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Onwa Igbariam Foundation empowers less privileged persons

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By Emeka Chiaghanam

In its humanitarian gesture to give back to society and appreciate God for mercies and unending love, the Onwa Igbariam Foundation recently feted the needy, widows and underprivileged.

The annual empowerment programme which holds on the last day of the year was held at the Grace Lodge, Ugwuorji, Igbariam, Anambra East Local Government Area.

Founder of the Onwa Igbariam Foundation, Lawrence Anikpe said the foundation, which is in its seventh year was established in 2005 in memory of his father, the late Pastor Raymond Anikpe to transform lives in Igbariam and beyond.

”I give God the praise for life. I lost my father at a tender age in 1977 and promised God that if He blesses me, I will bless others. And part of that is what is happening today.”

”It gives me the joy to put smiles on people’s faces. The more I help people, the happier I am. Not that I have so much money, no money is enough, it’s in the heart to give. Helping others comes from a giving heart.”

”I appeal to the wealthy in our society to help the needy and align themselves with the Think-Home philosophy of Gov. Willie Obiano, called Akulueuno. Most of our people’s investments are outside Igboland, they should think home.”

Chief Anikpe promised a bigger outing for the foundation’s empowerment in 2022.

Earlier, in his homily, the Chaplain, Divine Mercy Chaplaincy, Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital, Amaku, Awka, Rev. Father Justin Ezechukwu, harped on the significance of appreciating God for life, urged on the need to render humanitarian services to others, especially to those in need, often in difficult times.

”The last moment of the year should be a day of Thanksgiving. Always find a reason to thank God. We must be light to others. God blesses you to bless others. Your gift will only be appreciated if you use it to bless others.”

Rev. Father Ezechukwu charged the people not to be anxious for anything in 2022 but to establish their goals and plans and hand them over to God.

Speaking at the event, the Transition Chairman, Anambra East LGA, Obi Nweke, explained that the Yuletide calls for the spread of love through humanitarian gestures, and it has been Chief Anikpe’s tradition to bless the less-privileged in Igbariam and beyond.

”I’m not surprised that has been his way of life. I urge Onwa to continue his show of love. His charity to others will continue to pave the way for him and shower more of God’s protection and blessings on him.”

President-General, Igbariam
Dr Chris Offorkansi, commended Chief Anikpe for his gestures, stating that he has never let his community down.

”This period is a time we are expected to extend our hands of fellowship to others. Chief Anikpe has been touching lives, especially people of the community and it is very commendable.”

”Some people have more than him but can’t give. Giving or being generous is a virtue, a gift of its own. I will encourage Onwa to continue doing what he is doing.”

”In the past 12 years, we had crises in the community, but he has been doing what he has been doing. His gesture is part of the unifying force that the town wants. We want peace, and progress to reign in this town. What he is doing is part of cementing what we are trying to do.”

In his remarks, former Acting President-General, Anthony Obueh, described Chief Anikpe as a blessing to Igbariam community.

” This is not the first time he is empowering people but these year’s own is special. Because as at last year, the town was in crises. Now the crises have been resolved and he is empowering people to cement the peace now prevalent in Igbariam.”

”Unity Show is going on in the town right now, a good number of them are expected to be here at some point to witness what is happening. It will add to the fact that when you have you bless others”

He prayed for God’s continued blessing on Chief Anikpe.

A beneficiary of the programme, Paulina Areh
appreciated the gift from the foundation and prayed that God will continually shower His blessing on Chief Anikpe and his household.

Another beneficiary, Cordelia Iwena said the empowerment was a treasured gift because it wasn’t bought with money.

”The Onwa Foundation has over the years, empowered us. In showing appreciation, I pray that God will continue to guide, protect and bless Chief Anikpe,” she said.

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