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Chief Emeka Anyaoku sitting at a desk doing paperwork

Emeka Anyaoku becomes the third Commonwealth Secretary-General


Emeka Anyaoku of Nigeria served as Commonwealth Secretary-General from 1990 to 2000.

During his stewardship, apartheid was peacefully replaced by non-racial democracy through a process which brought South Africa a degree of unity and reconciliation that the world found near miraculous. The Commonwealth throughout undertook important initiatives and provided practical assistance. Chief Anyaoku organised a high-level Commonwealth group to attend the launching of the constitutional negotiations (the Convention for a Democratic South Africa), and sent Commonwealth Observer Missions, the first - over two years - to help combat political violence, and the second to assist in and monitor the historic 1994 elections.