A BOOK in which the lifestyle and achievements of Sir. Ephraim Chukwugozie Anyachebelu, popularly known as Sir Gauze was exposed was unveiled Saturday, at Cihcotel Classique Ltd. Awka.
The occasion attracted some spiritual fathers such as the Archbishop, Province on the Niger and Bishop Diocese of Awka, Most. Rev. Alexander Chibuzo Ibezim, the Dean Emeritus and Retired Archbishop, Most Rev. Maxwell Anikwenwa, the Council of Knights of Awka Diocese, Anglican Communion, dignitaries from far and wide such as the Chief Judge of Anambra State, Hon. Justice O. M. Anyachebelu, Igwe Ben Emeka (Okebo II of Umueri), Anambra State’s Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha, the MD and CEO, Anambra Newspaper and Printing Corporation, publishers of National Light Newspaper, Ka Ọ Dị Taa and SportsLightXtra, Sir. Chuka Nnabuife, the Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial Zone, Senator Uche Ekwunife, represented by Lady Henrietta Agbata, the Chairman of the occassion, Dr. Emma Emelumadu, among others.
Sir. Ephraim Anyachebelu is married to Prof. Lady Faith Ebelechukwu Anyachebelu and they are blessed with five children.
In his opening remark, the chairman of the occasion, Dr. Emma Emelumadu described Sir. Chukwugozie Anyachebelu, a pharmacist as a philanthropist and an industrialist, adding that he has made tremendous impacts on individuals which he said was worth celebrating in life.
“Sir. Gauze Anyachebelu is really a man of generosity. He is different from what we see among others in our community. He is a true Christian whose immense contribution is not only towards the church but also empowering the lives of many people. It is said that God has made us his friends through Christ. So I want to say that Sir. Gauze as a true Christian has truly empowered many people out of his abundance”.
He commended the author of the book, Rev. Chukwukaodinaka Godsfavour Oragu, who has devoted his time to discover and appreciate Sir Gauze. According to him, “if you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing about”.
Dr. Emelumadu also called on Christians to emulate Sir Anyachebelu to impact in the life of others thereby going extra mile to help the churches, communities and individuals.
The Dean Emeritus and Retired Archbishop, Most Rev. Maxwell Anikwenwa thanked God for the achieved successes of Sir. Gauze Anyachebelu and for blessing him with good health; giving him the grace to make a comprehensive history of his life while still alive on earth.
“This book chronicles the testimonies of his life and indicates the need to leave a document which will not only inspire prosperity but will also challenge people to appreciate the fact that a life worth celebrating is achievable”.
Most. Rev. Anikwenwa prayed that Sir Ephraim Anyachebelu may continue to share God’s grace with institutions, human beings, Churches and the downtrodden and recommended the book to everyone, urging those whom God has blessed with material things to go and do likewise.
While unveiling the book, Chief Justice Anyachebelu described Sir Gauze as a registered philanthropist and noted that it is not only upon death that one should celebrate his or her life but while on earth, adding that it is a way of evangelism for those who have passion to help and inspire others.
“We have gathered to celebrate a man we all know. Some people may see him as a husband, a gallant knight, a relation, a colleague, a growing up mate, a managing director and chairman, a mentor, as well as a friend. So it depends on what aspect you see him. But the important thing is that in whatever way you have viewed or narrated him, he is a generous man.
Rev. Dr. Chukwukaodinaka Oragu noted that Sir. Ephraim Chukwugozie Anyachebelu is the CEO of the famous Gauze Pharmaceutical and Laboratories Limited, adding that the gathering was to celebrate a life of impact, a life of influence and affluence, a life of greatness, a life of dedication and devotion, a life of quintessential dexterity, a life of encouragement and achievement.
“We must always be conscious of how we live our lives and how people appreciate our daily activities if we are to go far in life, as well as influence our world positively. Even our Lord Jesus Christ, during His earthly ministry, would once in a while call His disciples in order to ascertain what people say about Him. I’m of the opinion that a constant self examination of an individual’s life by that individual will go a very long way in helping such individual pursue a very positive approach to life”.
Rev. Oragu noted that it is not just to celebrate the subject matter but to have a valuable document that will continuously inspire people to consciously determine to live such life that will enable them to leave a lasting legacy when their days on earth are done.
Sir Anyachebelu expressed gratitude on behalf of his family to everyone who came to celebrate with him.”I’m overwhelmed today to see you all. On behalf of my wife and children, I thank you all. Life well spent and successes well achieved are worth celebrating irrespective of our various fields”.