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ImageChief Emeka Anyaoku - Former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth

I was educated ……

……at Merchants of Light School, Oba and University College of Ibadan.

My first job was……

……Executive Trainee, Commonwealth Development Corporation, London.

What I do now is……

…… International President, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF); Chairman, Presidential Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs, Nigeria; Chairman, Orient Petroleum Resources Ltd, Nigeria; Trustee of the British Museum in London.

Chief Eleazar Chukwuemeka [Emeka] Anyaoku was elected third Secretary-General of the Commonwealth by Heads of Government at their meeting in Kuala Lumpur in 1989 and took office in July 1990; he was re-elected for a second term in 1995 and relinquished the office in 2000. He is a Nigerian national, born at Obosi in 1933 and educated at University College, Ibadan, where he studied Classics, graduating with a London University Honours degree in 1959.

Before becoming Commonwealth Secretary General, Emeka Anyaoku worked with the Commonwealth Development Corporation and in the Nigerian Diplomatic Service from 1962 to 1966 including three years as a member of Nigeria's Permanent delegation to the United Nations in New York; and from 1966 to 1989 in the Commonwealth Secretariat, London. In 1983, he also served briefly as Nigeria’s Foreign Minister before the military coup d'etat later that year in Nigeria.

Emeka Anyaoku is a traditional Ndichie Chief in Obosi (Ichie Adazie Obosi and Ugwumba Idemili). He is currently also Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Council on International Affairs in Nigeria; a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Global Governance, London School of Economics(2000-2002); President of the Royal Commonwealth Society and the Royal Africa Society and International President of the World Wide Fund for Nature. He has received decorations from Nigeria (CON and CFR), and the highest national civilian honours of Cameroon, Lesotho, Madagascar, Namibia and Trinidad & Tobago’s Trinity Cross (TC) as well as Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) from Her Majesty The Queen in 2000. A published author and holder of 28 Honorary Doctorate degrees, a Professorial Chair has also been established in Chief Anyaoku’s name at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies.

What I learned along the way is……

……Good human relations are the key to success.

My greatest influence has been…….

…… My School Principal, Mr. Enoch Oli, at Oba, who taught me the importance of hard work and good inter-personal relations.

The best advice I ever received is……

……Do not postpone to tomorrow what you can do today.

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