Anthony-Claret Onwutalobi, an educator, a blogger, and a committed Nigerian activist, was born in Nnewi,in the heart of southeastern Nigeria, but he grew up in Ihiala, and in lagos state. There weren’t many well- known African male role models while Anthony-Claret was growing up, but he didn’t let that stop him from achieving his goals. He was especially interested in Computer Science and Business Management. Luckily, his parents encouraged those interests.
That encouragement drove him to excel. He graduated from high school at 16! Then he earned degrees in computer Science and Software Engineering at INTI University College and University of Wollongong Australia. Later, he graduated from the following universities: University of Helsinki, Metropolia University of Applied Science and Lahti University of Applied Science. No challenge was too great for Claret to take on.
Anthony-Claret is widely known among his counterparts for his breadth of outlook, liberal views and marked sympathy for African aspirations. People, who knew him intimately, described him as “a hard headed Africa man who sees straight into the heart of things, and never hesitate to express himself with the bluntness in which an African man never fails, if he works hard.”
In secondary school, while maintaining good grades, he was actively involved in events and activities including the creative Circle Club, Religious societies, Cercle de Francais French Club. In University of Wollongong, Australia, Sarwk Campus, despite a rigorous academic schedule, he regularly participates in extracurricular activities organized by the various international students Associations. He was instrumental in setting up the African students in year 2003 and was elected secretary of the Association for the Academic year 2003. Due to his excellent service to the community, he was awarded the Best Service Award
Claret has been extensively involved in student politics at both school and university. He has held leadership positions in number organizations. He was elected the president of the Association; hitherto, he displayed admirable leadership skills, which have contributed to the smooth running of the African students Association.
Mr. Claret has organized a host of cultural and charity events. He fought for the rights of Africans citizens in Diaspora. His zeal for helping the underprivileged is commendable. As the president of African student Society, he organized the first African convention Malaysia chapter to discuss issues facing Africans today, and is currently the President of an organization that is in the process of renewing the African image and restore black pride in the world.
He has also dedicated to increasing the profile of young African men and women in the university, and through his involvement in tutoring programmes and seminars in schools and university he is actively supporting future prominence of youths involvement in the society and youth empowerment program in Africa and beyond.
Claret is an education activist. His background and early experience played a significant role in his life. He has been extensively involved in youth development and social activism programmes .He is a facilitator in the fields of participatory development, Gender equality, HIV/AIDS, Human Rights and Environment. His passion for IT is clear, as his intention to use his experience and knowledge in the field to lessen the socio-economic class divide in Africa. He is a motivational speaker with a good sense of humor.
He has authored prominent articles on African issues. He is also a writer of everything from children’s books to satirical columns and articles. He was the Director of Publications for Mind Opener Magazine
As a pragmatist, Anthony-Claret offers an integrated and resourced based approach and teaches that the youth capacity development and empowerment can help our young people to be engaged in the community. Such an effort, Claret believes, would have gone far to arrest the spread of the HIV/AIDS epidemic that continues to cut a fatal, but largely preventable swathe through a whole cohort of youth in Africa and across the world.
Over the past few years, Mr. Anthony-Claret has done much to promote the spirit of multiculturalism among the diverse international populace. He is committed to using his knowledge to find a way to improve the socio-economic conditions of people living in Africa.
Today he encourages young people, especially African youths that it is important to study the African History in order to know who they are, where they are coming from and where they want to be.
My vision for Africa is a continent that will give birth to leaders of character and consequence. Men and women of principle, who will stand firm on the shoulders of past and present great leaders committed to making Africa a great continent where peace, justice, equal opportunity prevails.
“Education is the power to think clearly, the power to act well in the world’s work, and the power to appreciate life.”
It would be almost an impossible task to list all of Claret’s major life accomplishments. However, this author believes it is worth mentioning the following in the hopes that they will highlight the career of a man who truly changed the lives of most of Africans in Diaspora.
-> Nominated for the 27th edition of Who’s who in the world
-> Graduated with First Class honour (Bsc) University of Wollongong, Australia
-> President of African Students Association 2004 – 2006
-> Chairman and Organizer of First African Conventon in Malaysia
-> Director of publication of (Mind Opener magazine)
-> President of International Students Association (2003 -2004)
- Maiden Edition Mind Opener Magazine 2005, http://www.events/mr.onwutalobi-anthony-claret-recieved-warm-accolade-from-international-african-officials.html
- Sarawak Can learn from Africans, http://www.intisar.edu.my/news-african.asp Date accessed 12/10/08
- African Convention in Malaysia
- Onwutalobi A C, Codewism Philosophy , http://wwwcodewit/codewism-philosophy.html,Date accessed 15/06/08