“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”
The above dictum by the erstwhile African nationalist and President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, best describes the pristine virtue of human existence, which is founded on kindness, gregariousness, amiability, generosity and love.
We tend to spend a lot of time complaining about Nigeria. While our complaints are certainly justified, it is important to note that we all have the power to be change makers.
A Nigerian-American doctor is in the news today as he recently built and donated 100 bungalows for widows and other indigent persons in Umuchukwu, Orumba South Local Government Area in Anambra State.
Dr. Godwin Maduka is the founder of the Las Vegas Pain Institute and Medical Center. Dr. Maduka completed his Graduate Medical training at the Harvard University School of Medicine in Anesthesia and Critical Care and Pain Management.
According to Punch Newspaper,Beyond his career, he has made it his mission to transform his community in Umuchukwu. Over the last 3 years, he has completed various philantrophic projects including:
- Donating nearly 100 motorcycles to the unemployed and underprivileged members of his community.
- Building and renovation of a police station, barracks, and an updated post office
- Construction of schools, homes for widows, hospitals, and religious buildings
- Provision of scholarships to community residents to study at universities both in Nigeria and internationally
An excited native of the community said, “Today, there is no more thatched house in the community. Maduka has replaced every thatched house in the area with three or four-bedroom bungalows.
“About 100 of such buildings are currently in place in the community. They belong to the indigent natives, especially widows.
“All such buildings carry green aluminum roofing sheets for easy identification and beautification of the place.”
Maduka explains his philanthropic gesture, saying, “I embarked on all these to save my people from my ugly experience while growing up. I grew up in a home that when it rained, it rained more inside than house.
“Wealth would be meaningless if it cannot be used to better the lives of the people around the custodian.
“The wealthy must provide jobs for the youths; build skills acquisition centres for willing adults, market stalls for men and women, if society must be secure,” he said.