By Kelechi Ugo
The inventor of the foremost Radio Mbaise in Imo State, late Mr. Damian Anyanwu will be laid to rest on Saturday 12th December,2020.
Late Mr. Anyanwu took a bow on 14th July,2020 after a brief illness.
Damian Anyanwu, a renowned inventor popularly known as Radio Mbaise took the world by surprise in the 1970s with the invention of a radio transmitter using local herbs and other locally sourced materials.
This gave birth to the then Radio Mbaise that transmitted on the short wave band.
He also floated a science and technology polytechnic in Mbaise known as the Ikelly Research Institute which graduated about 100 students in 1980s.
He was decorated with The Member of the order of the Niger (MON) in 1983 by former President Shehu Shagari for his giant strides and
breakthroughs in technology.
Anyanwu was also honoured with a commonwealth gold medal and also as an ALLIEN OF EXTRA ORDINARY ABILITY by the government of the United States of America under George W. Bush Jnr.
He was friendly and closed to many world leaders especially former Presidents Mattew Kerekou and Soglo of Benin Republic and was also closed to all the regimes in Nigeria until his death.
He played host to all the past governors of Imo State starting from former Governor Sam Mbakwe to the last military regime in the State.
Late Mr. Damian Anyanwu also supervised the establishment of the Enugu State FM Station during the regime of Group Captain Emeka Omeruo as governor.
History will never forget the feats of Anyanwu who was employed as a Senior Assistant by the Physics Department of the University of Nigeria, UNN Nsukka in the early 80s even without a formal university education.
A release by his first son, Ikechukwu Michael Anyanwu said that a candle light vigil in his United States Residence on the 10th of October will kick start the funeral programmes. He also appreciated Nigerians who have identified with the family during this period and also the Federal and State Governments for indicating readiness to work with the family so as to give a befitting burial to the departed icon.
Ayanwu is survived by a wife, six children, grand children, a brother, four sisters and inlaws among who is Chief Sir Anthony Okpokparoro, KSC, a popular United States of America based oil and gas guru.
He holds the traditional titles of Omenka Na Uzu 1 of Ogbe Ahiara and Ugwumba 1 of Ngurunwenkwo autonomous communities all in Imo State.