Chief Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuemeka Iwuanyanwu is a civil engineer, industrialist, and philanthropist. He was born on September 4th, 1942 in Atta, Ikeduru local government area of Imo State, Nigeria.
Iwuanyanwu attended St. Patrick’s School, Rukpoku, Port Harcourt, Rivers State from 1948 to 1954. He thereafter, enrolled at New Bethel College in Onitsha, Anambra State. He had his undergraduate studies at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he studied civil engineering between 1963 and 1970. Other academic exploits include; D.Sc. Engineering Morgan State University Baltimore, Maryland, USA; L.Ld (Hon) Shaw University Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; DBA Hon University of Nigeria Nsukka; D.Sc Hon University of Jos; D.Sc Hon University of Calabar; D.Tech Federal University of Technology Owerri; DBA Hon Edo State University and D.Sc (Hon) Engineering, Imo State University.
Chief Iwuanyanwu was one of the few Nigerians who blazed the trail in the elusive search for making the private sector the engine of the national economy.
His pioneering traits took him into newspaper publishing and that move saw the birth of the Champion newspapers which recorded a level of success that took quite a number of people by surprise. The Champion newspapers changed the face of newspaper publishing in Nigeria because before it as he brought in the best brains in the industry from that area. His business grew into a conglomerate of over 20 companies.
In the field of politics, Chief Iwuanyanwu has been a loyal member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), a party he has stuck with, and has pledged to stick with through thick and thin. Presently, he is a member of the PDP Board of Trustees. For some years, he flew the flag of Ndigbo as a frontline presidential aspirant of Igbo extraction.
He has served as Chairman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo State Creation Committee, Chairman Ohanaeze Ndigbo Planning and Strategy Committee, Chairman Ohaneze Political Committee, Board Chairman Federal Road Maintenance Agency, Board Chairman Nigerian Investment Promotion, Founding Chairman Raw Materials Research and Development Council of Nigeria, Chairman National Productivity Merit Award, Chairman Nigerian Sports Development Council, Founding Chairman Nigerian National Lottery, Chairman National Orthopedic Hospital Igbobi, Lagos and presently Pro-Chancellor University of Calabar.
He also founded the Iwuanyanwu Nationale Football Club of Owerri (now Heartland F.C.), which won several national and international championships.