By Mercy Hill and Adejumoke Alebiosu
Veteran media practitioner, Rev Fr Chuma Anyaka, has donated communication gadgets to Fides Media as his way of supporting evangelization through communication media.
Fr Anyaka stated this at Fidesplex, Thursday, February 25, when he stormed Fides, the leading media outfit, with a truck load of video cameras, still cameras, studio lights, microphones and other accessories.
He said it was his gift to Fides to mark his retirement from media practice after many years in the industry.
While speaking to Fides, Fr Anyaka explained his reasons for bringing the equipment to Fides Media, saying he had retired and was hanging his gloves and thus decided to donate the items for evangelization and for the growth of the Church and society.
According to him: ‘What I had in mind when I went to New York in 1980 was to come back and set up a communication department for the diocese. I got all the equipment to set it up, but things did not work out the way I thought, so it did not happen’.
‘Working in the parish and teaching in the high school and university for twenty-five years, and retiring now, I do not see myself going around with cameras and taking pictures any longer, so I decided to give them out to the Church,’ he said.
Welcoming him, the Director of Fides Media Ltd, Rev Fr Martin Añusi, who was obviously joyous, thanked him for the gift of his knowledge and the items he had given to Fides. Describing him as a generous priest, he said that Fr Anyaka was a rare gift to the Diocese, to Fides Media and the world in general.
Fr Añusi noted that some other persons could have asked for monetary exchange for the items, but Fr Anyaka donated them voluntarily to enhance Fides productivity.
He prayed that the friendship between Fides and the over 80-year-old priest would continue to yield better fruits.
In his remarks later at the round-table chat with Fides Management, the Deputy Director I and the Director of Sports, Awka Diocese, Rev Fr Coach Obinna Dike, appreciated Fr Anyaka for counting Fides Media worthy of the equipment.
‘Thank you for being our guardian angel in this regard, not just for the equipment but also for understanding the necessity of this” he said, adding that “the equipment that you just brought will give us impetus to maintain the pace and even do more”.
‘On behalf of the bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, the priests working in Fides Media and all members of staff of Fides Media, I appreciate your benevolent act. We pray that the seed you have sown today will yield good fruits,’ Fr Dike prayed.