Nigerian millionaire single-handedly built and donated a tarmacked road to his village

“Rich people in Africa want to show off their wealth. But others want to share it with their people” Koffi Anan


Emperor Chris Baywood Ibe with President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania
Emperor Chris Baywood Ibe with President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania

Echoes of joy were heard in four communities in Enugu State after a businessman handed them an uncommon gift. Their illustrious sons, Emperor Chris Baywood Ibe, Chief Executive Officer, Baywood Continental Ltd, single-handedly built and handed them an 8.5km-asphalted road. The road traverses Agbogugu, Isu-Awaa, Agbudu and Ihie town, all in Agwu Local Government Area of the state. The communities are still in a celebratory mood days after the facility was commissioned by Nigeria’s Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA).

road-lieEmperor Baywood Ibe, who maintained that the gesture was strictly a philanthropic one, had, on same day, handed over a one-storey classroom block and a remodelled church building he built for his native Isu-Awa community. The ceremonies were part of the activities he lined up to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his union with his wife, Empress Pat Baywood Ibe who was also marking her 50th birthday.

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