The quiet city of Igbere, Bende local government area of Abia state was on standstill, Thursday, as Igbere-born philanthropist and founder of Alex Ikwechegh Foundation, Chief (Hon) Alex Ikwechegh, arrived his hometown for the yuletide holidays.
Alex Ikwechegh’s entry into Igbere could be described as “triumphal” as he was greeted with thunderous cheers from hundreds of residents, most especially the youths, who gathered to catch a glimpse and welcome the “man of the people” home.
According to report, the arrival of Ikwechegh can be likened the moment to Matthew’s account in John 12:8-11 where Christ’s entry into the city evoked great excitement. Igbere was moved; the people were gathered with great joy.
The great crowd were first observed at Uzuakoli in their joyful mood awaiting the arrival of the “man of the moment”. The crowd followed Hon. Alex all the way from Uzuakoli through Akara.
They were later joined by another sets who had gathered at Alayi, where they finally journeyed down to the business mogul Alex Ikwechegh’s Igbere country home.
The great fans, supporters and followers Hon. Alex Ikwechegh command does not come as a surprise to any owing to his numerous projects and programs for humanity and nation building.
Just recently, Hon. Alex Ikwechegh was recognized at the prestigious Leadership Excellence Awards as ‘personality of the year’ 2020 by Igbere TV, for his contribution to national development.
Ahead of the yuletide, as it has always been an old tradition for the Alex Ikwechegh Foundation boss, Hon. Alex donated 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’, has through his Alex Ikwechegh Foundation, donated to the poor and carried out several philanthropic gestures across the country.
His distribution of free fuel and kerosene has become an annual event in the whole of Abia state, a gesture which marks the philanthropist’s August 25th birthdays.
During the coronavirus-imposed lockdown across the country, the founder of GrossField Group embarked on free distribution of 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.