Renowned philanthropist and Founder of Alex Ikwechegh Foundation, Chief (Hon) Alex Mascot Ikwechegh, on Sunday, graced the 10th year memorial service of Late Chief Johnson Uzor Kalu, father of Senate Chief Whip, Dr. Orji Kalu.
The occasion, which held at Kalu’s Camp Neya countryhome in Igbere, Bende local government area of Abia State, attracted captains of industries, businessmen, renowned academicians and political leaders including the Senate President, top Governors, Senators and Ministers.
Meanwhile, Hon. Alex Ikwechegh arrived the occasion in grand style with his entourage and retinue of aides, amidst cheers from fans and supporters who trooped out en masse with various banners bearing the Igbere-born philanthropist’s photograph, singing his unending praises.
Earlier on Saturday night, Hon. Alex Ikwechegh hosted friends, associates and political gladiators including Senator Orji Kalu to the annual Christmas get-together party at the Munik Castle private residence, in Igbere town, in his usual style as it has always been a tradition.
Hon. Alex had on Thursday arrive Igbere in what could be described as ‘triumphal entry’, ahead of the festivities, as he was greeted with thunderous cheers and mobbed by hundreds of residents, especially the youths, who gathered to catch a glimpse and welcome the “man of the people” home.
The great fans, supporters and followers Chief (Hon) Alex Ikwechegh command does not come as a surprise to many owing to his numerous projects and programs for humanity, community development outreach and nation building initiatives, across the country.
Just recently, Hon. Alex Ikwechegh was honoured at the prestigious Leadership Excellence Awards as ‘personality of the year’ 2020 by prominent online medium Igbere TV, for his contribution to national development. This came weeks after the philanthropist bagged another award by “Project 20:2020”, alongside the minister of finance, Dr. Zainab Ahmed; Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state, among several high profile Nigerians, in Abuja.
Ahead of the yuletide season, as it has always been an old tradition for the Alex Ikwechegh Foundation boss, Hon. Alex donated several items including bags of rice, cartons of noodles, fuel, kerosene and other palliatives to households and orphanage homes.
Chief Hon. Alex Ikwechegh, the ‘Nkuma Dike Ndigbo’ and Igbere pride, has through his Alex Ikwechegh Foundation, over the years, donated to the poor and carried out several unprecedented philanthropic gestures across the country.
His distribution of free fuel and kerosene to citizens has become an annual event in the whole of Abia state, including the commercial city of Aba, a gesture which marks the philanthropist’s August 25th birthdays.
During the coronavirus-imposed lockdown across the country, the founder of GrossField Group and billionaire business mogul embarked on massive distribution of free palliatives to the good people of Abia state.
He also, through his Alex Ikwechegh Foundation, donated cash gifts and other items to widows in Abia and offset the hospital bills of many including a woman whose fingers were allegedly cut off by Fulani herders in the State.
Hon. Ikwechegh had in 2019 donated household items including mattresses, pots, buckets, food items and clothing to victims of police attacks in Ndiegoro, a community in Aba South local government area of Abia.
Also not left out in Alex Ikwechegh’s numerous philanthropic acts is the former NEPA cash office in Igbere, which now wears a new look, following its reconstruction by the philanthropist.
In the area of security, because Alex Ikwechegh believes his people must be protected at all times, the Aba-born philanthropist has carried out donation of vehicles to several vigilante groups.
As a lover of education, Hon. Alex Ikwechegh has thousands of students under his Alex Ikwechegh Foundation scholarship scheme, including pupils and students from Abia.
He singlehandedly reconstructed the Igbere Community secondary school in Igbere, Abia State, and has continued to donate millions to uplift the downtrodden and orphans in the society at every given opportunity.