Anthony-Claret Onwutalobi, a Nigerian activist, educator, and blogger, was born in Nnewi, in the heart of southeastern Nigeria, but grew up in Ihiala and Lagos state. When Anthony-Claret was growing up, there weren’t many well-known African male role models, but that didn’t stop him from achieving his dreams. He was particularly interested in computer science and business management. Fortunately, his parents encouraged his 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 the University of Wollongong Australia. Later, he graduated from the following universities: the 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.”
While in secondary school, he was active in events and activities such as the creative Circle Club, Religious societies, and Cercle de Francais French Club, all while maintaining good grades. Despite a rigorous academic schedule at the University of Wollongong, Australia’s Sarawak Campus, he regularly participates in extracurricular activities organized by the various international student Associations. He was instrumental in establishing the African students in 2003 and was elected secretary of the Association for the 2003 academic year. He received the Best Service Award for his outstanding community service.
Claret has been extensively involved in student politics at both school and university. He has held leadership positions in a number of 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 African citizens in Diaspora. His zeal for helping the underprivileged is commendable. As the president of the African student Society, he organised 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 restoring black pride in the world.
He has also dedicated himself to raising the profile of young African men and women in universities, and through his participation in tutoring programmes and seminars in schools and universities, he is actively supporting the future prominence of youths involved in society and youth empowerment programmes in Africa and beyond.
Claret has excelled academically throughout his university career, receiving numerous academic and leadership awards in recognition of his academic achievements. He became interested in philosophy during his secondary school studies, particularly the development of emergent philosophies. He also keeps up with research on the impact of information technology on human interaction in the global marketplace. True to his interests, he enrolled in the University of Wollongong Sarawak Campus in both liberal arts and computer sciences. Anthony-claret is a software engineer who graduated with first-class honours in Computer Science and Software Engineering from the University of Wollongong in Australia. Anthony-Claret worked for INTI University, Sarawak for two years as an education counsellor and later marketing executive. He was involved in Youth social upliftment projects both within his university as a counsellor, and in the broader community through programmes dealing with HIV/AIDS and the Youth Awareness programmes. He has travelled to different Universities and schools in Nigeria and other African countries to conduct seminars on the globalization of Education and YOUTH AND EDUCATION: TRENDS AND CHALLENGES.
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 the Environment. His passion for IT is clear, as his intention is 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 humour.
He has authored prominent articles on African issues. Likewise, he is also a writer of everything from children’s books to satirical columns and articles. Not only that, but he was the Director of Publications for Mind Opener Magazine
Anthony-Claret founded a Codewit Global Network. His works have led him increasingly to the conviction that the solution to the African problems must be solved by Africans themselves. This idea has led to a development of philosophical thought attributed to him called “Codewism”, where he clarified that the solution to African problems lies in eight key principles.
As a pragmatist, Anthony-Claret offers an integrated and resourced based approach and teaches that 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 African history in order to know who they are, where they are coming from and where they want to be.
In writing about his vision for the future, Claret notes:
My vision for Africa is a continent that will give birth to leaders of character and consequence. Men and women of principle, will stand firm on the shoulders of past and present great leaders committed to making Africa a great continent where peace, justice, and equal opportunity prevail.
“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 the Africans in the 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 Convention 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