The late Michael was until his death, the Co-ordinator General of the Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe Foundation and a member of its Board of Trustees.
His father, Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe, was reputed as one of the first Nigerian investors in the oil sector, while his sister, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, started the annual Africa Movie Academy Awards.
The victim was said to be on his way to an engagement in Nkwerre, his home town in Imo State on Saturday, when suspected armed robbers attacked his car on the Ore-Benin Road. He was shot in the chest during the attack.
He was later rushed to the EKO Hospital in Ikeja, Lagos, where he began receiving treatment for gunshot injuries.
However, he was said to have given up the ghost on Sunday evening, after the doctors at the hospital tried in vain to save his life.
A statement by one of his six brothers, Charles, confirmed the incident. It read in part:
“With grief and deep sense of sorrow, but with total submission to the will of the Almighty God who gives and recalls, the Anyiam-Osigwe family announces the untimely passing to eternal glory of Nze Michael Anyiam-Osigwe.
Michael was killed by armed robbers who operated on the Ore-Benin Road, near the Okada Junction, in the afternoon of 29th November 2014 at about 2.30pm.”
The statement added that Michael was survived by his mother, Chief Dorothy, his wife, Okiemute, five children, six brothers and a sister, among others.