Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodimma has expressed deep regret over the death of Mr. Damian Anyanwu, the renowned inventor of popular Radio Mbaise in the 1970s.
Mr. Anyanwu, a holder of Member the Order of the Niger (MON) died after a brief illness in July this year, according to the family.
Governor Uzodimma said Imo State in particular and Nigeria in general have lost a soul in Mr. Anyanwu whose ingenuity in invention was second to none in the 1970s and 1980s.
The Governor said Mr. Anyanwu impacted the lives of so many people positively with his Radio Mbaise and that, other efforts he made at the establishment of Science and Technology Polytechnic – /Kelly Research Institute – and stint at the Department of Physics, University of Nigeria Nsukka as an Assistant Lecturer, pointed to the rare gift the deceased had.
Governor Uzodimma therefore commiserates with Mr. Anyanwu’s widow and the entire family over the great loss and encouraged them to have solace in the fact that he lived a fulfilled and impacted life.
The governor said though Mr. Anyanwu’s death happened when he was needed most by the society, our comfort should be that he left a legacy which the society can point to and thank God for.
Late Anyanwu was best known for building Nigeria’s first private radio station – Radio Mbaise Fame in 1979.
Bio: Damian was born in January 1957 in Nguru, Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria. He is the founder of Damian Anyanwu Research Center inc (DARCI) in the United States. In 1979, he built the first private operated Radio station in Nigeria, know as Radio Mbaise Fame. His Radio transmitters were made from herbal granules stuffed in empty tins, wires and improvised local material.
In 1983, he was invited by former Nigerian President, Alhaji Shehu Shergari who decorated Damien with a National award, for his outstanding contributions to Mankind. He has also been honored internationally – U.S. president, George W. Bush invited Damien to Washington D.C for a presidential dinner where he was honored by the President and his cabinet.