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The people of Mmaku, in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State last weekend rolled out the drum in their numbers to remember and honor one of their great sons, Anthony Andeh, a foremost Nigerian boxer. Anthony Andeh who was born 16 August 1945, to the family of Mr, and Mrs, Andeh of Otokwu Mmaku, was the first Nigerian Olympic gold medalist in boxing. He competed in the men’s featherweight event at the 1964 Summer Olympics, and then won the gold medal in the lightweight event at the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica and his younger brother Davidson Andeh was the world amateur champion. Anthony Andeh, ruled Nigeria and African Lightweight Championship for many years before he was dethroned by Obisia Nwakpa.
The remembrance was triggered at a ceremony of the commissioning of an Olympic standard tennis court and boxing kits that run into millions of Naira constructed by Bob Andeh, Anthony’s son as a gift to the people of Mmaku and Enugu State located at Mmaku High School Mmaku, where Bob attended secondary school, to encourage youths in sports and education development.
Despite the court, Bob and Toby Okechukwu member representing Awgu, Aniniri and Oji-River federal constituency renovated two school buildings each, with solar energy to encourage the students and reduce the rate of school drop outs.
Commissioning the three projects, Toby Okechukwu, expressed joy over what Bob did and described him as a lover of his people. “I am happy about what our brother has done; this is how to be a philanthropist, this is how to have community spirit. It is evidence that he is taking after his father, we are encouraging him to continue in the way he is going, history and God will always remember him,” Okechukwu said. Speaking … Read More...