CHIGBO ANICHEBE is the Director, Development Institutions & Natural Resources of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE).
He was born in Owelli, Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State, in Southeast Nigeria on 6 March 1960. After the civil war in 1970, Chigbo resumed his primary education at St. John’s Primary School, Owelli but later transferred to Local Authority Primary School, Ogbutu, Issele-Uku, in the then Mid-Western Region (now Delta State), where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate.
He attended Modebe Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha, Anambra State (1976-1981). Graduated from the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Accra, Ghana in 1984 with diploma in Journalism. Obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in (Mass Communication), specializing in Print Journalism from Howard University, Washington, DC and certificate in General Management from the Harvard Business School (The General Manager Program), Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Certificate in Strategic Management from the University of South Africa (UNISA).
He has attended several Management and career development courses: Course 15 of the national Institute of Policy and Startgeic Studies Kuru, Near Jos, Lagos Business School, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, etc. Chigbo has held several positions both in the private and public sectors, including, Reporter/Editorial Assistant, Punch Newspapers (1985-87), Co-founder, West Africa Press Syndicate (WAPS) and Sporting Africa Magazine, Accra, Ghana (1984-1985).
He was the Washington Bureau Chief of The Week Magazine from 1996-1999. He has reported for the Montgomery Journal, Montgomery County, Maryland and the Community News in Washington, DC. Chigbo served on the United Nations International Elections Observer Mission to South Africa in 1994 that supervised South Africa’s first ever all-race elections.
He won the 1992 American Press Institute (API) Summer Fellowship, the 1992 Fannie Granton Scholarship at Howard University and the 1999 Maryland Correctional Administration Scholarship for graduate studies in Public Policy and Administration. He served as the Secretary General of Nigeria Students Union in Ghana from 1983 to 1984. On the political front, he served as Communications Specialist with the Republican National Committee (RNC), Washington, DC.
Before he joined the BPE in 2000, he was a Case Management Specialist (CMS) with the State of Maryland Division of Corrections, Baltimore, Maryland from 1996 to 2000.
He has variously worked as:
- Director, Post Privatisation Monitoring;
- Director, Industries and Services;
- Acting Director, Electric Power Department;
- Head, the Multi-lateral Agencies Unit;
- Head, Public Communications Unit in the Bureau of Public Enterprises;
He has served on several public and private sector boards as follows:
- Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN);
- Chairman, Transition Board, Ughelli Power Plc;
- Alternate Director, Geregu Power Plc.;
- Alternate Director, Enugu Electricity Distribution Company;
- Sofitel Hotel (now NICON Luxury Hotel), Abuja.
- Member/Treasurer, Board of Trustees, Gede Foundation, a non- profit organization based in Abuja, Nigeria and Washington, DC, United States.
- Member of the Society of Professional Journalists (Alpha Beta Chi), USA.
- Member of the National Association of Black Journalists, USA.
- Member of the International Organization of Journalists (IOJ).
- Member, Institute of Directors (IOD), Nigeria.
- Harvard Business School Association of Nigeria (HBSAN).
- Member, United Nations International Elections Observer Mission to South Africa (1994).
- Coverage of Nelson Mandela’s historic visit to Washington, DC in 1993.