Senator Chris N.D. Anyanwu was born in Imo State to Late Hon. N.D. Ukah, a First Republic Member of the Federal Parliament.
She had her secondary education at Owerri Girls Secondary School, Imo State before proceeding to the United States where she got a Bachelor of Journalism from the
University of Missouri, Columbia and M.Sc. in Mass Communication from Florida State University. She was an outstanding TV news Correspondent at Nigerian Television
Authority, where she was most notable for work as Petroleum and OPEC Correspondent. She conceptualized and pioneered the production of Newsline, the prime Sunday
show on NTA and the longest lasting TV programme in Nigeria.
The first Nigerian female publisher of a weekly national news magazine – TSM.
The first Nigerian female owner of a broadcast chain (HotFM Abuja, HotFM Owerri and more)
Former Commissioner for Information, Sports, Youth and Culture in the old Imo State.
First female Senator from Imo State.
A two-term Senator representing Owerri Senatorial Zone.
First Senator re-elected from Owerri Senatorial Zone
First and only Senator on the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
Former Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence & Army;
Chairman, Senate Committee on Science & Technology and now Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy.
She has won many national and international awards, among them:
UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. Awards from CPJ New York; CPJ Canada, Rapporteurs Sans Frontier Paris, Washington Press Council
And in Nigeria:
National Honours award; Woman of Indomitable Spirit (DAME); This Day Outstanding Women’s Award, Icon Of Media award, Nigerian Green Carpet; Tell Magazine Award
for Outstanding Contribution for the Enthronement of Democracy in Nigeria, due to her human rights activism in the military era, for which she was ‘nicely’ slammed
with Life imprisonment under Late General Sani Abacha. She however served three years before being discharged by General Abdulsalami Abubakar’s regime.
She has used the platform of politics to touch lives of rural constituents, offering: Soft loans to women and underprivileged men; University scholarships to
indigent bright students; ICT to rural people and skill acquisition for youths. She has also attracted good access roads; clean water for villagers; modern health
facilities and much more.
She is noted for her incisive and insightful contributions on national issues on the floor of the Senate. She has sponsored many bills and motions amongst which
Sexual Offences Bill, 2013
Nigerian Maritime Security Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2013
Explosives Regulation and Control Bill, 2013
Rock Blasting Explosives Demolition Bill, 2012
Occupational Health & Safety Bill, 2012 (Passed by NASS)
A Bill for an Act to Amend the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as further amended) to provide for a National Maritime Court that will be charged
with the jurisdiction to entertain Maritime causes and other matters connected therewith.
A Bill for an Act to Criminalize and Punish the Act of Discrimination and Segregation Against Nigerians, 2008