Senior Pastor of the Champions Royal Assembly Church, Kubwa, Abuja, Pastor Joshua Iginla, who celebrated his birthday on Sunday by giving out 32 cars has got many people talking.
Pastor Iginla gave out 32 cars out of which were 16 SUVs. He also gave out money running into several millions of naira to the aged, widows, orphanages and scholarships to orphans from nursery school to university.
Among the car receipients were six Nollywood actors and actresses, Jide Kosoko, Francis Duru, Alex Usifo, Ngozi Osondu, Thelma Nwosu and Sunday Omobolanle, popularly known as Babaluwe. They got Hummer jeep 3 series, Mercedes G-Wagon and Mercedes CLS 550.
Pastor Iginla said he gave cars to the Nollywood actors because many of them were poor but people erroneously think they were rich.
According to him, the fruit of the Nollywood artistes were being reaped by pirates and challenged government to do something to arrest it. For him, the Nollywood actors and actresses are our ambassadors; they have projected the image of this country positively.
The sum of N1.5 million each and rice were donated to Treasure Orphanage Foundation, Nyanya, Divine Wound Orphanage, Kubwa and Christ Home Foundation, Kuje, while some orphans in the homes were awarded scholarships from nursery to university.
Artisans got generators and cash gifts while the widows got deep freezers, rice and cash gifts ranging from N150,000 to N1.5 million.
The senior pastor who said he had 782 widows and orphans he caters for, states that ”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 added that “It doesn’t matter to him if he trekked home after giving even the car he drives personally, since he can only drive one car and live in one house at a time. This understanding he says taught him that after his death, others will inherit his assets.
This is not the first of this kind of philanthropy from Pastor Iginla, as in 2015, he reportedly gave out 18 cars and millions of naira as birthday gifts to people to celebrate his birthday.