The Senior Pastor of Champions Royal Assembly, Kubwa, Abuja, Joshua Iginla, who gave out 32 cars to selected Nollywood actors and cash gifts among others to the less-privileged has opened up on why he made the move on his birthday.
“It doesn’t matter to me if I trek home as I have given even the car that I personally drive. I can only drive one car and live in one house at a time.
This understanding is what has taught me that when I die, others will inherit my assets. The beauty of life is not in its duration but in its donation.
“I have not seen some of the beneficiaries before in my life or spoken to them. I’m seeing many of them for the first time today. I am seeing Jide Kosoko for the first time,” he said.
Speaking on why he annually doles out posh cars to Nollywood acts, Iginla said it was because many of them are poor but many people erroneously think they are rich because of the kind of wealthy roles some of them play in the movies.
“So this is my own way of correcting the wrong impression,” Iginla said, adding that the fruits of Nollywood artistes are being reaped by pirates and challenged government to do something to arrest it: “Nollywood actors and actresses are our ambassadors; they have projected the image of this country positively and so they deserve to be treated well,” he said.
Iginla also gave out cash running into several millions of naira to the aged, widows, orphanages and also offered scholarship to orphans from nursery school to university level.
Veteran actor, Jide Kosoko, who confirmed he was meeting Iginla for the first time commended him for his philanthropy.
Iginla had in 2015 given 18 cars and millions of naira out as his birthday gift and has been increasing the tally on a yearly basis.
The beneficiaries of Iginla’s car gifts included Prince Jide Kosoko, Francis Duru, Alex Usifo, Ngozi Osondu, Thelma Nwosu and Sunday Omobolanle aka Aluwe.
Artisans were also not left out of the largese as some got generators and cash gifts, while widows got deep freezers, bags of rice and cash gifts ranging from N150,000 to N1.5 million.
Treasure Orphanage Foundation, Nyanya, Divine Wound Orphanage, Kubwa, and Christ Home Foundation, Kuje, got N1.5 million each and many bags of rice. Iginla also disclosed that he has 782 widows and orphans he caters for every year.