Chief Emeka Anyaoku

Welcome! As the Youths, engage this role model, accomplished banker, wife, mother humanitarian and a true Nigerian achiever, in the person of Chief Emeka Anyaoku. 

Chief Emeka Anyaoku is one of Nigeria’s most reputable career diplomat and a true representative of the motherland. Chief Emeka Anyaoku was born, 18th January 1933, in Obosi, Anambra state, southeast, Nigeria. He attended the University of London, where he obtained an honored degree in classics. In 1959, Emeka Anyaoku joined the Commonwealth Development Corporation. Following Nigeria's independence, he joined Nigeria's diplomatic service, and in 1963 he was posted to his permanent mission, United Nations in New York. In 1977, he was elected as the Deputy Secretary General by the Commonwealth heads of government. In 1983, the Nigerian civilian government appointed Emeka Anyaoku to become the Nigerian's Foreign Minister, after the overthrown of the government, by the military. Later that year, he returned to his position, as the Deputy Secretary-General, with the support of the new government in Nigeria and the endorsement of all Commonwealth governments.

In 1989, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, at Kuala Lumpur, Chief Anyaoku was elected as the third Commonwealth Secretary General. He was re-elected at the 1993 Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Limassol for a second five-year tenure, beginning from 1st April 1995.

In 1990, the heads of all 19 communities of the Idemili clan in his home state of Anambra, accorded Emeka Anyaoku, with a unique honor, by investing him with the title of "Ugwumba Idemili". His wife, Princess Bunmi Anyaoku is also a chieftains of Ugoma Obosi and Idemili in her own right, with a long involvement of Welfare in Nigeria and throughout the Commonwealth. From 2001 to 2010, he became the president of the worldwide fund for nature.
He is also the vice president of the Royal Commonwealth Society.
Chief Emeka Anyaoku has been married since 1962, to Princess Bunmi Anyaoku; a daughter of a king in Abeokuta, Nigeria. Both have four children; their daughter Adiba and three sons; Oluyemisi, Obiechina, and Emenike. Chief Emeka Anyaoku has two grandchildren, born to Adiba and her husband; Irene Ighidaro and Osita Ighodaro.

Chief Emeka Anyaoku is an Anglican, his father having converted to that faith.