I am Igbo from Nigeria and the reincarnation of my great-grandfather, Udoh Anaagö, a priest of the Earth-God Ani.
Born in 1945, Emmanuel K. Anizoba hails from a Christian family with strong Polytheistic ancestry, in Umubele village of the blacksmith town Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria. Son of a government teacher, he accompanied his father as the latter changed schools and attended government primary schools at Ajali, Awka and Afikpo. A turbulent youth, he attended secondary school at Okongwu Memorial Grammar School Nnewi (1960-63) and Igwebuike Grammar School Awka (1964). Having performed poorly at the end of his secondary school career (bagged a grade 3 school leaving certificate!), he entered the civil service in 1965 at Enugu as a finance clerk from where he joined the Biafran army (July 1967 - January 1970). In June 1970, his eldest sister invited him to Geneva, Switzerland, to study French in order to gain admission to study economics at the University of Fribourg. At Fribourg, he got a Licence ès Sciences Economiques et Sociales in 1976 and in 1979 he got a PhD in Econometrics. He was on the Dean's list at the University of Fribourg and was appointed Teaching Assistant to the Econometrics Chair. In 1980 he returned to Nigeria, where he continued his brief teaching career at the University of Port Harcourt.
He joined the African Development Bank (AfDB) in 1981 as a Statistician Economist. At the AfDB he managed the Loan Accounting & Financial Statistics Division (1996 - 2001) before being appointed Advisor to AfDB's Financial Controller in 2002.
At the age of sixty years he retired from the AfDB in April 2005. He settled in his Awka home, where he is reviving the Polytheism of his ancestors. He is married and has five children.
Dr Anizoba is Igbo and the reincarnation of his great-grandfather, Udoh Anaagö, a priest of the Earth-God Ani.