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ONWA IGBARIAM 2019: Unveiling The Man Of Valour.





Chief Sir Lawrence Chukwunwuwa Anikpe, Onwa Igbariam (KSJI) was born into the family of Pastor Raymond Anikpe on the 26th of August, 1962. He is an undiluted Christian & the 4th among the 8th children of Pastor Raymond Anikpe.  

Chief Sir Lawrence Anikpe is a business magnate, investor and owner of Anikpe marketing company West Africa, Sea best Global Communications Ltd, and Emmanuela Automotors Ltd  which has interests in Africa, Asia and Europe.

*BUSINESS CAREER*
After the loss of his father in 1977, Chief Sir Lawrence Chukwunwuwa Anikpe as a young Nigerian trying to find his feet and achieving his set out goals ventured into business in 1982. 
In 1988 he established a small trading firm, "Sea best Supermarket at Oturukpo Benue State, dealing on different commodities and at same time distributing Swam & Yankari waters across Benue & Jos. 

Sea best Supermarket after recording a tremendous growth over the years metamorphosed into Sea best Telecommunications Ltd. After Chief Sir Lawrence Anikpe (Onwa Igbariam) got a franchise with MTN, he became the first man to introduce MTN to Ebonyi State and at same time a distributor of Nokia phones at Abakaliki and Onitsha main market.

In July 1991, Chief Sir Lawrence Chukwunwuwa Anikpe (Onwa Igbariam) established Anikpe marketing company West Africa Ltd, dealing on importation and distribution of Stallion rice and Semovita across the whole of Enugu, Ebonyi, Abia, Anambra & Benue States with the head office at Abakaliki. Onwa Igbariam is a very indigenous businessman. In his words he would say, "Nothing would help like Nigerians investing their money in Nigeria, if I have 100billion I will invest it all in Nigeria".

*EMMANUELA AUTOMOTORS LTD*
Chief Sir Lawrence Chukwunwuwa Anikpe joined Peugeot Motors Company in August 2005, after a brief stint in Engineering & Automobiles he was moved to sales and marketing where his career flourished the most.

In  2007 after he got his dealership with Peugeot, he built Emmanuela  Automotors Ltd  and in August 2009, the Company was commissioned by the former Governor of Anambra State, Gov. Peter Obi. Emmanuela Automotors Ltd covers the distribution of Peugeot cars in the whole of Anambra & Ebonyi. Onwa Igbariam is a great employer of labour in the South Eastern part of Nigeria with his most beneficiaries from Omambala, precisely Anambra East.

*POLITICS*
In the year 2010, as sighted on this day newspaper, Chief Sir Lawrence Anikpe was appointed the Anambra East Campaign Coordinator for the re-election of Gov. Peter Obi of Anambra State. This assignment he handled perfectly well and recorded a glorious victory for APGA in Anambra East.

As a result of his hardwork, excellent performance & consistency in the politics of Anambra State, he was appointed the Senior Special Assistant to the then APGA national Chairman, Sir Victor Umeh on Special Duties in 2011.

Chief Sir Lawrence Anikpe, in conjunction with HRH Igwe Ben Emeka (Okebo II Umueri), Prince Chinedu Emeka (Ikenga Anam), Justice Obidigwe and Osisi oma Umunya formed the formidable Omambala Union through which Umu afo (children of) Omambala fights for their rights & stake from the Government.

Onwa Igbariam is the Patron of Omambala Youth, a group headed by Prince Innocent Offordile (Eselu Aguleri).
He provided a Siena vehicle for Igbariam ward to enable a proper & efficient activity towards the delivery of the immediate past election in Igbariam to the favour of the quintessential working Willie.

With the above stated facts, Chief Sir Lawrence Anikpe has paid his dues in the affairs & betterment of Anambra East & Omambala at large.

*PHILANTHROPY*
Chief Sir Lawrence Chukwunwuwa Anikpe sprang to the hearts of the people of Igbariam and gained prominence in Anambra East LGA as a result of his philanthropic activities.

In Feb. 2014, he instituted the Onwa Igbariam Foundation, present in the occasion was the Executive Gov. of Anambra State, Gov. Willie Maduaburochukwu Obiano. In his words he said as quote 

     *Because of this man (Chief Sir Lawrence Anikpe), there is both cause to hope and certainty, that the agony of the poor in Igbariam shall give way  to peace and human dignity. The children of Igbariam shall know the great work of this extraordinary leader and his fervent to right the wrongs, do justice and save mankind*
In the same spirit, the St. Anthony of Padua road Igbariam was commissioned and later constructed by the amiable Governor. 

Onwa Igbariam Foundation has been able to train the youth in auto electricals & auto mechanic. The complex for other skill acquisition programmes including; sewing, baking, bead making etc is currently under construction.

Onwa Igbariam Foundation since its formation in 2014, on every 31st of December distributes clothes, feeds the stomach of the Igbariam populace through rice distribution, meat, oil, tomatoes and other condiments.
Through his foundation, Onwa Igbariam bought an L-300 vehicle for the Catholic Women Organization of St. Anthony of Padua parish Igbariam to contribute to the work of Evangelism.

*LEADERSHIP POTENTIALS*
Igbariam Progressive Union is the Apex body in Igbariam. Chief Sir Lawrence Anikpe served this body in different capacities ranging from financial secretary to the chairman of the great body. His influence attracted the construction of Unity Civic Center Igbariam.

As a peace loving person, at a time when there was crisis in his hometown Igbariam, Chief Sir Lawrence Anikpe was appointed the Chairman peace and conflict resolution to that regard, with his unique style and natural skill in conflict management coupled with his experience in life and exposure, he calmed the situation and brought a lasting peace to Igbariam.

*Onwa Igbariam being the CEO of three flourishing companies reveals his true potential as a good leader and builds that certainty that he must do credibly well in the State house of Assembly if projected to represent the good people of Anambra East*

*PERSONAL LIFE*
Chief Sir Lawrence Chukwunwuwa Anikpe is a very responsible father and husband. He is happily married to Barrister Mrs. Chizoba Francess Anikpe (Ugogbe Onwa, Adadioramma na Nsugbe). They are blessed with six (6) children, three (3)boys and three (3)girls.
 
*Chief Sir Lawrence Chukwunwuwa Anikpe convincingly has the capacity to vie for a higher position but like Prince Ajene of Obi LGA, oturukpo Benue State who after serving as the deputy Governor of the State, humbled himself to serve at ward level. His interest is to serve his people at every capacity irrespective of his affluence, carriage, experience, pedestal and exposure*

*ACCOMPLISHMENTS, TITLES & AWARDS*

Chief (Sir) Chukwunweuwa Lawrence Anikpe KSJI, is a Staunch Catholic and belongs to the Order of Prestigious Knight of St John International.

Founding Member Omambala Union 
Founding member Omambala Progressive Union
Former Chairman Omambala Union Benue State 
Former Chairman Omambala Union  Ebonyi State
Patron Omambala Youths
Patron Eri Kingdom Dynasty
Member Prestigious People's Club of Nigeria
Member Igbariam Okalakwu Cabinet Chiefs.

He was conferred on the title of Onwa Igbariam by HRM Eze Dr. N. N Kelly Okalaakwu of Igbariam Dynasty.
HRH Igwe Chibueze Agbo, Agada Idu 11 of Izhia Ezzamgbo Ebonyi State, also conferred on him the title of Nwanne di na-mba Ezza n'Izi Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.

Chief Sir Lawrence Anikpe received Awards from;
Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu University Igbariam Faculty of Law.
Army military Command Nkwagu Abakaliki Ebonyi State.


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