Philanthropist adopts sets of quadruplets at foundation’s yearly gathering
At this year’s edition of the yearly gathering of beneficiaries of his Louis Carter Scholarship Foundation, Nnewi-born businessman, Sir Louis Carter Izuchukwu Onwugbenu, who rose through hardwork and perseverance to become a household name in charity and philanthropy, announced the admission of a new set of beneficiaries and adoption of two sets of quadruplets and quintuplets into the Foundation and welfare scheme.
Onwugbenu’s life has been weaved around service to God, humanity and industry, virtues he said were inculcated in him from the cradle by his mother, Mrs. Cecilia Onwugbenu (aka Omakaa), and priests he was sent to live with before he ventured into local trading. During the gathering of beneficiaries of the Foundation he set up five years ago, he expressed joy that the beneficiaries were doing well in their academics.
The two sets of quadruplets and quintuplets bring the number of beneficiaries to about 150, cut across nursery, primary, secondary and tertiary school students, as well as seminarians/priests in training. The Foundation also carries out welfare programmes, such as clearing hospital bills for indigent patients, upkeep of some priests, the aged, invalids and the sick. Onwugbenu recalled his life’s journey from a humble beginning, from ‘altar boy,’ ‘mass-server’ and a regular face at the Uruagu unit Block Rosary, and his late mother’s and some priests’ role and impression in his life, which ingrained in his heart, the love for charity, especially now that he has enough resources to share with them.
He commended the beneficiaries that have graduated, saying their academic performance has remained great morale booster to him, making him appreciate the need to give back to society, noting that he draws inspiration from Psalm 128, which says: “Blessed are those who fear God and do His will, for they shall reap bountifully.”Onwugbenu, who is popularly called Okpata Ozuora, meaning, wealth that is extended to all, had at their birth in a relatively unknown God’s Mercy Maternity Home, Obiuno-Otolo, Nnewi, picked the huge medical bills of the quintuplets- four boys and a girl, named Akachukwu, Chiemelie, Chidiomimi, Chinweolu and Ezinwanne, born to a 40-year-old keke operator, Abuchi Odo-Ezugwu, and Ndidi, 30.
A man of few words, the philanthropist, an ordained Papal Knight, told journalists on the phone that he loves babies and would have loved to receive them personally.Apart from defraying their medical bills and instant adoption into his Foundation up to university level, Onwugbenu announced a global scholarship for the babies.The Nnewi high chief’s life of philanthropy has remained amazing, limitless and seemingly inexhaustible, with the donation of a three-storey building to St Louis Primary School, Uruagu-Nnewi. And testimonies abound of how he has touched the lives of those around him, irrespective of tongue, tribe or creed.
In their anniversary address, an undergraduate and a beneficiary, Arazu Chigozie, recalled that the Foundation started in 2013 with 43 students- 20 university undergraduates and 23 secondary school students- but has so far grown to about 200.He described Onwugbenu’s philanthropic zeal as having root far deeper than those of contemporary philanthropists, proving to the world that the poor economic situation in the country, which leaves many with low standard of living need not be a barrier to an enlightened future.
They presented special anniversary songs, traditional dances, mock news casting and dresses.Management of the Foundation, in a message read by Mr. J. Ifejiaka, painted a glorious graphic picture of things from inception. They introduced a beneficiary of the scheme, Ike Chukwuemeka, who graduated with First Class, urging all the students to gird their loins for harder work and better performance in their academics to encourage their benefactor, who they described as one among many that use their resources to uplift the less privileged around them.
Rev Father Alphonsus Okonkwo, who led the anniversary church service, held in Onwugbenu’s estate at Ndi-Ojukwu, Uruagu- Nnewi, charged Nigerians to leave behind, the bad experiences of last year, but count all their blessings and carry the good experiences into the new year.He admonished all to cultivate the attitude of sharing with others, no matter how little, as it goes a long way in ministering to their needs and situations. The priest described Onwugbenu as radiating the benevolence of his late mother, adding that giving runs in the family.
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