Nollywood Celebrity Gist: Prophet Joshua Iginla is the Abuja-based Nigerian Pastor who is in the news for giving out exotic cars to a number of Nollywood Actors on his birthday. The wealthy pastor have come out to reveal he gave out the cars to show the world Nollywood Actors are poor, not rich as portrayed in Nigerian movies.
The Senior Pastor of Champions Royal Assembly, Kubwa, Abuja, Prophet Joshua Iginla, reportedly gave out a total of 32 cars last Sunday to Nollywood actors.
He said the gesture was to dispel the wrong notion that many of them are rich as depicted in movies.
Six Nollywood actors and actresses, including Prince Jide Kosoko, Francis Duru, Alex Usifo, Ngozi Ezeonu, Thelma Nwosu and Sunday Omobolanle popularly known as Aluwe, reportedly received Hummer Jeep 3 series, Mercedes G-Wagon and Mercedes CLS 550 from the cleric in commemoration of his birthday.
Speaking on why he targets Nollywood practitioners, here’s what pastor Iginla had to say:
“Many of them are poor but many people erroneously think they are rich because of the kind of wealthy roles some of them play in the movies. So this is my own way of correcting the wrong impression.”
The pastor also said he has never seen many of the actors he gifted cars until on the day of the giveaway to commemorate his birthday. 16 of the 32 cars the pastor doled out were SUVs.
“The Nollywood actors and actresses are our ambassadors; they have projected the image of this country positively. I’m seeing many of them for the first time today. I am seeing Jide Kosoko for the first time,” he said.
Veteran actor, Jide Kosoko, who reportedly confirmed he was meeting pastor Iginla for the first time, commended him for his philanthropy.
The pastor says philanthropy is his way of affecting the world.
According to Iginla:
“It doesn’t matter to me if I trek home. I have given even the car that I personally drive. I can only drive one car and live in one house at a time.
“This understanding is what has taught me that when I die, others will inherit my assets.
“The beauty of life is not in its duration but in its donation. I have not seen some of the beneficiaries before in my life or spoken to them”, the pastor concluded.
What words do you have for the man of God and do you commend his philanthropy?
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