Personality Profile: Dr. Kelechi Anyikude

Personality Profile: Dr. Kelechi Anyikude

Dr. Kelechi Anyikude is one person who stands out from the crowd. Here, we briefly examine the contribution and dedication in the promotion of Nigerian and African culture in the United Kingdom.

He has everything a person could ask for. He has everything a T.V personality, nay, a broadcast journalist could ask for. The education, looks, height and even what many would call that magnetic personality. Today, however, he remains a name to reckon with in diaspora culture and sports.
And for this cultural ambassador, there is no going back!

Dr Kelechi Anyikude is a rare breed. Having departed Nigeria eight years ago where he did his bachelor’s degree, worked in government and also served his nation, his sojourn to the United Kingdom has seen him engaged in various community work and sports.

Ever since, it is as if the call to serve, has proved to be his God given assignment.
Culture advancement was not Kelechi’s first call when he berthed the in UK in 2010.
The Federal University of Technology Owerri BTech (Hons) Biochemistry graduate also attended the University of Leeds where he bagged his masters and PhD degrees. However, the urge to potray his country Nigeria in a more positive light and promote her culture propelled Kelechi to serve as the President of the Nigerian Students Society, University of Leeds for 3 years. Such was the belief in him that the students kept returning him to serve.

Finding himself in the spotlight through his appearance on Arsenal Fan TV, Kelechi ceased the opportunity and the huge platform to exhibit Nigeria’s culture by wearing native Nigerian attires to football matches, singing Nigerian song and speaking in his Nigerian accent. This endeared him to football and non-football fans worldwide. In fact he changed the opinions of fans about Nigerians.

Kelechi has won numerous awards including the Best Nigerian Student President in the UK at the Nigerian UK Based Achievers Awards, Youth Leadership Award at the Nigerian UK Based Achievers Awards, Ndigbo Community Excellence Award, the ICON of the Year Award at the International Conference of Nigerian Students and My Green Gene Awards, UK.

Kelechi seats on the advisory board of various charities including Cancer Aware Nigeria and Nigerian Students’ Union, UK.

Kelechi is really passionate about Nigeria and is on the verge of setting up his NGO which will focus on the sustainable development goals, as a way of giving back to the society.

His hobbies include watching football, mentoring young people, and reading, travelling and listening to good music.

In 2017 Africa Youth Awards named him among the 100 Most Influential Young Africans, an initiative instituted to promote African youth movements and achieving and also restoring excellence in the works of young people across Africa.

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January 21st, 2018

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