Aliche, the African Version of Leonardo Da Vinci

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” Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius”- Henri- Frederic Amiel (1928-1881) Journal.

The above quote aptly captures the character of Professor Anthony Ugochukwu Aliche and corroborates the glowing tribute Prof. Mkpa Agu Mkpa, Former Vice- Chancellor of Abia State University, Uturu, and former Secretary to State Government (SSG), Abia paid in his citation of this intellectual giant. Mkpa in the citation describes Prof. Aliche thus:”He sees what others cannot perceive and considers what others may not be willing to examine and from such integrative approach produces stunning findings”.

In Aliche profound intellectualism is buried. I stumbled on one biographical magazine titled ” Milestone”. The magazine is not one of the flagship magazines that adorn the Nigerian media space but rather a biographical magazine that chronicles the life of prominent personalities. This very edition titled” Celebrating One of World’s Best Writers” was dedicated to Professor Anthony Ugochukwu Aliche.

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One of the paragraphs in the editorial arrested my attention:” In this dedicated edition we are celebrating the works of Professor Anthony Ugochukwu Aliche. A man in whom there is excellent spirit. He is ingenuity personified. He breathes and lives excellence. He is an author, farmer, teacher, philosopher, conference speaker, metaphysician and publisher with over 2,000 books to his credit .Professor Aliche has proved his mettle as one of the world’s best writers. Africa’s very best. A professional to the core. This is Africa’s Leonardo Da Vinci, he has written on all known and unknown subject areas and his ink doesn’t seem to be drying fast yet! …We present to you intellectualism made flesh and dwelling among us”.

I was stunned by few claims made about Professor Aliche in that editorial. One is that he has written over 2,000 books spanning all known subjects of human endeavour. One first thought was is that possible? Does any African possess that creative prowess? The second is that Professor creative prowess is equated with that of Leonardo Da Vinci- That means his writing powers are profound. And also Professor Aliche is a man of many parts- he is a musician who has some albums to his credit which include ” Chim Hurum N’anya, and ” The Lord Reigneth”. He has written many songs.

Professor Aliche and Da Vinci share some attributes and vary in some. Leonardo Da Vinci , the intellectual of the Italian Renaissance was noted for his enduring works such as “The Last Supper” and “Mona . He was born on April 15, 1452, in Vinci, Italy. Vinci, who studied the laws of science and nature was a man of many parts- a painter, sculptor, architect, inventor, military engineer and draftsman. His ideas and works have influenced numerous artists and have made him a leading light of the Italian Renaissance.

He received little formal education beyond basic reading, writing and mathematics instruction, but his artistic talents were evident from an early age. About the age of 14, Da Vinci began a lengthy apprenticeship with the noted artist Andrea del Verrocchio in Florence. He learned a wide breadth of technical skills including metalworking, leather arts, carpentry, drawing, painting and sculpting. His earliest known dated work—a pen-and-ink drawing of a landscape in the Arno valley—was sketched in 1473.

Professor has written books in virtually all fields of human endeavour and they include The Natural Dynamics of Imaginative and Creative Technology; The Dynamic Concept of Philosophical Mathematics; Have You Discover Your Assignment with Destiny; The Role of Ethics and Morals in Corporate Governance; Business Management and How to Achieve Organisational Goal.

Others are Metaphysics and Astral Physics( A New Cosmogony of the Astral Plane as Empowered by the Wisdom of the Rare Knowledge); Mystics and Challenges of Mysticism; The Adventure in Wisdom; The Mystical Life and Priesthood of Melchizedek; The World is in Need of You; The Encyclopaedia of Metaphysics;The First Principle of Science ( The Atmosphere of the Sun and Moon with other Elemental Beings Existing at the Proximity of Psychic Phenomenon); Understanding the Dynamic Creative Process Through the Waves; The Anatomy of Alchemy and Transmutation; Business Management and How to Achieve Organisational Goal; The Principles and Policies of Research Methodology; Contemporary Issues Which Determine the Dynamic Functions of Business Management; and The Dynamics of Effective Marketing, among numerous others.

In Aliche’s “The Role of Ethics and Morals in Corporate Governance”, a 260-page book of 30 chapters, he clearly subscribes to the fact that success achieved in every sphere of human endeavour is fostered within the ambit of certain natural laws and beliefs embellished with some standard code of practice, remains gloriously sacred. It further presents to the world the fulcrum of knowledge and a consequence of an inspired in-depth research aimed at defining success, development and achievement anchored on sound leadership. Whereas it re-enforces moral consciousness and sub-consciousness on the fact that truth is sacred; and that whatever is wrong is wrong; it is a glaring testimony that laws (both natural and physical) in as much as they are not against equity and good conscience nor repugnant to natural justice, remain the compass to success.

Because of the level of moral decadence in our society, heinous crimes such as terrorism, kidnapping, etc. have almost crippled the society. The corporate world is not spared by this trend as corporate moguls throw caution to the whirlwind, a situation that led to recklessness in handling the affairs of their organizations.

Ethics, which is defined as the guiding rules for directing the affairs of the organizations, has been discarded resulting in the collapse of big organizations in Europe, America and the unprecedented collapse of banks, public enterprises and infrastructures in Nigeria and other African countries.

In ” The Dynamic Concept of Philosophical Mathematics”, he demystifies the mystery surrounding the subject of mathematics and posits that knowledge which is described as power must be progressive. He replaced the age- long concept of QED with the “Anthonian Infinitude Mathematical Method” to the amazement of the western world. According to Professor Aliche, “if we can appreciate the creative mechanism and technology of mother nature, we will understand that imagination is creative, progressive, and mathematical”.

He is of the opinion that colonisation destroyed the black race, adding that the education system the colonial government brought was allegedly destructive and limited the best in us. Aliche queried:” Why didn’t they come with the education that would expose us to the secrets of science, technology, engineering, and other great fields?”

Prof. Aliche is a recipient of many awards which include the African Child Foundation Nigeria Author of the Year (2012); African Role Model by the New Age International Magazine; African Child Laureate for Indigenous Creativity by the African Child Foundation; Literary Excellence Award by the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) in 2015.

His work” The Natural Dynamics of Imaginative and Creative Technology, which was translated into other languages of the world including Chinese attracted an Award of Excellence to him from Washington DC in November 2015.

His research efforts have produced the following: The need to involve the Private Sector in the Economic Development of the nation;How we can use our Inherent Genius to Develop our Technology;The importance of Globalization in the Advancement of our Economy;The Benefits of Small and Medium Scale Industries in Nigeria;The Role of the Banking Sector in the Actualization of the Millennium Development Goals;Proposal on the Importance of Accountability, Probity, Financial Prudence for Civil servants and Political Appointees in Nigeria.

This genius hails from Umuoha Autonomous Community in Isiala Ngwa, Abia South. He attended St. Mary’s Primary School, Apa na Ekpu, and Ihie High School both in Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area between 1968 to 1980. His thirst for further education drove him to Concept Institute of Therapy, Texas, USA between 1980 and 1982. From thhere he proceeded to University of Science and Philosophy in Virginia, USA.

Indeed, in Professor Anthony Ugochukwu Aliche, intellectualism is defined and he has startegically placed Africa in the world map. But like the proverbial prophet who is of honour except in his hometown, he has not received much acknowledgement locally.

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