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NIGERIANS WITH INTIMIDATING CREDENTIALS —– CHIEF ELEAZAR CHUKWUEMEKA ANYAOKU, GCVO, CON, CFR FORMER COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY-GENERAL

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ROLE MODELLING: The objective of this column is to create the feelings of empathy in the younger generation, and even the old, in the society who are looking up to successful people as sources of encouragement. Robert K. Merton, a sociologist is credited with coining the phrase. According to Merton, a role model is a person whose behaviour, example, or success is, or can be emulated by others, especially by younger people. Should you read this piece on a great Nigerian, Chief Emeka Anyaoku,   please be encouraged to refer this to your children or younger ones to read so they could also be more challenged to face life with commitment and dedication. Chief Eleazar Chukwuemeka Anyaoku had a distinguished career in the diplomatic service, rising to the coveted position of Commonwealth Secretary-General.  Chief Anyaoku was born on January, 1933 in Obosi, South-east Nigeria. Anyaoku who holds from Idemili, Anambra State attended Merchants of Light School (MOLS) at Oba, Anambra State where he imbibed the culture of hard work, commitment and resilience. Cambridge School Certificate examination, he took 10 subjects and earned the school’s first-grade pass, the highest level. From here, his first job was that of a teacher at Emmanuel College, Owerri, where he taught Mathematics, Latin and English.  He graduated from the University of Ibadan from where he obtained an honours degree in Classics as a College Scholar. AS STUDENT ACTIVIST: His views on federalism that he still propounds vigorously till now were sharpened at the University College, Ibadan, where Anyaoku became an activist and was one of the undergraduates that protested against a unitary state, against federalism. They sent petitions and delegations to the three foremost political leaders in the country then, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe in the Eastern region of the country, Chief Obafemi Awolowo in the Western, and Sardauna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello in the Northern region.  . (Eye Of Fire” Spectrum Books, Ibadan, 2000, p.197) Anyaoku showed promise early in life, and his peers in his native community nicknamed him ‘lawyer’ on account of his logical arguments and presentation of his position on issues. He was always reading or working on an issue. CAREER: Emeka Anyaoku’s journey into the field of diplomacy commenced in 1959, when he joined the Commonwealth Development Corporation. In 1963, Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa persuaded Anyaoku to join the Nigerian Foreign Service. Within a month of his entry, he was…

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