to continue to protect and guide Anyaoku in all his undertakings, expressed satisfaction with the establishment of the centre in Obosi.

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Speaking, the former Minister of Aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka, (Ike Obosi), described Anyaoku as the leader of Obosi community who has made the community proud.

Speaking, the President General, PG, of Obosi community, Chief Chimezie Obiajie, said that Anyaoku used the opportunity of celebrating his 91st birthday to also open his museum and library.

” The PG expressed satisfaction that since his assumption of office in August 2023, Obosi has been peaceful. Everybody who knows Obosi too well should know that for the past eight years there has never been any Christmas celebration without kidnapping, robbery, and gunshots except this last Christmas celebration,” he disclosed further.

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The director of the foundation, Miss Oluchi Nguzoro, said that Anyaoku resolved to locate the centre in Obosi because of the love he has for his community.

“Chief, Anyaoku said this is a legacy he wants people to love and value education. 90 per cent of the workers here are from Obosi, she further hinted.

Those who graced the occasion included the former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, Anglican Bishop on the Niger, His Lordship,Rt. Rev Owen Nwokolo, Igwe Pharmacist Alex Onyido of Ogidi.

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